Despite awful weather on the Friday evening, Jo Fairfax and the FLOW team managed to pull off another spectacular laser installation, this time STITCH – a 3 mile installation of 8 laser beams connecting the historic boot and shoe making villages of Wollaston and Earls Barton in Northamptonshire.
STITCH is part of the countywide GLOBAL FOOTPRINT project which celebrates Northamptonshire’s unique boot and shoe industry and heritage.
As always we are incredibly grateful to the photographers who submit their photos to the FLOW website – more to follow!!!
The spectacular images above and below were taken by local Northampton photographer Andrew Randall – cheers Andy!
Testing began last Tuesday evening from the top of Barker Shoes in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, on the latest laser art installation STITCH by the FLOW team, this time as part of the GLOBAL FOOTPRINT project, a celebration of the county’s boot and shoe industry.
STITCH aims to connect the shared heritage of the boot and shoe making villages of Earls Barton and Wollaston (the home of Dr Martens) across the Nene Valley. More information about the installation can be found here and via the GLOBAL FOOTPRINT wordpress site.
Thanks to artist Jo Fairfax, Laser Hire London (Dal & Darren), David Rawlins at Barker Shoes, Steve RSVR, Ian Brock, Andrew Hilton and Keith Park for the photos – more to appear shortly.
STITCH should hopefully be going live over the 5-7th October 2012.
For those of you you liked the FLOW commissions check out the new GLOBAL FOOTPRINT project taking place this year across the county which aims to celebrate Northamptonshire’s long-standing pedigree for its boot and shoe making through innovative new artworks and events by artists that include Jo Fairfax, Dominic Wilcox, Steve Messam, Jo Cope, Watch This Space, Robert Jarvis, Stans Cafe and Cabinet of Curiosity.
Events will be taking place across the county over the next few months including Dominic Wilcox’s FIELD installation below. Check out www.globalfootprint.co.uk for more details.
FLOW came 4th overall in the recent public voting round for Best Art project as part of the National Lottery Awards, narrowly missing out on the 3rd place spot which would have secured a place in the final later this year.
The shortlisting is a first however for the East Midlands region, and 4th out of 10 nationally not bad.
Many thanks for all your support, we will be posting news of new laser art installations to be undertaken in Northamptonshire soon.
Voting closes midday on Sun 22nd July 2012, so if you haven’t done so already please register your vote by email here:
or call 0844 836 9675
FLOW has been shortlisted in the 2012 National Lottery Awards, the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and is the first time an art project from Northamptonshire and the East Midlands has made the semi-final stage!
If the project is successfully voted into the final three, it will be featured on the National Lottery Awards 2012 television show which will be broadcast live on BBC One later this year.
To vote please call 0844 836 9675, and you can also vote here: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/flow
Voting for the semi-finals starts today Tuesday 26 June and ends at midday on Sunday 22 July.
Images from selected art installations by artists Jo Fairfax (180° of Light, HERO, Northampton LIGHTHOUSE), Steve Messam (Seven Spires, 84 Spires), Charles Monkhouse (Sywell Echo; With The Flow) and Darren Banks (Backwater) can be seen below in recent posts and in the archive section (see right hand column).
Please vote for FLOW in the National Lottery Awards 2012, it’s an opportunity to showcase Northamptonshire and the East Midlands on national TV and show the rest of the country was this wonderful county and region has to offer!
All the best,
The FLOW project is taking some time out over the spring / summer months but hopes to return with some new commissions later in the autumn. Many thanks to artists Steve Messam, Charles Monkhouse and in particular Jo Fairfax for taking part and making the project such a great success - it has been an absolute pleasure working with you guys, I’ve loved every minute of it.
Big thank you also to Fishmarket/NAC, in particular Christine Midgeley, Catherine Hemelryck and Sally-Ann Blaise for all their help and support, Dal Badial / Laser Hire London, and thank you of course to the volunteers (Ryan & Derrick, top class).
Finally, my personal thanks must go to the growing army of FLOW photographers that have taken some amazing photos of the projects for the FLOW website. Special thanks must therefore go to Maks Swiderek, Stu Phipps, William Moore-Thompson, Keith Park, Andrew Randall, Ian Brock, SteveRSVR and Andrew Hilton.