Over the past couple of weeks, we have been preparing for the production of “The House They Grew Up In”. The set for this show is made up of a hoarder’s house which means lots of work for the props team.
The thing about prop making that some people don’t seem to realise is that not only do the objects have to look good on stage, but they must serve a function first. For instance, I have been making books to go onto the set this week. The reason we didn’t just buy a bunch of books is because all of the objects in the hoarder’s house need to be as light as possible for when the set is moved by hand. Meaning we must take out as much weight as possible from all the props. Check out the Video below to see how these books have been made (and my Youtube channel)
Another question often asked by those reading my blog and watching my videos is ‘how I can stand to do the same thing over and over again?’ I don’t know why but I just love a process that can be repeated. It has always shown up within my work, from college when I embroidered large portraits by hand, to university, when I have done everything from string installations in my first year, to reapplying threads to cloths in my second and third year, to unravelling fabrics by hand in my current MA year. I simply don’t know what to tell you… I have patience for long tasks, maybe because they’re the most satisfying when they are complete.