Saturday, 17 October 2009

Idea 2: Daily Marmite Art

rule #2: make art whenever you get the chance
I have marmite on toast for breakfast nearly every day. The squeezy marmite bottle means that I can create a temporary piece of consumeable art ... I keep thinking that it would be cool to do a project where I take a photo of the marmite art I make every day. The only problem is a) the light in our kitchen is terrible for taking photos b) our kitchen is always embarrassingly untidy c) I only think of taking a photo once I've already squeezed the marmite onto the toast - by the time I've run off to get my camera the marmite design has gone all blurred around the edges and wishy washy. I still think this could be a cool project so watch this space :-)

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Idea 1: The Creeping Shadow Clock

Not long after we moved into our current house I noticed that on sunny afternoons the streetlight across the road casts a shadow on the house opposite:
Midnight Library: Idea 1(a)
And as the afternoon goes on the shadow slowly inches across the house, which I captured in this note in my sketchbook in 2007.
Midnight Library: Idea 1(b)
This morning I was thinking about how great it would be if I could turn this idea into a clock which would show the time between about 1pm and 5pm by moving the silhouette of a streetlamp across the front of a house.

Grab a torch and visit my Midnight Library

The Midnight Library is a place for me to share all the crazy (and not so crazy) ideas that would probably never see the light of day otherwise. Please feel free to take any of these ideas and make them your own but in the spirit of the lending library please return the ideas at some point so I can see what you've done :-)

Opening hours:
Midnight - Daybreak; Open every night of the year.

Lending limits:
Adults and children alike can take as many ideas from the library as they can carry.

Other rules:
Visitors are encouraged to bring their midnight feasts to the library. The head librarian is particularly fond of banana bread and marshmallows.
There is a licensed bar on site at the library, please pick up a coaster from the front desk and report any spillages to the head librarian.
There is no electricity at the Midnight Library. We supply tealights, torches and firefly-filled jars to help you find your way in the dark.