February saw the return of the night art trail Window Wanderland across our neighbourhood. We took full advantage of this free event and walked around quite a few of them for inspiration for our own display in March.
Back in January we were uber excited and proud that our Bristol poster had been selected as the cover of the Bristol Tourism official 2017 brochure. Since that publication hit coffee houses and bars across the land the support and feedback have been truly inspiring. So much so, it was the confirmation needed for us to take up the creative challenge of a Window Wanderland display. We jumped at the idea of creating our own display and set to work.
Having grown up south of the equator, where the daylight hours of summer and winter share roughly a half hour difference. It never fails to amaze and fascinate how spectacularly different the seasons are up North in good ole Blighty. The mystical hazy light of stretched summer days and the fairytale esque long winter nights.
Cities at night are beautiful places; full of sharp lines and pools of light. And whilst the city foxes go on their dustbin binges and owls hoot at the moon in the park, there’s something else that we all do when out after dark.
Window Wanderland in Bristol is one of those community events that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Simple in its design, it allows anyone, all walks of life and creative skill level to use their front windows. We have looked on in awe at some of the beautiful, some complex, some understated and all equally magical displays in our local area whenever the trail sprung up.
The subject for our display was a no-brainer. And the more difficult decisions came when we had to choose which elements of the poster to leave out or which parts would be too complex to translate from poster to a tricky display.
Scalpel at the ready, Robin set about the tedious and painstaking task of printing, hand cutting and glueing each section ready for colours to be added. Our front room quickly became a fine-tuned production line of PVA, tissue paper and masking tape. Once each section was measured and ready, we began the delicate job of applying the colour tissue paper before the pièce de résistance could be worked on.
We wanted to add an interactive element to our display. Rigging a small motor at the top of our window frame with some blocks of wood, a few gears, a piece of wool and ‘invisible thread’ from my sewing kit and tadaa! we had paper hot air balloons floating back and forth across our display’s sky.
It took us most weekday evenings late into the night and a few weekends of February glueing sheet after sheet of brightly coloured tissue paper ready in time for our display to go “live” during two of Bedminster’s trails on the 4th-5th & 11th -12th March.
The Public response was so well received from passerby’s, friends and family that we decided to keep spreading the Bemmie love for a while longer and eventually kept our front window display took pride of place between 4th – 19th March.