Monday, February 25, 2008

Panda old, Panda new

About a year ago I traded in my wee blue panda (see above) who had loyally served me for 10 years. It was a sad day, but the poor thing was rather unwell and required an owner with more car repair skills than I.

I knew things had reached a culmination the day I was filming a short film in Dumfries. I drove down in the morning and on the way, the engine started to smoke, then the exhaust began to start banging before just out and out roaring, like a trapped lion. By the time I reached the location I had also lost my radio, aerial and the windscreen wiper was malfunctioning. I drove into the quiet farm where we were filming with a RRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrr. The people I was there to film, the producer and all the crew were standing around in the yard. I pulled up and turn off the engine at which point, the car went pfffffff and billowed huge swathes of smoke. Everyone turned and stared at me. I just got out, closed the door and walked over as if everything was normal.

The nice RAC man got the car back to full working order again, though I did have to stop every 30miles or so to let the engine cool down. But it was the final straw and sadly I made the decision to trade it in and I am now the proud owner of an almost identical blue panda, with roof bars. Its a very nice car and very comfortable to drive, but it does lack some of the wonder features of the old model - no turbo boost and no "loud" button on the radio.

Anyway in honour of my old friend I attach below a print out, cut and build card model.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


The museum in Wem are after some kind of device that will act as an art object/ interactive piece within the musuems pernament collection but which can also be used by storytellers as part of a storytelling experience. This sounds hopefully along the lines of the Storytelling Machine I designed for the musuem of Shetland, so I am developing a idea along similar lines.
Had a few good ideas so far. One of which is using music and an old bird cage. I'll post some outline sketch ideas next week after the interview.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

not much cop

Hmmm - I have been very lax so far this year with posting on this blog.

Still no new images but two bits of news.

1 - the gallery show in Plockton is cancelled. (The gallery will be shut all year.)

2- I've been short listed to make a new museum piece for a gallery in Wem.

That is all. Good night.
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