No posts for awhile; the last few weeks of working on our new venture were a bit distracting. Months of planning and thinking and overseeing and deciding and changing our minds and fretting . . . Now all behind us: Prospero’s Project is open!
And what a pleasure it is! If you missed the party, here are some images – most of the photographs taken by James Ratchford.
Thanks are due to authors Damian Barr, Jo Fairly, Juliet Nicolson, Lynne Truss and Jacqueline Wilson who together cut the ribbon in front of a crowd numbering 100 or more.
Thanks, too, to everyone who came, for helping make it such a memorable day!
A centerpiece of the day: The unveiling of a specially-commissioned artwork by Su Blackwell – click here to see photos of it.
Come along to see it for your self . . . Prospero’s Project is open Friday through Monday, from 1 until 5pm.
When we commissioned Su Blackwell to make a book (and gave her books from five centuries to use!), we had no idea what she would decide to make.
Now we can reveal the result – a stunning sculpture celebrating the world of books, based on our own shop. And filled with silhouettes of customers and friends, making it an amazing and amazingly personal work for us to share.
We’re grateful to Su for creating such a special piece – and hope you’ll be able to stop by to see it, now that Prospero’s Project is open (Friday to Monday from 1 to 5, since you ask!)
Sign writer Keith Pettit spent two days decorating Words on Wheels – our book-filled shepherd’s hut – with old-fashioned decorative signs. Lovely!
We’re told (and believe it!) that the new colours on the walls upstairs at Prospero’s Project are the same colours used by the Suffragettes.
That makes us happy.
Here are some photos of the marvelous Darren Poppy, offering a hint of the new scheme. Now the bookcases will go in place and we can start loading them . . .
The threatened snow arrived today. Staff stayed home in droves. The contractors were busy elsewhere. What better time to snap some photos of the shop in unaccustomed white?
Upstairs at Prospero’s Project, the walls are going to be a gorgeous shade of . . . blue? Green? Discussions are on-going. Is Mad King George (a Fired Earth paint) an emerald blue-green? A sea-foam blue?
Regardless, with some colour-blocked Amysthest the effect will be eye-poppingly gorgeous!
In the yard, a few brave daffodils have poked their heads out. In our barn and in our Shepherd’s Hut (now dubbed Words on Wheels), a few brave books have ventured out of their cartons and on to bookshelves. Amazing!
Upstairs: Charlotte Drury made order from the chaos of our wooden type collection.
Downstairs: Mark Martin’s gang assembled bookcases on wheels (skateboarding bookshelves? Why not?).
It’s all progress . . .
Flurries of snow came with the freezing weather this week – but neither the arctic temperatures nor the white stuff daunted Mark Martin and his team.
The result of their work: A shed filled with bookcases.
And it turns out that Much Ado staffers were not to be outdone – no sooner were the bookcases installed than David Newman and Kay Hussey rolled up their sleeves and set to work cleaning shelves and – hooray! – shelving books.
The latest issues of both Flow and Uppercase have arrived. Hope they don’t distract our builders too much!
Envious of Mark (he’s reading Flow No. 20) and John (inspired by Uppercase No. 36)? You can have us post copies to you – click here to see our webpages with ordering details . . .