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extended free shop for xmas

Postby martinmckenna » Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:02 am

well xmas is just round the corner , and we need to get organized for the free bonanza ,i was thinking about a meeting to find out what we need and have for it and how we are going to do it , also a poster for people now to think about what they can give to the shop ,funny enuf the total opposite to any thing happening in retail at the moment , so we could have fun with that ,

any other idea ?
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an idea

Postby alice » Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:05 am

what do you think of this:

Me and a friend were thinking of things we could do to raise awearness about how much is thrown into skips by supermarkets (particularly around christmas time). We thought that during the free shop for about two days we could fill the window of the gallery with skipped food, right up to the top so that it's visible from the outside as a pile of food, with some kind of signage letting people know what it is. There would be someone around to answer questions and we could contact the press about it. People could take the food if they fancied, or not. The point is it's a really public space to make a statement like that. and it would look cool.
let me know what you think, I'll post this on the working group forum aswell as it kind of affects the cafe too.
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Postby martinmckenna » Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:08 am

yes that could be part of it too , if its fine with the cafe
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Postby James » Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:25 am

Alice - Sounds great.

Steven - When do you want to meet? I'll try to point Helen towards this seeing as she originally suggested it.

We could try to get the Freecycle list onboard with this?
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Postby James » Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:26 am

martin, sorry .....

*gets coat*

*leaves quietly*
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Postby martinmckenna » Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:48 am

get people talking a bit about it first i guess , then work out when to have the meeting , but sooner the better , sometime next week would be good , and yes try and get as many people as poss , helen and danny and co !, this is not just a visual art thing

i was thinking an we get some shelves so we can put some in then ,

also some bucket raking trips would be cool , a sort of team building event arrr !
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Postby Gandhi » Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:47 pm

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Postby martinmckenna » Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:57 pm

It was considered a crime to waste food during the war, according to 92-year-old Marguerite Patten.


nice[/quote]
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Postby martinmckenna » Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:09 pm

we need slogans for the promo bit !
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Postby stephengoodall » Sat Nov 03, 2007 7:40 pm

ideally for me we could meet sometime before friday. anybody got a preference?

i think the food idea sounds good, its gopod to have an artistic slant on proceedsings since we will be in the gallery, like dai mentioned in the other thread.

I also take dai's point about the fragile ecology of skips- could we do a few trips in the runup to december and store the choice stuff somewhere till the fun begins on the 15th?

the more we can get done before the start of december the better for me really cos i will be out of the country after that until the start of the show.

i'm planning to do a few collage editions with the marks n spencer hamper brochure, aiming to knock a couple out to promote the show soon.


logistically speaking, things we need are:

a way of displaying the free stuff
enough free stuff
a plan for promotions
signage

s far as slogans and such i like the term "karmic retail" Martin and iu were discussing a while back about the word "free" being bopth necessary but misleading- might be good to emphasise the bringing as well as the taking.
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Postby bill » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:15 am

lets meet? when. this week. we should not cross threads. all post on the same one so that no body misses anything.
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Postby martinmckenna » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:47 am

thurday 7pm ?
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Postby James » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:20 pm

There's a book launch at stills I wanted to go to (History of Scottish photography, the guys giving a little talk) so I can't make then. Earlier or later?
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Postby stephengoodall » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:05 pm

let's all post on the public thread. thursdat 6pm? but there is cafe+events wg on that night. friday 7pm?
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Postby martinmckenna » Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:43 am

am busy on friday , i think the cafe meeting is tonight . how about Wednesday 7pm
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Postby stephengoodall » Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:47 am

i'm working wednesday night.

what about earlier on thursday then?
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Postby martinmckenna » Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:52 am

am fine for anyday or any time except friday
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Postby alice » Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:03 pm

this is getting out of hand. How about 6 on thursday and people can come and go if they need to?
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Postby martinmckenna » Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:31 pm

the free shop dates are Fri 14 Dec - Sat 22 Dec
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Postby James » Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:44 pm

6 on Thu. I will be there for 25 mins. Sorted :-)
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Postby martinmckenna » Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:50 pm

the free shop has it own web page , we could use that more info on is being done and when , who can edit that page ?
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Postby martinmckenna » Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:56 pm

i was thinking maybe we can have a hand in day , to make it simpler for people to donate stuff , i could be available for that day
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Postby martinmckenna » Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:13 pm

ok a bit of an update , i done a few posters , have had talks with a few people , emily interested in doing some stuff within the shop , and a guy called andy says he find some stuff too

dan has come up with a name for the show which is
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Postby martinmckenna » Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:14 pm

is the name a go ?
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Postby Gandhi » Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:58 am

TK Spazzz
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Postby stephengoodall » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:00 am

what about TKXMAX?
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Postby swithun » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:27 am

stephengoodall wrote:what about TKXMAX?


We have a winner.
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Postby Gandhi » Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:05 pm

i like.

Can someone draw a logo which involves Santa filling his goodie bag from a bin? :D
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Postby martinmckenna » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:58 pm

ok heres some posters , if any one can come up with some more/less informative ones , then fire away .
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Postby martinmckenna » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:00 pm

the images are object in the free shop , so maybe we can make a catalog
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Postby stephengoodall » Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:35 am

excellent posters.

can you send me a jpeg of the tkxmaxxx bit so i can use?
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Postby martinmckenna » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:44 am

ill post it here
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Postby ravanwin » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:40 pm

great job on these posters! they look supurb!

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Postby martinmckenna » Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:11 pm

ive put the event on the what ons section , it could do with some better text on issues surrounding the event , give people an idea how to get involved ,

anyone?
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Postby stephengoodall » Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:21 pm

i added a bit to the website stuff that was already there, will try to write something more substantial, also put alice's show image+text up.
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Postby martinmckenna » Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:12 pm

good job!
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Postby stephengoodall » Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:30 pm

"TKXMAXX- a merry celebration of Christmas culture-the festive incarnation of the Forest free shop! That’s right! new and improved! Now with 100% more gallery!
This festive art occurrence will provide an alternative to the Christmas shopping experience by adopting and subverting the aesthetics and principles of the retail trade.
Its buy none get one free! TKXMAXX will be one part investigation into the dark side of the horn of plenty, one part space for found objects and artists editions- all available for a one-time-only special price of nothing! Every priceless item in the shop will be on sale for free!
TKXMAXX revolves around the tenet of “karmic retail”- take what you want and leave what you can- this is a participation event so if you want to donate your unwanted stuff or use your skills in the space to make new artist’s editions from found objects just drop by or get in touch with the visual arts working group through our email- totalkunstsubmissions@yahoo.co.uk"


i liked dai's idea about the staff shirts.

what about putting that bit of the slade song where noddy shouts "it's christ-maaaas" slowed down and on a constant loop? sanity-shattering!
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Postby martinmckenna » Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:33 pm

i like the staff shirts too , and the song
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Postby stephengoodall » Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:44 pm

can't seem to save changes to website today, any ideas?
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Postby martinmckenna » Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:48 pm

its screwed for some reason , it works but it takes a long time , i was trying the other night and then give up , i was hoping that it was something to do with my comp or just a one off thing
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scavenging day

Postby alice » Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:04 pm

Lovely posters!
I'll a post on both the peoples forum and the forest working group about the scavenging day on the 25th. I reckon just ask people to find and bring what they can but if they want someone to scavenge with to come to the forest at 2 and meet up with someone.
prizes for the best finds? Winners decided at 5pm.
Bill is it still ok to use your van for pickups?
everyone tell everyone.
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Postby Jimmy Bastard » Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:35 pm

Once we've niced the place up a little special,
we should have an in-store DJ,
a poet-laureate,
a personal shoplifter...
all ad-hoc and casual, just drop-in, do your thing

The Thousand Yard Store

'Room is swaying, records playing/All the old songs we love to hear.'
thus spake Shaky
Christmas is coming and the beats are getting phat.
Jesus Dj'ed For Your Sins
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Postby martinmckenna » Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:39 pm

one way of making the t shirts is to make a stencil , then spray paint it on . using old t shirts would be good for this
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Postby martinmckenna » Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:47 pm

any stencil gurus out there?
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Postby bill » Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:11 pm

try nix.

i can do some
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Postby martinmckenna » Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:00 pm

we had the free shop stuff in the gallery on sunday and it looked cool , people could wander among the stuff , and people where curious about it . so its all good

if you could do a stencil bill , that would be barrie !

i think ill do a catalog for it after the event as record .
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Postby martinmckenna » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:30 pm

ok folks

we will now be setting up on sat the 15th , so we will need help and ideas ?
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Free Free Shop STUFF....

Postby ravanwin » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:18 pm

---- DOES ANYONE HAVE A VAN AND WANNA GET THIS STUFF ---

Hello Ryan -

Don't know if you're the right person to ask abut this, but since most of my FB Forest messages have come from you I figured you'd be a good place to start.

I have a vanload (or possibly 2 carloads) of stock for the free shop (mostly clothes/costumes and also a large bag of fabric rags for craft projects and some assorted bits & pieces of junk). I don't have transport, however, or know of anyone who has.

So if the Forest would like this stuff, could someone get in touch with me to arrange pickup? I'm in Tollcross and my number is 07941 144884. Ideally I'm hoping whoever is picking the stuff up could do so after 10pm one evening this week as I work until that time and also it's less hassle to park.

Could you also let me know if you don't want the stuff as in that case I will offer it to a charity shop.

cheers

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Postby Shannon » Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:26 pm

Hope someone managed to get that - sounds great!!

Take lots of photos for me - sad to be missing this (but Canada and NYC are great).
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Postby stephengoodall » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:29 pm

ok so tentative plans to take the shop out of the gallery on the 3rd of january? any objections?
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