Over the course of Nicola’s research into creative practice in the public realm, she has developed a number of products that people can use in their everyday lives to either represent a creative lifestyle, or encourage one.
She has developed them individually and collaboratively, with other artists and with researchers and academics and cover a wide breadth of potential users.
You can find out more about these products below, and can purchase some of them from my ‘shop’ page and Winstanley & Nadin’s ‘shop’ page.
A Drifters Guide to Urban Wandering
A Drifters Guide to Urban Wandering is a set of 10 cards that guide the user on an infinite number of unique urban walks. Using sets of rules with which to conduct walks, this handy pocket guide is designed to remove the user from their usual behaviour in urban locations in order to explore, daydream and wander in a similar way that we explore nature. Inspired by The Situationist International's idea of 'the derive' this product was released in 2014 and has been sold in shops across Staffordshire and Manchester.
Artist At Work Hi-Vis
This hi-vis vest was developed with creative partner Sarah Nadin as part of an action research project called Counterplay. This residency in the Cultural Quarter of Stoke-on-Trent resulted in several products. This one was created in response to the changing role of artists on our city streets, and the desire for people to better understand the physical and practical work that public artists do. These are available to buy in a number of sizes on the Winstanley & Nadin website.
Looky Bag was a product that was also created with partner Sarah Nadin during the project 'Counterplay'. It is a new cultural Bag-zine which encloses news and information about local cultural happenings as well as actual creative content like stories, images, poetry etc. The initial pilot run was 200 bags. The project has recently secured funding to run for a whole year, with three seasonal issues of 4000 bags each. The bags will be free for anyone to pick up in venues and cafes across north Staffordshire. It was designed in response to the need for better, more direct means of cultural advertising and engagement with the general public.
Artists are Active Posters
Created as part of 'Counterplay' in collaboration with Bristol based Artist Robert Amos, these artist propaganda posters were designed to inform the public of the creative activity happing in the Cultural Quarter, and to signpost to other artists that the location was artist friendly. These are available to buy as a set of A3 posters suitable for exterior use on the Winstanley & Nadin website.
This is one from a set of 40 cards created in collaboration with Staffordshire University's Creative Communities Unit as a resource for people to play, question, plan and evaluate the themes of empathy, compassion and understanding in the context of community and participatory arts projects. They are all available to view on the CCU blog