STV Interview

STV

Last night we were really thrilled to be featured on STV’s late Bulletin alongside Glasgow Open House co-director Phoebe Barnicoat. STV journalist Allison McCallum joined us on a shoot with allotment users in Dennistoun in the glorious sunshine last weekend. She interviewed Paula as well as some of the residents to hear their thoughts about community, washing and Dennistoun. She created a really beautiful piece which includes several images from the project. I was invited to the studio to talk to Lucy Whyte about the logistical and creative aspects of the project. With only one week to go before the exhibition, I feel I could talk for an hour, but the final images will do all the talking for me.

You can watch the full Bulletin here, though apologies to visitors from the future as the link may have a limited life span.

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Inspiration Behind ‘Washing Lines’

_AI_7114 copyPretty much this, my local launderette, the source of inspiration that sparked the entire project. I must have walked past it a hundred times, but I’d never been in. Partly because I’m too lazy to do my washing anywhere other than in the comfort of my own home, even though I crave the fluffiness that only a tumble dryer can provide.

For some reason it caught my eye one day a few months ago and got me thinking about how communities function. Everything is becoming much more insular, something that I don’t feel too comfortable with, I decided not to have a smart phone as an act of rebellion! I love meeting people and having conversations. It got me thinking that Dennistoun must be full of rich stories that I have never heard, but that inevitably make up the fabric of where I live.

These ideas are always formed in the shower. So, one morning during a very long, prune finger inducing one I came up with the project, to use washing lines as a way to engage with the community and hear as many stories as I could. But, I needed a photographer, and Eoin loved the idea. Through his artistic vision and passion for colour, I knew he could bring the project to life in a way that I couldn’t even yet imagine.

After hearing about the Glasgow Open House Art Festival at a GSA Pecha Kucha event, there was a purpose for the project, to exhibit as part of their programme and bring the festival to Dennistoun for the first time. It has now been accepted into a group exhibition in Wasps through Representing Dennistoun and Impact Arts. 

So here we are! 2 weeks to go and many more people to meet. A few very exciting shoots this week, anecdotes of which we’ll be sharing with you.

You can also keep up to date with us on Twitter @PaulaCreateStir // @eoin_carey and use the hashtag #washinglinesdennistoun to share your anecdotes with us. Funny photos of your washing would go down a treat!

The launch will take place on May 2nd// Whitehill Laundrette// All welcome.

Paula

Storytelling night at Coia’s Cafe

Photographer Eoin Carey

Stories and storytelling are at the heart of our project. Across this body of work there is a story more universal about community and our society as a whole. We are interested in how basic habits cease, maintain or morph as an area changes. Rather than looking always at the bigger picture of Dennistoun’s changing landscape, we have found great significance in smaller, domestic rituals like washing and conversation. These can only be found in individuals though, and so we are spending a lot of time in Dennistoun meeting and talking with people.

Last week we attended a terrific Storytelling (&pizza) night at the locally legendary Coia’s Cafe. The night was organised as part of Representing Dennistoun and led by seasoned storyteller Wendy Wolfson. The night was a chance to hear stories told, but more importantly, to contribute your own. As Wendy was the only accomplished and official storyteller, the content of the night was up to the audience so, confident or not, everyone stood up and shared their stories of Dennistoun. It was inspiring to see people speak, some for the first time, but what made a real impact was to hear how many people had strong and significant stories about one area.

We stood up to share our own stories and some info on Washing Lines and received a great response. There was a lot of curiosity about how our outdoor washing lines are being used and a lot of discussion about our own routines and habits. In the next week we are hoping to meet even more people from all walks of life. The conversation continues…