The Sydney Festival happens every January. It is the biggest event on the cultural calendar making January pretty much the best time to be in Sydney. For the last few years, the Festival have run a 'Faces of' competition where they have invited the public to submit images of their noggins to grace the program brochure which is distributed on mass throughout Sydney.
This year they made a call out to makers and creatives to create something using the festival colours of.....
Now, I like a good challenge, in fact sometimes I need one to give myself a bit of a creative kick up the bum. I also love the festival, and they were offering the winners a golden pass that included lots of lovely show tickets plus untold fame and glory (wink wink, nudge nudge).
I am generally not one for a lot of brainstorming. I kind of either have an idea or I don't. I'm not quite sure at which point during a good stare at the recycling bin that I came up with the plastic bottle hat, but when I did it was pretty much a fully formed idea.
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I set about gathering lots of bottles in different sizes along with all kinds of lids, this took a while. I cut the bottles in half and then trimmed each end into an interesting floral shape. I kept a lot of the off cuts too and used them for unusual accents later on.
Next, I mixed up some paint colours and painted all my components. I used a mixture of regular acrylic paint and some spray paint. Spray paint was actually way better as the acrylic required a lot of coats to become opaque.
The fun bit was assembling all the bits onto blooms. This is really where the scrap pieces came into their own as they made really wonderful and wild shapes. I used hot glue to stick everything together.
Making them into a hat... was a bit tricky. I cut the brim and top off a $2 plastic top hat and stuck all the pieces to the circular bit of plastic. Why tricky you say? Well it was tricky because I had to do it while wearing the piece of plastic and looking into a mirror. I can not tell you how many times I almost hot glued the bits to my actual head. If you have never experienced it, hot glue on the head bloody hurts.
The make the bouquet... I attached some spare blooms to makeshift stems. To make the stems, I pierced some milk bottle lids and inserted a pencil in each one. I bound them together with tape, and then hot glued them to the flowers. To finish, I painted them festival yellow.
I am very lucky to count Photographer and all round excellent human being Sally Flegg as one of my dear friends. She also just happens to be one of the most talented and in demand photographers in Sydney.
I am notoriously awkward to photograph but she has that rare and special gift of bringing out the inner silly in people. She also does the most amazing things with natural light and somehow made me look like I can actually juggle.
So did I win??
You bet I did. And when I say I I really mean we, because a good hat is nothing without a good photographer. Thanks again Miss Flegg. xx