Making a creative change
Finally, going slightly off-piste, I’d like to make a rallying cry to fellow creatives.
Working in the creative industries and making great visual work, unfortunately often comes with a cost - namely waste.
As a set designer, creating worlds that generally don’t already exist, often involves making or acquiring props, costumes and whatever paraphernalia may be required to bring ideas to life.
But what becomes of it all? Sadly a lot gets thrown away due to a lack of viable disposal options and costs. I once watched a beautifully crafted swan gets buried, it was too painful to watch. It seems such a shame to be destroying these wonderful things. And whilst there are some fantastic recycling facilities in London, my favourite is Children’s Scrap in Homerton, there is only so much even they can hoard.
Very simply there is a waste endemic across the board in making of film, TV, fashion and art, in particular concerning the Art and Costume departments.
The solution I believe is that all creatives who know of or work alongside this problem,
should come together to forge what could be an alternative prop house. Whilst there are a few small operators in this field, the most notable of which is The Last Tuesday Society, if we could rally a greater collection of creative people it would be an amazing resource that could re-use and replenish great creative projects.
Done at affordable prices or even no fees for the most needy, would help all the creatives out there, who, I am sure at one time or another, struggle with little or no budget at all. Wouldn’t it be great?