Katie Jo Anderson

Artist based in South West Scotland; interested in people, places, materials and collaborative practice.

Month: December, 2013

Site Visit

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I had a quote for here, but I lost it. 

Either way, I’ve been here lots of times trying to find a work that fitted the space. Mistake, as usual. Now making the work for the space. It’s great to be feeling excited and enthused about something. Needless to say, I need this weather to hang about for another week or so to get this finished up. Spare camera crews welcome!

Lantern Parade lights up the Switch On

 

 

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After a slightly hectic weekend – Friday arrived, and about 80 children complete with lanterns arrived to participate in Annan’s first lantern parade. The Boys Brigade who had been terribly secretive about their own contribution arrived with beautiful big lanterns, and the cubs and the scouts all got involved too. Thanks to the fantastic volunteers during last weekends workshops and to all the parents who brought their wee folk down to hang about in a chilly car park for ages!  

 

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Window Dressing…

Eagle eyed Dumfries shoppers may have noticed my telephones making something of an appearance on the High Street recently… Matt took a turn of the Stove’s windows for a couple of weeks. Windmills may have proved the most controversial, although as of yet there’s not even been a complaint in the Standard so by all accounts, a quiet turn for the Stove!

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Annan Lantern Parade Workshops

Yet another one of those side projects, last week featured a lot of children’s workshops, as over 70 children from 2 to 14 learned how to make paper lanterns for next weeks Christmas Light’s Switch On.

19 cubs on Tuesday (who knew how much noise 19 small folk could make? – I swear I was half deaf by the end), and something of a generation game time challenge, where speed became of the essence – although 19 lanterns in just over an hour ain’t bad, and they are the speediest tidies, a whirlwind of action took to the tables and wash basins. Brill wee kids.

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Friday and Saturday we took over the Corner House, and they came throughout the afternoon. Every single child managed just fine with a helping hand or two, and there are a lot of beautiful lanterns ready to take to the streets next Friday. Four remain unclaimed, to Morgan and Casey Swallow, Eleanor, and William D.H. I’ll keep them until the switch on, better find me in the Bruce car park at 5.45 on Friday night if you want them back!

 

There were a great muster of volunteers over the weekend, thanks go to Fiona, Rosie, Maureen, mum, Don and of course Julie – who know doubt needs a lie down after this week!

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Part two to follow after the parade on Friday. If you want to take part, bring your lantern to the Bruce Car Park for 5.45pm – I’ll have lights and rods on hand. If you want to watch, the parade starts at 6pm.