The other week I was lucky enough to receive a request to make an artwork for Crawley WORDfest. I encourage you to have a saunter around their website as the gig seems pretty spectacular. It’s a celebration of writing, literature with writing workshops, author talks, discussions, activities, and even some art makin’ fun to boot. If I could drop my life up here for a few days, I would skip on down to Crawley town myself to indulge in that kind of fun.
So. The commission. Create a piece for Crawley, of Crawley, to be auctioned at a WORDfest event. As they were requesting my usual style of crisp linear lines and a focus on a specific place, I was keen to do it and also keen to work with a different subject. Edinburgh, don’t get me wrong, you’re my current love but sometimes you just have to indulge in something else to keep it fresh. You know what I’m saying? (I’m only saying this creatively. Would hate for you to get the wrong idea about me).
As this event was focused on writing, I thought it would be a rather fun idea to incorporate text from one of the authors attending the event. Possibly a local author and preferably something written about the area.
The challenge arrived at my door with Julia Crouch’s ‘Cuckoo.’ Right. A work of fiction. Set entirely elsewhere. Possibly not the most ideal but you know, I like challenges. The book was a good read and I now have another author to add to the list of the many that I like. This morning as I was doing a bit of research on Julia, I found that this book was a product of NaNoWriMo (National Write a Novel in a Month). Wow! What a tremendous result. I cannot tell you how this encourages me to participate in NaNoWriMo the next time it rolls around.
Dear reader, I am happy to inform you that I found the most delightful string of words to use in the artwork. Ah yes. I know this, I’ve said this, I hope children all over the world (small children and big children because even as adults we still are holding onto that smaller, fresher version of ourselves) are still saying this.
To add suspence, I’m not going to tell you what it is and I’m not going to post my work in progress. I’ll reveal it a bit at a time. At first I need to gain your trust, reel you in, make you a bit curious. After all, isn’t that what a good story is all about?