FIGUREHEADS

The blog of project Unit X by a manchester fashion student.
My boyfriend’s photo of my work on the private viewing evening.

My boyfriend’s photo of my work on the private viewing evening.

GOODBYE PICCADILLY PLACE

 I arrived at 12 in accordance with the rota. The first job was to tidy up the copious amount of bottles, cups and rubbish from the night before (which lasted until 10!). 

We turned on the lights and set up camp. Not everyone turned up for their rota time (surprise surprise)Two people came round first thing and that was it so we cleared up and left everything tidy by about 3.

GOODBYE PICCADILLY PLACE

I arrived at 12 in accordance with the rota. The first job was to tidy up the copious amount of bottles, cups and rubbish from the night before (which lasted until 10!).

We turned on the lights and set up camp. Not everyone turned up for their rota time (surprise surprise)Two people came round first thing and that was it so we cleared up and left everything tidy by about 3.

THE ROTA

ROTA For ‘SOMEWHERE’

12pm-1pm

  • Mollie Gabriel
  • Gabriella Peakman
  • Emily Harbot
  • Izz Karpel
  • Rory Hickford
  • Amanda Farrar

1pm-2pm

  • Mollie Gabriel
  • Simon Freshwater
  • Jade Duckworth
  • Ryan Edwards
  • Alverson/Sam Kunts
  • Robynne Hardie

2pm-3pm

  • Gemma Felberg
  • Felicity Harbourne
  • Emma Elliott
  • Amy Bennett
  • Ade Ajibade
  • Jess Watson

3-4pm

  • Gemma Felberg
  • Carmen Etches
  • Lacey Houghton
  • Emma Elliott
  • Sophie Butcher
  • Katie Nolan

The private viewing was a success!!
Loads of people turned up. Our Facebook event page said that approx 90 would be going but there were more. I’d say 100.. Maybe more!
We had SO much alcohol I COULD NOT BELIEVE it when we ran out!!! We had 100 plastic cups all of which went and we moved onto the bottles of beer! Unbelievable. ART ANIMALS!!

But overall the event was really great. There was a great atmosphere and everyone seemed to have fun.

SET UP WEDNESDAY 16TH

I unfortunately had to attend a compulsory P.E. film session in the morning but came straight there afterwards. I met Gabby before and gave the roll of paper to her so they could get going.

The ‘curator’ Aaron arrived that morning. Bull in a china shop springs to mind. We wanted help and to make the space look as good as possible. But he didn’t go about it in the best way. Demanding things to be moved and not being particularly polite about it got stress levels up.

But in the end the place looked great in the end! I was so please how it turned out. The lights made all the difference.

The V.I.P’s that we were told to expect at lunchtime never showed. Later found on the map we were the very last one listed and slightly out of the way as the majority was in the Northern Quarter.

We were ready for the private viewing at 6!

SETTING UP - TUESDAY 14TH

We were to meet at Piccadilly Place at 11. Out of the 21 about 5 were there. WONDERFUL. (But not surprising)
We got cracking and started setting up. As there were limited people there we had to just put our work anywhere really. With no way of knowing what others (in the other group) work was like it was impossible to make informed decisions.

I wrapped two pillars with the string, using nearly four rolls. Gemma suggested not going all the way down the pillars and it was for the best. Looked good in relation to the size of the photos. (Printed 5 at a3 on thick paper- really pleased with how they have come out.) The small hooks added a bit if security.

People floated in and out. Bringing something and leaving straight after. Great contribution!

The second year guy that we had been informed was supposedly curating the exhibition was nowhere to be seen. He had been linked to the other group using the space and was supposed to have lots of lights for us to use.

The place looked so dead without any lighting as there weren’t even any lights in the space. So from the outside (and inside) it looked lifeless. Not good if you want to attract people to come in.

We did the best we could that day. By the time Robin and Eleanor came at 4 pm we were all fed up and freezing. Plus the place was so dusty after sweeping the floors!

The tutors said that it was a great space and it looked ok. But like us they thought it needed a bit of help.

They suggested spreading my piece across to fill more space. Which I planned on doing the following morning.

Robin was keen we made the most of the trams looking right in the place. Carmen and Amy agreed to print off lots of x’s to put facing out the windows.

I was also planned to bring in my roll of paper to use, possibly to white out the windows.

Bought some small bulldog clips to attach my pictures to the string. For the colourful ones and used my black spray paint on them.

Bought some small bulldog clips to attach my pictures to the string. For the colourful ones and used my black spray paint on them.

My favourite shots from the shoot. Tried to direct Hannah into strong, confident and bold poses. For instance, shoulders back and head up, no slouching.

It took a while but eventually painted Hannah up!

Started with the horizontal lines, working with the lines of the face, worked my way down to her feet and started on the verticals. I centralised a line down the middle of her body (starting at her nose) and worked from that.

Took a while but really pleased with the effect… a bit odd on the eyes.. perfect!

My room turned shoto studio! Blacked out windows using spare fabric and tape the background sheets to my large wardrobe.