The idea behind this came about after researching Gregory Crewdsons work and a fellow student suggesting that I may like the work of Lori Nix. Nix builds miniature world or at least parts of them and makes them look like they have been abandoned or hit by an earth quake. These works of art appealed to me very much and my instinct was to try and produce an image that contained a narrative in a similar way to those of Nix.
There are many videos on you tube that have interviews with Nix and I was able to find out what type of media she uses for her buildings and quickly realised that along with foam board she recycles bit and pieces that she finds at home or ant and about. As I work within the recycling business this could actually be a way of incorporating some of the things that I have learnt about self portraiture, about putting yourself in the picture without actually being in it and of course gives me plenty of material to start the project of with.
I will explain in this post the process that i go through to make the high street and so until the project is finished this will be updated and certain points.
Most of the build work is done in foam board, which as it turns out is quite easy to work with and has the added advantage of being very light weight. I can’t say they are really to scale but I think people will be able to get the general idea.
As a person who enjoys the genre of still life I have collected things over the years to use within my photography, some of which has now come into play in this project. I often use rolls of wall paper as backgrounds to add different textures. It turns out that certain wallpaper, when coated in two different strengths of coffee makes for a pretty good wall and make believe fabric in a shop window.
For the brick work along the bottom I simply printed out some dolls house paper, this gave me some thing closer to the correct size brick that I was looking for.
I used the top off a small bottle of spay to make a litter bin and I also made a planter in the same design, these are just like the ones in my own town.
I want to make it look like there are some shops open for business whilst others have closed and stay empty or boarded up. I intend to use poly that I have picked up at work for the glass in the windows, mesh that I have been able to get from a DIY store and wooded boards that I have made using some more of the foam board and some wall paper. I also need to come up with a foot path and road surface which I think I will be doing with some slate colour lino or cushion flooring
Decided to try out some lighting tonight. These were done with a torch but I think I am going to see about boring a hole into the shops that I want lit and using some small LED fairy lights.
I have to say this project sometimes runs away with me and before I know it its time to down tools and go to bed…gosh life gets in the way some times!
I have decided that I need a cafe, every street has at least one cafe and they are almost always good at surviving the slumps as well as excelling when things are good, we do after all need to eat and it seems to me at least to be an area that many choose to cut back on last.
The tables are made out of one of those plastic things they place in the middle of a pizza to stop the cardboard from touching the pizza itself. I cut it in half and covered with a little bit of decorative paper. I need to trim around the windows and figure out a way to do some tiny menus and salt and peppers.