Brambles and borders

I’ve spent part of the day talking to activity managers from care homes which I hope will participate in a later stage of the #ashford100buildings project.

It’s sometimes difficult to reach them because they usually work part-time and, when they’re in the care homes, they tend to be busy leading their activities. And today has been sunny so I imagine that they’ve been talking to residents in the homes’ gardens, drinking tea perhaps or indulging with an ice cream.

I’m hoping that, once I’ve selected 100 buildings, I will be able to take a short film of the buildings into the care homes – to illicit memories and to encourage participation in a collective artwork.

That is why this project has been funded by the Kent Community Foundation – to help alleviate the isolation of those living in care homes during the pandemic. While I have some personal goals associated with #ashford100buildings, as far as the funders are concerned, this is what counts.

So far I’ve got two homes definitely signed up and another three looking at my proposal (which includes such activities as sticking and drawing as well as writing and reminiscing).

I spoke to Jan from Brambles which is in my home community and where I have worked before. She manages to sound as if nothing is too much trouble – which is quite an achievement in these Covid times.

‘Just send over the proposal and we’ll take a look,’ she says.

Too hot to do it today. I headed off to Godinton with Alice to take some photos. What incredible herbaceous borders.

Project launch

It feels slightly strange to be launching a project by just sitting at my desk in my office, pressing numerous ‘share’ buttons on social media… but at 11.20 am that’s what happened.

I did actually post the animation on the Funder Films facebook page last night. It was seen by about 40 people, liked a couple of times, shared twice…

It’s difficult to predict what will happen. Maybe only about 10 people will join the Facebook group.. or maybe 10,000? I hope it’s somewhere in between. 10,000 is definitely too many.

Nothing has happened yet anyhow. Perhaps everyone is thinking of their favourite buildings…

Ashford in 100 Buildings Promo from Funder Films CIC on Vimeo.

Very animated

I spent the morning making an animation for the launch of the #ashford100buildings project which is tomorrow.

The film features the logo which I featured yesterday and then several local buildings that I photographed earlier this month. There’s the Curious Brewery, the Outlet, the Archbishop’s Palace at Charing, the primary school in Woodchurch, the Clock Tower in Ashford… In total I think there are about 12 buildings in the animation and I’ll be putting them in the timeline later today to start us off… only 88 or so to go…

In the end I did two versions. The second was a great improvement on the first and I daresay that a third version would be even better.. but I’ve got fed up with shifting little blocks around. It does the job.

Project logo is a gogo…

Many thanks to Rob Barker for the fantastic logo that he has designed for the #ashford100buildings project.

We had quite a discussion about which buildings to include – wanting ideally to reflect ancient and modern, rural and urban. The buildings selected are St Mary’s Church, Elwick Place and the Curious Brewery building in Ashford and Willesborough Windmill.

While most of the buildings are in Ashford town centre, the project is also aiming to include the villages in the surrounding area. We thought for a while about titling it ‘Ashford and Villages’ but went for the slightly more formal Borough of Ashford.

Perhaps you might have other ideas as to what could have been included or missed out.. do let us know if you do.

This has clearly taken a huge amount of work. Rob has supplied me with black and white versions and a coloured black and white version (what is this I wonder?) I am extremely grateful. He can be reached through his partner’s company – Sally Barton Illustration.