Duration Based Conceptual Performance Artist
Bunnies are like cats, they like to get into everything
From Rita Robin to making fairy furniture! As part of the OSO story and treasure hunt, this involves also making some furniture for the fairies to move into their new home. The question I was asked "How do you make fairy furniture?" I did come up with some ideas. For the OSO I have tried to keep it simple.
Here is a visual guide to making a fairy bed and chair.
1) Select your material. "I chose to recycle an old Christmas tree"
2) Strip the excess green off to reveal the wood and clip each end.
(if you are a family making this, do make sure you have an adult to assist with the secateurs)
3) You may need a pair of scissors, some string or thread. (If you are family make sure young children have adult support with using scissors)
4) To make the bed, you need to cut four long pieces of wood and two short pieces of wood as demonstrated in the photograph above.
5) Make the letter H with you six pieces of wood. Remember two long pieces on either side and the short piece goes across as demonstrated. You will need some string or thread.
6) Take your string or thread and tie the pieces of wood together, do not worry at this stage if it feels wobbly, we will sort that out later.
7) At this stage of your bed, get two longer pieces of wood, they can be as long or as short, depending how tall or how small the fairy people are? Tie the longer pieces on to your H at one end and on to the H at the other end.
8) Now that you have the frame of your bed, it is time to add smaller pieces of wood. I have used a glue gun, (if you are a family with small children, please be aware that the glue gun can be quite hot and can burn delicate fingers, so adults only!) You can also go back over the parts of the bed you have tied to add extra strength.
9) Keep gluing all the small pieces of wood until you are happy with the base. I also made a fancy head board, just have fun and add any other features you feel that you want to add.
10) Now its ready. "O' dear here comes that pesky bunny wanting to try out the bed."
11) You may have some off cuts left, why don't you try making a chair! It is exactly the same process as making the bed, as you can see, start with the letter H and then cut the wood to size. Use your glue gun to glue the pieces together, and cut the sizes that you want.
12) Start piecing all the bits of wood together in whatever design you want to make, cut the wood to size. Remember when using the glue gun it can be very HOT!
There is that bunny again! Now you have created both a bed and a chair...What else can you make?
Spike Mclarrity is a duration based conceptual performance artist.