Our first 'product fair' went well on Saturday 7th November. We had a stand at The Manchester Artists Book Fair. Business was brisk!
It was great to see so many happy customers going away with a bright yellow'bit o' bill'. 56 people in fact went away happy, if a little confused as to what they have gotten themselves into. As one 'discernible customer' said; "It just goes to show that you are just a mad as everyone else out there."
It will be interesting to see where the Big Billboard Bonanza, (nicknamed Bob), goes. Apparently at least one bit o' bill is going traveling, and quite a few people were going to collaborate.
Now some of you won't know what the Dickens we are on about here, so here's the lowdown.
A large billboard, [approximately 18ft x 6ft], was actively re-assigned on Saturday for redistribution. Each person was given a section of billboard 30" x 24". Some selected their piece carefully, others took the one at the top of the pile. Everyone can do anything, or nothing with their bit o' bill. Each person, [henceforth co-opted to the Billboard Urban Re-appropriation Project, (BURP), and to be referred to as a 'Billboard Director'; (or BillBodfor short)], has been given 3 months to tear, cut, burn, drill, paint, re-site, fold, delete, make into a book, box, or banner, or something more creative. Around 7th February each BillBod will be asked to report on their work with evidence of what Bob has become, where he is, and anything else relevant to the re-appropriation.
The team at The FRS are really keen to see what becomes of Bob.
He may go on to show in his new forms. He also may go on to publication, but all will depend on the BillBods and how their creative juices flow. We have every faith in them all!
We will be raising funds to make sure the best and biggest outcome is achieved at the end of the BURP.