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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



Capital Divided

3 Jun

Capital Divided

We are launching a new print to coincide with The Bank of Twinkle and Tinsel being staged at The Art Car Boor Fair on Brick Lane on June 9th, and our Affluence and Avarice exhibition at Galerie Michaela Stock in Vienna, opening on June 27th.

The print titled ‘Capital Divided’ is a maths sum which sums up the ethos of The Bank of Twinkle and Tinsel, which is that capital used with a conscience can create affluence for everybody. We arent prescribing a particular economic system, we arent communists and we arent against capitalism.

There is a well known quote by Gandhi which we have used frequently over recent months as it puts in to words how we feel:

“Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.”
MOHANDAS GANDHI, Harijan, Jul. 28, 1940

We understand that there are people out there who simply understand money, they get how to generate money and how it works. But what we dont agree with and what we are trying to challenge is greed. We are suggesting that if we all took responsibility for how we all used our own capital, and tried to use some of what we have for the greater good then there would be more for all, mainly those that really need it.

In keeping with the idea behind this print we are going to give 20% of any sales of this edition to charity. At the Art Car Boot Fair we’ll be donating to their chosen charity Just For Kids Law.

The print is an A4 giclee on German etching paper and is an edition of 40. We’ll be selling it at a very low prince indeed, to make it a hopefully affordable piece of art for people. We’ll be selling the prints for £20 so £4 from every print will go towards a chosen charity. If you are interested in one of these prints please do let us know!

We would also like to say a huge massive THANK YOU to Mark from Atom Printing for helping us to make this print possible.


The new Bank Sign and a photoshoot

30 May

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The Bank of Tinsel & Twinkle at Ridley Road market

We’ve been busy working away creating the sign for The Bank of Tinsel and Twinkle, ready to take to the Art Car Boot Fair on June 9th!

Last week we dressed in our banker uniforms and took our new bank sign to Ridley Road Market for a photoshoot with the photographer and talented film maker Phil Whitby.(http://www.ersum.co.uk/)

The Bank Sign in Progress:
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The market at Ridley Road in Dalston worked out as the ideal location for the shoot, positioning our Bank in amongst all of the independent traders.

Originally we considered doing the photoshoot using Canary Wharf as the backdrop but we decided on Ridley Road market because it seemed more fitting to the ethos of our bank.  Being positioned in the midst of a bustling market is about bringing trading back to its roots, a very human form of trade that is booming due to how expensive shops are.

The ethos of the bank is about sharing and exchange, we trade in thought rather than money.  We aren’t protesting about money itself but more so commenting on greed, and suggesting that capital is more useful when it is shared.

So we took our independent bank and set up amongst the other traders at Ridley Road.

Some of the images:

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We will be running our Bank of Tinsel & Twinkle at The Art Car Boot Fair on June 9th, do come and say hello!