I was one of an incredible team of Artists who worked on Global Grooves’ recovery project ‘Project Phoenix’ after a devastating fire in March at Ray Mill destroyed their entire stock of puppets. Working with lead Artists Tony Mason, Iola Weir and Cabasa Carnival Arts I produced elements of the Indian Rollerbird puppet, Phoenix puppet and Galaxy Wings along with the accompanying costumes. I also reconstructed Bessie the Dragon with artist Mike Green, making her height adjustable and reworking some structural and decorative elements. I was reintroduced to batik during this project, a process I had not touched since my Art Foundation at college, which I plan to work with again in the near future.
Project Phoenix toured major festivals and events in the U.K. this summer including Bluedot, Kendal Calling, Manchester Mela, Carfest and Cotton Clouds. It was supported by a very talented group of volunteers and performers who I thoroughly enjoyed working with.