Archive | May, 2014

Tinsel and Twinkle’s Revolution Launderette at the Art Car Boot Fair 2014

21 May


We are really excited that on June 8th 2014 we are returning to the Art Car Boot Fair this year, and this time we are back with something new for the ACB revellers!

We’ll be staging the ‘Tinsel and Twinkle’s Revolution Launderette’ and here is our press release for the event:

Artists Twinkle Troughton and Tinsel Edwards have joined forces again, this time to create the ‘Revolution Launderette’ for the Art Car Boot Fair 2014.

Previously having dressed as traffic wardens and given away free art, turned trash to treasure, kidnapped a banker and formed their own bank and currency, this will be the 4th interactive public art stunt for the collaborative duo.

This time they are asking ‘What kind of Revolution do you want?’

Twinkle and Tinsel see Revolution as a kaleidoscopic concept; traditional thoughts will inevitably lead to overthrowing governments and challenging oppressors. But what can Revolution mean to us as individuals? How about renewal, change, compassion, love and hope, or our personal responsibilities to ourselves and to each other?

In September 2013 Madonna launched her short film ‘Secret Project Revolution’, confronting attacks on Artistic freedom and fighting for human rights. In October 2013 Russell Brand’s controversial contribution to the New Statesman tackled the subject of Revolution. There has been ongoing bloodshed since the Arab Spring began in late 2010. After the Occupy movement started in 2011, it quickly became global. ‘Revolution’, in many senses of the word, is tangible.

In their trademark style, Tinsel and Twinkle have given their Revolution themed interactive art piece a humorous twist. Dressed as launderette ladies complete with pinnies, rollers and head scarfs, they will invite you into their Revolution Launderette.

Decked out with old washing machines, washing lines and soap powder boxes, this will be a launderette with a difference. Expect banners and placards emblazoned with the duo’s own words and Ghandi’s Seven Deadly Sins, thought provoking yet simple philosophies indeed fit for a revolution!

In this playful interpretation of the role of the launderette, Tinsel and Twinkle will invite the audience to participate. Limited Edition prints will hang from washing lines, and visitors will be asked to collaborate by stamping words onto the prints which sum up what kind of revolution they want to happen, either personally or around the world! 20% of all sales will be going to the Art Car Boot’s chosen charity Just For Kids Law.

We will be selling our individually created works as well as the collaborative print:

Tinsel will be selling a series of original oil paintings on canvas, at a reduced rate for the day of the Art Car Boot Fair only.  Each one is unique and signed by the artist.  The oil paintings are small preparatory studies for her Housing Series: A Campaign for Affordable Homes in London.

Tinsel’s interior paintings highlight the issues surrounding the current housing crisis in London. Inspired by real adverts in estate agents windows, these paintings document the rising cost of rent in the capital.  They depict gloomy, dreary interiors juxtaposed with the sales text taken from the adverts, which describes beautiful properties at bargain prices.

‘Lovely period style new build, two bedrooms,  £380pw’

‘Lovely period style new build, two bedrooms, £380pw’

‘Double Glazing, Double Bedroom one bed flat! £400pw’

‘Double Glazing, Double Bedroom one bed flat! £400pw’

Twinkle will be selling a limited edition A4 giclee print based on one of her new paintings titled ‘Every Revolution Was First a Thought in One Man’s Mind’ after a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803. The print will be hand finished with gold paint detail and will be a signed edition of 20.

Twinkle’s frog paintings stem from the Aesop’s fable ‘The Frogs Who Desired a King’ which you can read more about here. Through Twinkle’s interpretations of the fable the frogs are revolutionaries. As she says on her blog “the frogs are demanding a change, and quite rightly they are dissatisfied when they are patronised and undermined with the offering of King Log. So again they ask for what they really want, a strong leader, and their fate is to lose their lives at the hand (or beak!) of King Stork.”

Every Revolution Was First a Thought in One Man's Mind

Every Revolution Was First a Thought in One Man’s Mind