The woodland house mural

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Question:

What does sailing to the island of Saint Helena and painting a ship on a building in Woodstock have in common?

Answer:

They both take 6 days!

The RMS St Helena looking towards Jamestown, St Helena, April 2015

The RMS St Helena looking towards Jamestown, St Helena, April 2015

 

When I said to St Helena in 2015, I fell madly in love with the romance of sailing, ships and sea voyages. The adventure I went on awoke something that had been stirring in me for years and resulted in a fabulous collaboration with Mr Price. You can read about it here. So when I was approached by an urban developer to paint a two-storey building in Woodstock - (and to please include the scrolling pattern of the railing in the work) - I knew that I would be returning to the high seas. Including the wrought-iron railing seemed simple enough, but I was at a dead end with the rigid, rectangular windows on the facade. Any hope of doing something floral that 'grew' up the building was out of the question - if only the windows weren't there, or if only I could make them disappear. The solution to this problem came to me in the middle of the night and I literally had to get out of bed, turn on the light and jot it down. To other Creatives out there: always keep a notebook beside your bed; good ideas don't keep business hours. 

I realised that if I embraced the spaces between the windows as formal, pictorial elements - and painted the negative spaces the same colour as the windows - the windows would disappear visually, and the painted parts would stand proud of the building. It really was a floek lightbulb moment. And everything was obvious and easy to do after this. Its strange how much can rest on one little idea in the middle of the night. So the windows on the 1st floor turned into the sky, the windows below became stacked crates on the 'dock' below and the wrought-iron railing become the lapping waves on Table Bay. The ship's chimney stacks echoed the giggling surface of the water while giving the ship some movement at the same time. Add a few Fairy Tern Birds (inspired by a little bird that sat on my head every morning in St Helena while I had my coffee) and voila - the ship is ready to sail. I would like to wish each and every person on board the WLH Workmanship a very exciting and successful voyage into their futures. 

 

Woodland House - A 'Before' Shot

Woodland House - A 'Before' Shot

The idea for the mural came to me in the middle of the night. Literally. I remember getting out of bed, turning a lamp on and scribbling it down. ALWAYS keep a notebook next to your bed - good ideas don't keep business hours.

The idea for the mural came to me in the middle of the night. Literally. I remember getting out of bed, turning a lamp on and scribbling it down. ALWAYS keep a notebook next to your bed - good ideas don't keep business hours.

The completed mural in all its nautical glory! 

The completed mural in all its nautical glory! 

 

 

the people who call the ship their home today

After I completed the mural, I thought it would be fun to meet the people who had moved in. The space is home to a florist, artists, fashion designers and many more exciting creatives. I met with a few to find out more about them. You can read about them in the gallery below - check out the captions for their details. There are a few spaces in Woodland House left. The details of the available spaces can be found at: www.daleglen.co.za/woodland-house

To find out more about the building and availability of the studios, check out the Daleglen website here:

http://www.daleglen.co.za/woodland-house/