For my final exhibition, I created a book to tell a story of the journey of my dolls. The cost of doing so, through Vista Print, was £26.98.
Not all of my dolls were moved, but I did receive interaction from two of the dolls, both on two occasions.
For the first movement, the doll was taken to a bus stop. This was the doll which I had left in Accrington.
Later that day the same doll was taken to Great Harwood.
The doll which I left in Barrowford was also moved.
First it was taken to the cemetery, then it was moved again, the next day.
Receiving interactions from people is a great feeling, as I know that I have created a random and unexpected moment of happiness for them. It adds a bit of excitement to what may have been a commute, a family walk, a walk to the shop or whatever.
With the 6 dolls I have left to display at exhibition, I hope to extend the project and allow for visitors at the exhibition to take the dolls further afield in order to expand the project and viewers. Hopefully, one of my dolls will reach another country.
I’ve decided to make a book for the exhibition, as a way of containing and displaying my work in one place. As my work is an on going project, which is life and requires the participation of the public, I feel that a book is a perfect way to display it, as it is quite a narrative project.
I chose to go with the VistaPrint website – as a friend of mine reccomended their service to me, and showed me a book which he had made by them, which I felt suited the style of how I wished for mine to turn out.
I began to create the pages, taking inspiration from Mathew Sawyers displays of his documentation work:
Within the book I will explain the aims of my project briefly, and will document the movement of the dolls. I will include little dialogue as I wish for the project to be open for interpretation and opinion of the public.
I sketched out the layout plans for my book as I went along, in order to make sure that I included the most interesting combination of images. I also used the ‘auto adjust’ brightness/contrast setting on Photoshop for each image, to ensure that the doll stood out from the background which it was placed.
Ordanance Survey: £7.00
3 x A0 prints, (£11.00 each): £33.00
Pins to point out destinations of dolls: £1.00
Matthew Sawyer’s art intrigues me, and adopts a similar nature to which I wish to carry out. Many of his projects are ‘documentary’ works, meaning that they are carried out over a period of time. Many of his document works effect the public, as they interfere and interact with them, with the public having no control over it. Some of Sawyers documentaries are unknown to the people around him, and are for the satisfaction of his own needs.
I decided to e-mail Sawyer, as I feel that the motives of his work are similar to some of mine. I wish to find out what he was doing when he was my age, as when I research an influential artist, I am always intrigued as to where they began.
Each of Sawyers projects are works which will in some way interfere with someones life, and make a mark on their memory – due to the surreal nature of it. I also wish to create a similar experience, though with my project I am interested in the reactions and after math of my project and installation, where as Sawyer records his project, and shows no interest in what affect it makes.
Sawyer replied to my e-mail:
Receiving the e-mail was very motivational, and made me want to push the boundaries of my work.
As I failed to gage a response from the finders of the first two dolls I decided to create an e-mail address, as Jo suggested, in order to be able to make the chance of a response greater – as more people have access to an e-mail account, than they do a Twitter or Instagram account.
The new e-mail address is:
I will include this in the note which I attach to each doll left outside from now on.
I plan on changing the note which I previously planning on leaving with the dolls. It will now read:
Send a picture of me in my new destination, along with a note of your name and age to:
or tag me on Twitter on Instagram @vividiurbanart