Derbyshire's Contemporary Arts Festival
in Village Halls · 27th April 2014
Air hostess in red, artist Sophie Cullinan
who offered me a virtual ticket to ride
I was a bit cheeky and asked if I could have an actual Personal Appreciation Pack which arrived before the tour. In return and for fun I said I'd tweet my own virtual tour with vintage Air Hostess fashion dolls. I would have loved to have gone on the actual tour and the links at the end of this post will take you to where all the real action happened. I think Sally Lemsford's idea to take art to out of the way spaces is wonderful!
Eagle flask ready to come fly with me - virtually
in their flaming finery, take in some culture
whilst waiting for the virtual tour bus.
Medium sized Sindy Air Hostess
if they will need an umber ella ella
Virtual Tour Exhibit 1 -
Flaming vintage glass firing up the view
Italian - 1960's - a little bit chipped here and there.
Miniature Air Hostess Sindy and
take their ease and consider a cup of tea.
Virtual Tour Exhibit 2 - Tulips
Virtual Tour Exhibit 3 -
hide artists' studio
Palitoy Mary Make-Up, Tressy Air Hostess
& Tressy stop for lunch
This hostess was a present from my paternal Grandmother
and flew to Western Australia and back during the
Miles family grand adventure as £10 Poms.
Virtual Tour Exhibit 4 - flaming tipped acer leaves
and a bucket of mosaic tiles - evidence of mosaic
making somewhere in the garden
holding a torch for the Flaming Skirt Virtual Tour
Virtual Tour Exhibit 4 - Flaming Shedstallation
We're all fired up
Virtual Tour Exhibit 6 - evidence artist has been at work
Virtual Tour Exhibit 7 - flaming tulip
Virtual Tour Exhibit 8 - it's hot on the streets
Surely not another Diahann Carrol Nurse Julia
health and safety well covered on this virtual tour!
Virtual Tour Exhibit 9 - Flame coloured tulips
consider making a break for it
and now our tour is virtually done, all Tweets delivered,
all Instgrams complete, all dolls back in their boxes.
Time to examine the very wonderful Flaming Skirt
Personal Appreciation Pack
as one final flaming petal falls.
(part of the Do One Thing Initiative)
The Flaming Skirt Festival
The actual Flaming Skirt Festival tour route
The Flaming Skirt Festival on Tumblr
The Flaming Skirt Festival on Facebook
The fabulous Flaming Skirt Artists
The Flaming Skirt tour Hostess with the mostess - artist Sophie Cullinan on Success
A FINAL NOTE
Why do I collect vintage fashion dolls - terrible role models you say, but the only two I had as a child saw me to Australia and back, reminded me of home and spent most of the time with their very few outfits packed in a case! Later on when my life went momentarily pear-shaped the collection took my mind of things that broke my heart. When I was too large for fashion I got to dress up by proxy. Later still I organised an exhibition for Sindy's 40th Birthday from my collection at the Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall. In the lean years selling off part of my collection has helped keep me afloat. It's a bit of a guilty pleasure but if Grayson Perry can be Claire and elevate his teddy Alan Measles then a bit of dolly daydreaming can't be all that bad. I've had hours of fun, expressed my inner anorak and demonstrated the importance of play ie :- creative thinking, throughout life.