Extreme craft, degree level craft, hardcore craft.
I’m exhausted from concentrating and high on glue fumes after today, but it’s been awesome. Along with 14 other local bloggers I helped to make one of the Windows in Exxopolis the next Luminarium. A Luminarium looks like this:
I’d been harping on to people about sticking together a PVC stained glass window for a giant inflatable sculpture, but it doesn’t hit you quite what that means. That the window design is based on intricate Islamic geometric patterns. That if you don’t stick a seam properly and the right way up, then the air can seep out, or the rain seep in. That one side of the PVC is shiny and the other dull, but only in some lights. That it’s going to tour the world, be seen by thousands of people and have to survive in extremes of heat and cold. It’s a HUGE responsibility.
It definitely revealed a great deal about the thinking styles of the bloggers present.
Hello its Gemma, Mammasaurus and Catherine got stuck in, Gemma kept the chat flowing…
Emma from Mummy Musings and her Mini Musing, who was an absolute angel, chatted to Becky from Baby Budgeting.
We welcomed Annie from Mammasaurus on her tour of the UK to raise awareness for Save the Children with #blogitforbabies.Becky from Baby Budgeting claimed it was too hard and she’d only cope for an hour, but ended up sticking til the end.Gemma, still not actually sticking, but she also brought amazing lemon drizzle cake.Lovely Louise from My Gorgeous Boys brought gorgeous cakes, here she is putting together a section of the windowCharlotte from The Crumby Mummy brought awesome chocolate cupcakesRuth from Mini Break Mummy made a really awesome AudioBoo about making our Luminarium window Annie has a croaky voice poor thing and you can hear me too. It’s the first AudioBoo I have listened too and it’s really impressive, I am hooked.
I met Lucy from LishConcepts for the first time, and she was a really lovely person to sit next to and very supportive when I got repeatedly stuck.Here’s Ruth, Lucy and me getting stuck in.And a pre lunch celebrationCharlotte was unstoppable and here she is celebrating a pretty star section with Kim from Architects of Air
And this is me celebrating graduating from 3 piece sections, to a whopping 7 piece section. Seriously it’s that complicated.
@FireflyPhil really got his head round the bigger picture, here he is piecing our smaller sections together. Too much for my not so geometric or logical brain.Charlotte modelling her massive section
Jen from Love Chic Living so had the right kind of brain for this, all this and she just popped in for an hour after work. It took the rest of us an hour to glue two diamonds together…
Here’s one we made earlier! Rosie Scribble, me, Becky, Jen, Annie and Phil holding up the final two segments
It was really lovley to meet up as a local group of bloggers, we had lots to talk about, tips to share and ideas for the future. It was lovely to get a visit from SuperLucky Di, who gave us good insights into running competitions, which she will be talking about at Cybher, and Di the amazing lady behind Buggy Tug, Teddy Tug and Toddler Tug buggy straps.
We’re all really excited about Wheee! Children’s festival at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham 2-9 June 2012.
Huge thanks to Andrea, Kim and Emily from Architects of Air for their patience and guidance and to Lakeside Arts for their fab hospitality. Thanks to all the amazing bloggers involved, who made Nottingham rock. And look out for us in the Nottingham Post Saturday magazine.
It’s not too late to reward our efforts, you can text donate in aid of Save The Children #blogitforbabies Text XVRL71£1 to 70070, more info on the Blog it for Babies blog.
I may come back and add some link love and proof read, for now I need to rest my weary head.
I’ll leave you with Amanda (and Becky) in a section of the Luminarium we previewed at a press launch last month. Somehow she dodged my camera.