Day 2: Pop Up Train Tray Surprise

Today I travelled up to Edinburgh for my exhibition at Analogue Books (preview 7-9 pm, 3rd sept). I knew I would be on a train most of the day so took some photos of my local London Fields park and made a paper pop up for the food tray. Hopefully when the next passenger pulls down the tray they will get a pleasant surprise. For more info on this 30 day Speed Creating project go here.

You can follow my progress each day on Twitter and Facebook, Click here to view all the days so far in a row.

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Day 1: Bubbly Balls

Day one of this Speed Creating project and I found some polystyrene balls in a craft shop. I liked the different sizes and decided that I could maybe do something interesting with them.

I wanted to join them together to create a bubbly object. After trying different glue I realised that they just don’t work or melt the balls or take too long to set so I decided to use needles as a way to connect them by pushing half a needle into one ball and the other half in another.

I started joining balls but realised it wasn’t easy as in order to create strength in the ball structure each ball needed to connect to two or three others. The needles were difficult to push into more than one other ball at the same time. Eventually I got somewhere and created a mass of bubbly balls. Could develop in many directions, I like the look of it but needs a stronger method of connecting….

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Speed Creating – my 30 day project starting today

update: See the finished project index here

I have been invited by curator Daniel Charny to take part in the Anti Design Festival‘s Mistakes and Manifestos events. I am starting a new project called ‘Speed Creating’ where I attempt to do something creative each day for 30 days (gulp). Large or small, quick or time consuming I have no idea where it will take me. The project is from today the 1st of September until the 30th. So keep checking back each day, I will probably update late at night every day. Objects created during this project will be shown during the London design Festival, Mestakes and Manifestos, 18-21st September as part of the Anti – Design Festival at the Londonewcastle project space, 28 Redchurch st. Here is the official description…

Speed Creating
“Each day for 30 days I will make a new object, installation or creative intervention while going about my daily life. At home, in the studio, on the train or wherever my day takes me, I will attempt to make something that interests me creatively and then quickly document it on the M&M website (and here) via photographs, drawings or video. Each day I will receive a small budget of £10 for materials.
I believe that this self-imposed project with it’s constraints on time and money will force me to take an instinctive and experimental approach. The fear of failure and the usual time spent thinking through the potential pitfalls of a project will not be an option and I will need to react swiftly to my thoughts, observations and experimental outcomes discovered along the way. I am not focused solely on the final objects or images but on the creative journey I take. Complete failures are expected and embraced.”

I will document each day on this site but more pictures and details will be on the soon to be launched http://www.mestakesandmanifestos.com/

UPDATE: The project is finished and you can see the index of all the days here << here
Thanks to the excellent Sarah Roberts who kept me sane and organised enough to get through the project.