HERE IS The main to do list MAKING ‘SHOP’ there are  five other to list to come which are also very important they are MARKETING, WEBSITE, ‘SHOP’ ONLINE, DOCUMENTATION AND THE EVENT

I have put a name for who i think will ultimately be responsible for each section but everyone needs to work together and these can change… enjoy

Making ‘Shop’

1.Products- Patrick
-print 55 ultra upgrade
-cut last 300 products by Wednesay 21st
-glue together 1400aprox by Wednesday 28th

2. Shelves-Jack
design space and shelve units by Wednesday 21st
cig selves, chillier cabinet, island self unit, wall self unit, display stand
get lots of cardboard-ring Sita Monday
get more wood and nails and screws
build structures and clad them

3.signage- Ellie
outside ’shop’:
-Big ‘Shop’ sign with ‘its a shop’
-Smaller shop sign for wall behind till -done
- like A0 ‘Shop’ closing down sale sign- everything must go!
-’Shop’ opening hours sign
-open and close sign-done
-stupid health & safety warning
-3x sandwich boards WOS
-2x people sandwich boards
proper stuff:
-your being recorded notice
-your responsible own actions

Inside ’shop’:
Hanging sign
-Costumer services
-Pay here
-1item or less
-personality pic n mix
-fire exit sign?
other signs:
-by the cigarette stand- ‘it is illegal to sell cardboard representations of tobacco and alcohol products to person under 18 years of age’
-on the side or wall beside of costumer services desk- ‘At ‘Shop’ we believe the customer always is’
funny shop return policy sign

4.prepare space- paper clean and light bulbs-Fred
clear windows
put in new bulbs
-clad with brown paper
tidy and clean Patrick
-print 4 packets
-photograph in briefcase

-PRINT 1150

7. Project ‘Shop’ T-shirts- Ellie
-Print 8
8. ’shop’ t-shirts and cardboard ties-Fred
-Print 20
-MAKE 25 tie and collars

9. Cash machine and bank cards- Ashley
make components work- test with money size paper
make unit
clad with cardboard
Design cards by Tuesday 20th
these names to go on the screen so need them in same font and size (need martin to check these)
any one else want to invite?

10.Pic ‘n’ mix- Fred
-decide on up to 20 personality traits
-make stand and bag holder
-cut up cardboard

11.Product posters and leaflets- Radiation game, Cellu-lite, Diet Fat- Martin
-print A2?
-Any more? the financial service? ‘Shop’ Online poster?
-financial service
-costumer survey (work with fred)
- shop online
-print at least 30 of each leaflet

12. Adverts and Tv display stand- Martin

13. Till area- Jack
-Table raise and clad

14. complaints desk- Jack
-Table raise and clad
15.props- Patrick
-scanner and card reader
3 mugs
cigerets & lighter
2 mobile phones
2 watches
wet floor sign and puddle
pen and clip board with brown paper stock list

16.Fire extinguishers by Wednesday 21st for 2 weeks- Martin
17.first aid pack- Fred



hi all

So we have found ourselves in a very different place than we set out to be… and after the initial excitement of actually getting a space and it being London and WOO… my head started to hurt as my brain battled to find a way to make it happen and to make the core ideas and elements of the product work here… but for most this didn’t work to begin with and many just can’t work in this new context.  Probably more than rest of you I have felt like this has not been a wholly positive step, maybe this is because my role and intention and the many things I wanted to get from the project where intrinsically linked to it being in Bournemouth and in a closed down shop…

That is just my brain being stupid and not wanting to let go of something I really cared about… and it’s not even being realistic… we have work for nearly a year now developing this strong multifaceted art work and we tried to make it happen and through reasons mostly beyond our control it didn’t work… and I’m really pissed off about that and I have passionately listed the things the work won’t be now and they were important things but screw being a pessimist… and I will not let my brain turn what is an amazing opportunity and experience for all us into negative….

so now my only concern is what can and will be!

what have you guys been thinking about this change?

hello all

so there is a load to do…

1) 200 products to print

2) 1150 paper bags to print logo and tagline on

3) 300 pic ‘n mix

4) 20 T-shirts to print

5) 1100 products to cut

6) print the money/vouchers

7) decide what its we are doing, what it is about, the intention and how its going to fulfil those – key areas:the space/the performance/the framing
8) write press release

9) make leaflet… press release rehashed… two side magazine looking sheet with 2 articles one about project ‘Shop’ the other OutsideIN and a few ads on there from world of shop… maybe the procrastination game, something fun and jokey, a lonely heart from Brian?

10) make website put content on

11) make props

12) make shelves and stands

13) makes signs and displays

14) get and brief actors

15) 300 smaller products to glue in Bournemouth

21st April GET THIS AND US TO LONDON… van and car and coach or train.

then if we can glue in the space in Selfridges and if not some where else in London…  we have 1000+ products to glue in 2.5 days plus install shelves and other elements.

please look on the google calendar… and add and question it for next 3 days so can make changes, after that we stick to it and changes will be made only if outside factors change, not if we don’t get stuff done… because the plan needs to be realistic and considered. This is what I have tried be so far. speak to me if you want me to explain my reasoning and I can change things if they make sense too.

ROLES-Before London

This is just to help us we are of course working together on most things.


Money/vouchers- design and printed (let me not costs and numbers)

Shelves- designed, made and flat packed

props- makes some and talk to model makers

decided your role when its happening- what you want to be doing and what you want to get out of it.


Cardboard- sourcing and making sure we have enough cardboard

press release- help write it

leaflet- project ‘Shop’ article/write-up with ellie s and me

Van- get it to Bournemouth

Shelves-designed, made and flat packed

the space- do a sketch up, work with Ellie’s and Patricks to get plan done for Friday 9th

decided your role when its happening- what you want to be doing and what you want to get out of it.

Ellie KP

Products-making sure they are printed and being cut to schedule

signs and displays- design and make

decided your role when its happening- what you want to be doing and what you want to get out of it.

Ellie S

Bags and T-shirt logos and elements- by Sunday 11th/Monday morning

props- make

signs and displays- design and make

leaflet- project ‘Shop’ article/write up with jack and me

decided your role when its happening- what you want to be doing and what you want to get out of it.


press release-help

leaflet- OutsideIN article/write up with me

performance- work with me, my dad to get make it happen and the way we what it!

decided your role when its happening- what you want to be doing and what you want to get out of it.


Cash machine



press release- write

leaflet- OutsideIN article/write up with me

props- make

performance- work with martin, my dad to get make it happen and the way we what it!

decided your role when its happening- what you want to be doing and what you want to get out of it.

plan for running the event

little later I’ll put up a preliminary plan of action/roles for set up in london


hi all… thought I would put this up to remind us of time when the idea of ‘Shop’ was just that and an initial idea… and it was the groups reaction to the retail context… from our old Facebook group…so things have moved on a lot and it is and we are so much better, we have all changed and i think have learnt loads doing this.

When the highly developed and considered event ‘Shop’ happens in may it will have been about a year since this convo… proof that good ideas aren’t always easy to make happen!


Anything can be art and anyone can be an artist but not everything is art and not everyone is an artist.

Why is this?

because art is not the production of an object, or the enactment of a performance or the creation of an experience within any designated space; These elements can and almost always are part that which makes up our understanding of art and art works but art is the intangible. Art is the social construct, the conceptual understanding of the role and the function of art itself.

Art is a personal and public dialogue that leads to critical debate, which is again both personal and public.

This dialogue is the relationship between the content in its context with anyone (the Viewer/Participant/Artist). The critical debate is the discussion that is either personal, an internal contemplative relationship with the personal perception of the experience or public conversations and communications provoked by the content in context.

If this is so what makes some one an artist?

and how did art come to be? not artworks but art?

what do you guys think of this?


Hey all!

I’m just starting research for my essay finally managed to get out of bed and read something!

I’m reading the essay A Genealogy of Participatory Art by Boris Groys, it’s pretty interesting stuff and its lead me back to thinking about what we are doing, or trying to do, us as a group and more specifically with Project ‘Shop’.

Maybe some of us know the answers already, maybe some of us are defining them through our essay writing but if not after this stress is over with

we need to find our group and/or individual positions on what we are doing, the different aspects of the project and the art we are making.

Whatever political and ideological statements we are making, we need to be aware, refine and define our understandings of it otherwise were not learning and we would just be having some fun… and I think we are definitely working too hard and definitely not having enough fun for this just to be frivolous play!

so after essay deadline I think each of us should read a piece of critical text relating to the content of this project… economy, consumerism, high-street culture, selling of ideas, buying the perfect life… and to continue reading context related texts about use of slack space, art and commodity and participation and collective and collaborative working.

Then through this blog we can consolidate all our research and thoughts and each one of us can become very well-informed individuals indeed.

what do you guys think?


When I woke up this Tuesday I had a meeting to get to, like most meetings it was a meeting I had set up, a meeting about this week and all the work we as a group had to get done, a meeting where I would suggest how we could get it done, a meeting where I would voice all my thoughts, a meeting where I again would say this week is gonna be hard and rely on team work and dedication… like most every week this month… T-shirt printing week or Stitch and Cardboard party week, a meeting where I would thank and praise everyone for the role in the success of the party and would try to find a way to keep everyone moving along in the same direction, with similar goals, where I would put pressure on different people to take responsibilities for things

but I didn’t get up, I couldn’t face it, because I was tired, because I couldn’t hold the many thoughts and pressures in my head and come out with the answer… I can do this.

I have always been a great pretender… and it does me so well… sometimes I fool myself… when convincing others I am many things, good at this and that I convince myself too… but I have dealt with the real me, the fragile and flawed person that struggles to get out of bed (the me that feels so genuine because it’s so painful and raw) long enough to know I can only hold the pretence up for periods of time or that if I am putting lots of effort somewhere… then there is a place in my life that is falling down, falling apart… its ok when it’s just washing my clothes, tidying my room and eating but when it’s those and sleeping and other hurdles… I know I am being too reckless.

I didn’t want to become this reckless but I wanted or needed the group success and the project to happen more.

from when I first made my own life here..

I wanted a group, I needed one… a new family, a new support system and a new reason to do things… when I came to uni… I played family with my housemates which was fun but these were not my people… then I made friends with everyone in the year, I tried to unit us all. I set up meeting, talked to everyone as much as I could and organised fun activities because I just wanted a new group where people where happy, and made stuff and did stuff and belonged and I belonged to it. This worked ok I found reasons and motivation and I help people know each other and spent time working with different people and lots of them were definitely my sort of people… but I still wasn’t happy because this group wasn’t really united and things weren’t happening or at least not without me doing most the work. Plus this was just a group formed by the institution around them as soon as that was done with the group did not exist.

so I looked within this group and found people who I could belong with, they were the most able thinkers, the most active doers and the people I knew could be those things. We formed a group and things became a lot less about me, while still validating my presence and bringing out my positives, my potency.

OutsideIN Creative Collective, is just a name but the group means a lot more to me, after a hard start and a few entrances and exits it became a group of people, different people. Each person I respect as my equal, each had different skills, backgrounds and ways of thinking and articulating, so many different strengths… so many qualities and talents for me to aspire too. This is the group I belong to and that belongs to me.

but things get hard and change when the pressure of doing something so much bigger than us as individuals and perhaps even us a group takes control of its people, people who want to be free.

Things changed for me when I had to stop treating people as my equals and start being the boss, the superior, I had problems with this from the first time I had to tell my friends what to do as a command and even more so when I had to tell them off for not doing what they were asked to do… this changes things… its needed to get the task done and especially to make leading such a project possible butit’s not why I set about forming a group.

so tensions and balance of such pressures became more and more my role and more part of group life… I couldn’t find aways around it..

but I could lead, my skills suit it and so knowing that was an ever more needed role, that I was best suited or that I got the most reward from it… I did it. Things were good, things were bad… but things where happening.

Then after the success of Mini ‘Shop’, I feel apart because I couldn’t pretend to be that person who could do all that it means to lead the group well. Since then I have lied to myself pretended to not be leading at times and made half-hearted attempts not to lead and to put my other needs first… but the group now seems to need a leader as much as before. Jack said he would lead to relieve the pressure from me but I know now not to expect people to be something they’re not… Jack can lead as much as I let him… because people look to me because I take control… Jack can’t lead the way I want as much as I can’t find let it go and relax with him leading the way he does. I should be able to as this, its what I want but I can’t, and I don’t expect Jack to change if I can’t. We are the people we are.

I am very unhappy of the creation of this and pressures on the group… the group is to bring out each others voices, each others talents, each others difference and the similarities… it was never meant to prosecute the very things that make us different, that make us who we are… strengths should be praised and weakness ( that are only weakness if seen as such because otherwise are just differences) recognised and the individual supported not punished. We are all amazing and flawed people. Diversity of skill and thought is our strength and should never be treated as a weakness. We should not be led by an uncontrollable sense pressure. We should not conform beyond our desires. If we as individuals find issues, we as individuals must find our own solutions, even if the issues we find are with others. As a group we should support listening and trying to understand individuals as individuals. If we see there are those that need support in over coming any problem or ‘weakness’ we should offer help but only if we want to not if we merely feel obliged.

I not care about how we look from the outside, I only care of how its feels from the inside. We did not find amazing people to live, work and play with to tell each other that we have flaws or that others actions are not what we want or expect of them. Project ‘Shop’ with all its possibility is not worth loss of the important things. I guess learning and compromise is what we should focus on.

I am very angry that I’m finding things so hard and haven’t got the energy to be the person that the project may need me to be, it’s very understandable if you are unhappy about that, I am.

Mostly I am unhappy because I can’t stop thing that nothing I do can bring my mum back, which leads me to know I have dropped many levels of control and ignored many warning signs. I need to do better for me, so that I can be better for everyone.

much love fredx

hello all

This week is all about TEAM WORK… so things may have been very hard and frustrating these past weeks… but this week it all changes… this week we remember we like each other and that we are all making something together!

there is 4 aims of this week and they are big ones but we can do it cos we are good!

Aim 1: GET A SHOP- this will be every weeks aim till we manage to find one… so martin and jack maybe dedicated hour or two a day to this.

Aim 2: Make 200 products- this means cardboard collecting… 3 days this week.. at least 2 people each time (we need to get cardboard for party as well)

and for this week product printing is a job for me, Jack and Martin! woo making.. yay!

Aim 3: Website complete- this is a job for Ash and I- but I will need your guys support to get me images and input.. etc.

Aim 4: MAKE AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL Mooshie Taboo products!- this is under the capable hands of Ellie and Mr Patrick… but they will need support and encouragement… like ‘you can do it’ and ‘push it’ and well I imagine a Rocky movie montage with sweat running down Ellie’s face as Patrick, her coach shouts slogans at her.

I propose meet at 10am studio 5 for a quick plan the week’s output… whose who… whats what… any questions.. affair.. then get on have some fun and work real hard.

sound good?

and I was thinking

Monday-work hard from 10am then all go home at 5.30 and have time to ourselves…

Tuesday- 10 or 11 then meet for lunch then more sexy work then to  jacks for ironing T-shirts… dinner… make together then to buffalo.. we can figure best way round this and where.

Wednesday- work in studio till like 630- lots of printing and cutting and fun… then patrick for ironing, sewing labels and meeting… all eat there!

Thursday- long day at uni then home for me time? dinner alone.. candle lit

Friday… finish it… sleep and then


Ellie KP don’t think you are forgotten your AIM: have fun, get drunk and do many things I wouldn’t do… that will be hard cos I eat food off train floors and pretend to be a bird in airports… have a great time!

Things not to worry about this week..

design products- next week we can get back on that!

the budget.. beyond what I will do.. but again next week must get this tidy and all sorted!

the event ‘Shop’ … figuring it out and all those concerns other than getting a space.. gonna have a meeting


Recently I’ve been thinking about what my role is within the group. I don’t often get involved with things like writing for the group, be it the shop project statement or manifesto or whatever it is we have that sets out what ousideIN is about, it’s key aims and such. I think my lack of input in things like this has meant that I don’t feel like I really identify with what the group is stated to be. For example, I think the ‘about the group’ section on our website is a lot more reflective of other members of the group, or rather their interpretation of what they think outsideIN is about.

At the moment I don’t know whether I want to take a more active role in defining the group or if I’m content to remain a sort of backseat member because when I actually think about what I do at the moment, I just seem to be relied upon as a sort of technician.

Today Ellie and I printed a lot of the Moosie Taboo t-shirts and bags and while I’m sure Ellie and the rest of the group could manage the Mooshie Taboo project without my help, I think it would be a lot harder than it is with my help. I’ve been involved at almost every stage, from spending days drawing out one of the designs on Illustrator, to sizing the designs and preparing them for silkscreens and actually screen printing them. The part I wasn’t involved in was the actual conception of the whole t-shirt making endeavor. It wasn’t my idea but I’ve been working on it in none the less because of my skills in Illustrator and silkscreen printing. I think the problem is that I don’t feel like I have any real control over what I’m working on. I don’t feel very outsideIN, I feel more like I work for outsideIN.

it’s been interesting going to meetings recently, maybe its due to my role being project manager making me think it or perhaps as we carry on this project i am getting a clearer idea of how the people we are meeting might actually help us.

it was first in the kirsten hardy meeting i started seeing how hard to understand martin was being. she would ask him a question and he would proceed to lead the conversation off in another direction, almost as though he was covering up the answer on purpose. though it was simply a case of him wanting to talk about the project, because it excites him. so with martin being allusive with her questions i took to being very direct and to the point, because i wanted to answer her questions to find out if she could help with the area in question.

it was this encounter in particular that helped me think about my own manner of focusing my efforts, something which i have been having a lot of trouble with, seeing martin dodging questions and distracting the conversation made me reaslise we have all been doing this recently, becoming distracted by all the different parts of our project, we have been running in all directions at once and not getting far. we have been doing shop full time for around 20 days and it feels like it has been going very slowly.

i feel in the past few days however we are slotting together like the team we need to be, focused on our aims, and there for each other. this has made me much more confident about really achieving our goal!

what i need to do now is getting better at my job, which is making sure everyone is on track, by keeping you all aware of your roles, however this has been happening without me just fine so far, so maybe i should just leave everyone alone, and my contribution will be to not get in the way?