LOUDER THAN BOMBS ROUND UP.

We had a lovely day yesterday catching up with our curators, and other artists from the Louder Than Bombs show at Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston in March. Our meeting was at the Live Art Development Agency, who part curated the show, and the aim was to reflect on and discuss what happened. The legacy of our residency has been really good for us.

It's been beneficial performing our work in a Live Art context and relating our labor to the Joseph Beuys quote around which the show was based. The situation we created has given us a clearer vision as to how Prick Your Finger could grow in the years to come. Our research has given us more to write about, more images to brand ourselves with, and more reasons to get out into the world and make a difference. As Fugazi so rightfully sang, 'Cos what a difference a little difference would make.'

There's a lovely little film of us all and check out my Mother's hands on the spinning wheel, she's getting really good!

Each of the seven residencies were so different from each other, I do recommend taking a few minutes to surf through the images by clicking on the link below.

http://www.stanleypickergallery.org/archive/2010/louder_than_bombs/louder_than_bombs_week_six.html

LOUDER THAN BOMBS. CONTRACTS.

Contracts are important in any working environment. They don't have to be scary, they can be friendly, like a party invitation or a check. Every worker in our factory has to sign one.

We wrote it by translating the suggested contact in the TSB Business Start Up Guide into our own language. It reads as follows.....

1. I hearby agree that work in this mill is of exchangeable value to be negotiated.

2. Prick Your Finger encourages a refreshment interval every 30 minutes and expects workers to practice expressive movements during this period.

3. Prick Your Finger mill expects workers to take psychogeography trips when needed.

4. Job title (to be chosen by worker)................

5.In case of accident please contact............6. Pensions. Craft is for life and this is where you start paying.

7. Prick Your Finger requires 30 seconds notice to be given by you the worker on leaving the mill.

8. Prick Your Finger Mill Worker's Union will be formed when the time is right.

By signing this contract I agree to all of the above statements.

Date....

The Small Business Guide, was lent to us by our big business sisters at Tatty Devine, and has proved most beneficial over the last couple of years.

Louise made these pay slips which each worker gets on clock out. the chap in the middle is William Morris although it looks a bit like Stephen.

LOUDER THAN BOMBS DAY 5. ACCIDENTS.

Every factory has to have an accident book, and below is Louise keeping a tally of pain endured. We don't usually expect the boss to shed blood, but David Falkner, director of Stanley Picker Gallery, pricked his finger so badly, that we had to ring NHS direct, and when Louise applied a bandage, it glowed, like a shining light to be directed by.

And these girls trimmed so many pompoms, they got blisters on their fingers.

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LOUDER THAN BOMBS DAY 4. THE TEA TROLLY.

Tea Trolly has given her all this week.

Louise bought her from a junk shop, and I made Situationalist cloths. The print is taken from the a Situationalist diagram, which links ideas of experimental behaviour, psychogeography, architecture, creating situations etc; which are all things we should be thinking about on our tea breaks.

Trolly comes down in the lift, and has her own pathway marked out in red tape around the gallery. She's slowing down a bit because fleece gets stuck in her wheels.

Louise made this film to show us a minute in the life of Tea Trolly.

LOUDER THAN BOMBS DAY 3. OVERTIME!

Working overtime, the beer came out and so did our friends from Soho. I explained the fluctuating voltage problem to David.

We burnt a lot of calories dancing, so Louise had a lot of data to collect from the pedometers.

Nervous Stephen pulled out all the tunes we needed and Hilary led the dancing line, round and round the tea trolly circuit.

There was devistation...

A good time was had by all,

and it wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Jackie, who makes everything run smooth and safe at Stanley Picker Gallery.

LOUDER THAN BOMBS DAY 2. ZARAH'S WHEEL.

Zarah 's perseverance always brings reward. She has nearly mastered her new wheel. It's a 150 year old, Danish flax wheel, which spins very fast and fine.

Zarah is half Danish and last summer when she visited her family, she found the wheel and her dad Terry cleaned it up. It's a proper piece of folk craft. Wealthy Danes wanted everything made out of Mahogany, but poorer Danes had to work with soft woods, painted for protection. Painted woodwork is very fashionable now.

This is the most exquisite wheel I've ever used, and it suits Zarah so well. We have loved watching her progress.

FACTORY OF THE FORAGED FLEECE AT 'LOUDER THAN BOMBS', DAY 1.

It took us a while to unload the car and van, but David F and Jackie at the Stanley Picker Gallery had tea and coffee on the go for us as soon as we arrived. Alex was helping us set up and launched straight into the drop spindling,

along with Ali, Yoko and Diana, who made great progress and produced a lot of yarn.

David M and Terry, started fixing the bike to the training stand. We are to generate power for our factory with the bike and were hoping the bike would be blue, so it looks like Kraftwork's 'Tour de France' on the red platform, and it was! Terry has cycled all over the world on that bike and won many competitions.

The bike stand was a bit wobbly so David drilled holes in a piece of wood to steady it.

We couldn't get a bit of plastic off the pin attached to the motor, and Terry hurt his finger trying.

Chris in the workshop managed to do it and put our roller on. Hopefully he will come to the disco on Thursday.

Felix cracked on with recording our sounds, interviewing us for her blog "The Domestic Soundscape' and carding.

Meanwhile, Zarah finished stitching together our aprons, which have a print of the first carding machine on the front.

Jane came all the way from Bethnal Green and did some spinning. You can see the pom poms Zara arranged on the bars handlebars.

Then Jane knitted her spinning on the knitting machine.

David M asked Chris to cross hatch the roller on the motor for better friction but it started shredding up Terry's tyres so Terry changed the tyres to yellow ones which looked really cool.

When It came to 6 o'clock, Louise rang the bell, and we didn't want to go home, but we had to, and we will be back again tomorrow.

BUILDING A BIKE POWERED GENERATOR FOR OUR MILL.

We are so excited about our new knowledge! This weekend we went on a course to learn how to build a bicycle powered generator, with Magnificent Revolution. Our generator is going to power our wool mill during our residency at Louder Than Bombs.

Magnificent Revolution are brilliant. They are passionate people, explain things clearly and make wonderful bike powered cinemas and parties.

This is what we did;

We screwed a motor onto a metal plate, screwed onto a training stand.

Making an exception, we wired the +ve to the -ve because the roller on the side of the motor, which is in friction with the bike wheel was a screw in roller, which if it was rolling the wrong way, would have popped off, so we turned the motor around the other way and wired it backwards! Cool!

Motors can be generators. If power goes in, they turn, and if they are made to turn, they make power. This motor makes DC power.

The capacitor holds the voltage we create by pedaling the bike. The numbers show the volts we were making. The inverter converts the DC voltage into AC, so we can plug in a household appliance. The inverter takes between 10v and 14v, so we had to regulate the power as we were cycling by keeping an eye on the numbers, otherwise the inverter cut out. It didn't like powering bass woofers, the power kept surging and it was hard to pedal smoothly.

Then we learned how to power a battery. We put a fuse between the battery and the inverter, to stop appliances blowing up. We powered a light off the battery, while we connected...

the diode, which is like a one way valve, and stops the electricity going back to the motor.

Then we wired up a DC to DC converter, which regulates the flow, so that we could pedal at any speed we wanted without sending surges to the invertor. This circuit board sends out a constant voltage which you can change by turning a little screw.

We are now designing our mill and will enjoy all the souldering and crimping and stripping of wires. We look forward to showing you when it is up and running.

Don't listen to what I've just written, I might have got it wrong, but it was helpful to write and remember what I'd done! I'd recommend this course to anyone. It's reassuring to know that if there is ever a time when we have no power, we can make it ourselves, with a few bits and pieces, make power and continue to be partying craftsmen.

LOUDER THAN BOMBS.

Here is the poster for our new residency in the show 'Louder than Bombs' at the Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University. Inspired by The Smiths, the show will run for 7 weeks, with 7 residences and 7 ways to activate change.

Other artists include,

Ansuman Biswas

,

Aine Philips

,

Steven Levon Ounanian

and

Thomas Thwaites

,

Sean Burn

,

Stacy Makishi

and Yoshiko Shimada, and

The Vacuum Cleaner

.

Our week starts on 15th March (Please come visit) where we will present;

'Murder at the Wool Hall'

We are concerned that textile production which historically formed an economic back bone of Britian, has been lost to unethical manufacturing structures of disposable fashion. By constructing the world's first bicycle powered wool mill, we will turn the unwanted sheep fleeces within the M25, into a range of seductive yarns, good enough for the Queen.

Analyzing our factory's data, with live link -ups to the Stock Exchange, illustrated information from 'Love fashion, Hate Sweatshops' and 'The Environmental Justice Foundation', our factory asks the world to listen to sensible ways of profiting from nature without exploitation.

'This is the start of something we can not finish. The reward for our toil will not only be the product we make, but what we become by it. When love and skills come together, expect masterpieces. Creativity is a drug we can not live without.'

Watch this space for updates, and please come and visit us. The work will be fun and there will be regular tea breaks with bingo and dancing. The poster holds an image of Joseph Beuys in 1985, (not Michael Jackson as was originally thought.) Quote Beuys;

'Art that cannot shape society and therefore also cannot penetrate the heart questions of society, (and) in the end influence the question of capital, is no art.'

Here is Louise, age 15, in her boyfriend's bedroom listening to The Smiths "Things Take Time."

The words to the last verse which they learned off by heart together were,

'On the alcoholic afternoons,

when we sat in your room,

they meant more to me than any,

than any living thing on earth,

they had more worth,

than any living thing on earth..... '

LOUDER THAN BOMBS- ART, ACTION AND ACTIVISM.

We are pleased to announce we have been invited to take part in a show;

"Louder than Bombs- Art, Action and Activism" at the Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston in the spring.

Our plan is to challenge the fashion and textiles industry with a bike powered wool mill / disco / boutique / protest platform, with which you are invited to participate.

There are seven artists taking part and each project seems to echo a song from The Smiths, 'Louder than Bombs'. Our song for the work in progress is 'Money Changes Everything.'

More info to follow. See you there!