Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway Day 6: Reuse, repurpose, recycle – #MakingWays #CityOfMakers #RicksFastArt

I’ve been in Orchard Square for a week and I’ve learned two things:

1. Everything I know is wrong.
2. See 1.

I only had one visitor today, although he is my biggest spender so far. However, the time passes much more quickly than I would ever have imagined, especially as I am working alone (mostly) all day.

Dan Sumption with a margherita spin pizza and beans on toast (buttered).

I had the “brilliant” idea to unmake the Correx (that corrugated plastic stuff) posters from the previous residency to make a sign to go at the top of the stairs to the mezzanine level. These sheets are A1 size (594x851mm) and I printed out a tiled set of letters to make a big “Rick’s”.

Assembling the tiles, cutting the template and then cutting the letters took me FOUR HOURS, by which time my back hurt so much from the bending I had to have a sit down for a while. I felt more than a little unmade myself, for a while.

I’m self-employed and work at home, mostly, and when I have to do anything, either physical or mental, I can normally do a bit, have a break, do a bit more, have a cuppa etc. But who knew that cutting out would be so physically taxing? The concentration allowed by the isolation of this residency is both good and bad.

I need more tea breaks, obviously.

I had no idea, but it turns out that Correx is very easy to cut and I did it with scissors, although I wondered at my decision by the end. I don’t believe in being hyper-pure, conceptually speaking, but I decided to only use discarded materials, although I have allowed myself to buy paint, and I got some spray paint for the plastic as poster paint is not going to stick to that. I also made the structural elements to make the pizza box costume and that will be go to final assembly on Saturday.

I’ve worked mostly in digital, reproducible media for many years and I’m learning a lot about materials. Also, there’s no undo in the real world.

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