We are all fools for love
We are all fools for love (lettering detail)
So it is about that time of year when we grab our gear, jump in the id-iomobile and head to Bristol to take part in UPfest. Despite not having a design until Wednesday we managed to pull our collective finger out and get everything ready in time for an early morning departure on Saturday. After registering we found our spot in grounds of the Tobacco Factory and set to work.
As ever we like to take our time and building up the background took up most of the afternoon. Then, finally, it was time to get the big stencil up to be coloured in and to affix the lettering to the wall. Which is when we had a small crisis due to my complete incompetence at carpentry but after crying for help we eventually managed to get hold of a electric drill/screwdriver and get the lettering fixed to the wall.
This year’s design was based on a picture of a friend (original picture below). She doesn’t know it yet and I hope she likes it as we’ve gone for a looser, sketch style stencil.
Upfest 2012 original image
I’ve emphasised previously just how honed our womble-like instincts are these days and how we pretty much can’t say no to anything that we can possibly paint on or that could potentially be useful at some future point. To further elaborate this point we recently acquired a couple of doors that had definitely seen better days (and that are surprisingly heavy!)
After a little deliberation to decide what to get on them it was decided that the first one should be out of our door as soon as possible as it was really blocking the place up. Quite how it was decided to put a dancing bear on there i’m not entirely sure but these things are what they are. We seem to have had some had some influence from Banksy in the definition of the bear’s feet (i.e. they aren’t there) but thankfully i don’t feel that detracts from the overall message.
After carrying it a fairly short distance it was released into the wild and will probably be where it was deposited for a fair while as it definitely takes two to move these things. A prize to anyone who knows where this one is. Keep your eyes out for the next one sometime soon…
Title: I’ll dance for snacks alright
Media: Spraypaint, acrylic, ink and paint pen
Size: Found door – about 7-8 ft tall
We have just been accepted for this year’s UPfest so we thought what better way to celebrate that than by having a little stroll down memory lane and checking out last year’s piece. UPfest takes place in Bristol every June and we rocked up last year to the threat of rain and a spot down by the windtunnel that is known as the River Avon. Despite most people seeming to take spots in the last minute venue that had been sorted out (an abandoned garage) we had no choice but to soldier on in our designated spot due to the outlandish size of our stencils.
It didn’t rain all day but we did have to contend with a strong wind blowing down the river which would have more seriously hampered our efforts had we not had a little assistance with ensuring our stencils didn’t blow away. We had a great day and managed to make a few new friends. Hopefully there will be more of the same this year. For more (and larger) photo’s check here
LARGE SCALE STENCIL CUTTING – “WE’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER FRONT ROOM”
SITE BY THE RIVER. THAT’S US ON THE FAR RIGHT…
NICE PINK BACKGROUND DONE. ON WITH THE STENCILLING.
BUNNY GIRL – CHECK! BIG HEART – CHECK!
THANK GOD THE LETTERING TURNED OUT TO BE (PRETTY MUCH) STRAIGHT
TA DA! FINITO.