The ‘Home Tweet Home’ project was an interactive family art trail in Pudsey Park during October 2012, as part of ‘I Love West Leeds’ festival.
15 identical wooden bird boxes were painted, decorated, pulled apart and played with by artists from near and far. Luckily I was chosen as one of those artists!
I’m not sure when the idea to create a space rocket first hit me, but I really liked the idea of creating some kind of alien or space being for the interior…
I used paper to make a maquette of my space ship before creating it in a shiny charcoal wetsuit-like fabric, and then created a fabric astronaut bird to pilot it!
All materials save the astronaut’s helmet were up-cycled from scraps purchased from SCRAP in Leeds and the lovely metallic fabrics were salvaged from student change over in Hyde Park, Leeds. (This is a locally famous period of time over the few weeks in June/July when students move from one property to another, and unfortunately cannot be bothered to recycle or charity shop a lot of their unwanted items so simply dump them all in the street.)
How I made my Home Tweet Home bird box, in pictures…
I really enjoyed making my bird box, however I think if I was to do a similar project again I would use a lot more colour within the rocket. Other artists used colour to great affect.