Day 4 – Nottingham
When I first called out to bloggers for ideas and places to visit in Blog it for Babies week one of the first people to contact me was Penny from The Alexander Residence. She told me that Architects of Air wanted to gather a team to help construct one of the 12 windows in the next Luminarium, part of a structure that tours the world and I thought it sounded like a perfectly unique way of being part of a group of bloggers during the week.
And so on Thursday I headed North to Lakeside Art Centre on Nottingham University Campus… but why Nottingham?
Twenty two years ago EGGOPOLIS luminarium was built in Nottingham with help from volunteers and the Community Service workers from the Probation Service. To commemorate the 20th Luminarium since produced, Architects of Air are creating ‘EXXOPOLIS’ – a brand new structure that will have its world premiere at the Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham at the beginning of June 2012.
Fifteen bloggers turned up to donate their time to sticking lots of different shapes together to form the window. Now I know what you are thinking – sticking shapes together is easy! Well I can confirm that it’s not as easy as it sounds. The shapes have to be stuck together very precisely, one wrong seam and rain water could leak into the structure or form little puddles on the outside – so there was no margin for error.
I sat on a table with Gemma from Hello it’s Gemma who kept me on the straight and narrow, also Catherine, Becky from Baby Budgeting, Emma from Mummy Musings along with her very well behaved daughter and Jen from Love Chic Living. There was hard work and chatter from us!
On the other (slightly more productive) table was Penny from The Alexander Residence, Phil from Fragements from Firefly Phil, Charlotte from The Crumby Mummy, Louise from My Gorgeous Boys, Ruth from Minibreak Mummy and Lucy from Lish Concepts.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and many thanks to everyone who attended for all the noise that you made via social media and on your blogs about the Blog it for Babies campaign, we had a flurry of text donations that day.
Thank you to Andrea, Kim and Emily from Architects of Air for their guidance, patience and expert pvc sticking skills.
Thank you to Lakeside Arts Centre for putting on some tea and coffee and some lunch for us, to Hello it’s Gemma for bring Lemon Drizzle cake and from Charlotte from The Crumby Mummy for making chocolate cupcakes to sell!
Interesting listening: Audioboo from the day from Ruth, Minibreak Mummy.
In the evening I drove on to Manchester where Laura from Tired Mummy of Two kindly put me up for the night – and she made me steak for my supper – what more could a girl ask for after a long day!?