Both Cowgate and Blaydon residencies began with walking, trying to get a feel for place (Traces of Place indeed!). Once however, the process of engaging and creating was in full swing, each developed along its own unique path.
So it’s pleasing now – as both projects are coming to an end – that lighting: a medium so important to the Blaydon project (and developed through working with Victoria Bradbury in Gateshead) has slipped across the Tyne and into the final ‘bling’ workshop held last Saturday in Newcastle Arts Centre.Working with Blaydon Library the emphasis had been ‘shining a light’ on the past, Victoria (who has been working with Gateshead Central Library) helped me convert the Art Club’s work Blaydon Races from battery to mains.
Then whilst participating in one of her workshops I realised how simple a light source could be: a little disc battery taped to a tiny LED. The ‘light-bulb’ moment was taking this idea and using it for making the Cowgate ‘bling things’ – medallions that not only reflect light, but literally light up too.