A Fall into Grace

  I spent most of 2015 working as artist /producer on a second part of A Fall into Grace - In 2011 I had created a series of theatrical stereoscopes depicting a simple fictional love story as well as encouraging members of the public to record their own experiences of falling in love. These audio recordings were exhibited alongside my fictional tableaux. The compelling and sometimes devastating nature of these love stories inspired me to develop the project further and an illustrated anthology of romantic writing was published in December 2015 in both paper back, with a special edition hard backed book. As with the first project, the theme of 'Romantic Love' was explored through both fiction and biography. Acclaimed authors and artists ran writing and printing workshops for diverse groups of people. Over the summer of 2015 I worked with experimental theatre producer John Norton who produced a unique day of Romantic Storytelling involving many of the writers. This also involved a market stall; our matchmaker Madam Rita; a curious audience; a set of specially designed playing cards; a campaign map; four coded maps; much screen-printed material, posters, illustrations and wallpaper; one beautiful young man who sang to everyone on the hour and flirted with Madam Rita; twenty one storytellers, and seventeen venues across the town, including, benches, cafe's, a vintage car, a bridal shop, a bed shop, a florist, the ringing chamber of a church and a graveyard. I worked with Sarah pace of Addo on the development and production of the project. The project was funded by Arts Council of Wales, the Ashley Family Foundation and Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, through their Town Heritage Initiative Scheme.

 

I spent most of 2015 working as artist /producer on a second part of A Fall into Grace - In 2011 I had created a series of theatrical stereoscopes depicting a simple fictional love story as well as encouraging members of the public to record their own experiences of falling in love. These audio recordings were exhibited alongside my fictional tableaux. The compelling and sometimes devastating nature of these love stories inspired me to develop the project further and an illustrated anthology of romantic writing was published in December 2015 in both paper back, with a special edition hard backed book. As with the first project, the theme of 'Romantic Love' was explored through both fiction and biography. Acclaimed authors and artists ran writing and printing workshops for diverse groups of people. Over the summer of 2015 I worked with experimental theatre producer John Norton who produced a unique day of Romantic Storytelling involving many of the writers. This also involved a market stall; our matchmaker Madam Rita; a curious audience; a set of specially designed playing cards; a campaign map; four coded maps; much screen-printed material, posters, illustrations and wallpaper; one beautiful young man who sang to everyone on the hour and flirted with Madam Rita; twenty one storytellers, and seventeen venues across the town, including, benches, cafe's, a vintage car, a bridal shop, a bed shop, a florist, the ringing chamber of a church and a graveyard.

I worked with Sarah pace of Addo on the development and production of the project. The project was funded by Arts Council of Wales, the Ashley Family Foundation and Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, through their Town Heritage Initiative Scheme.

Set of 21 cards designed for use by a matchmaker during an afternoon of romantic storytelling across Aberdare, production devised by John Norton in collaboration with Jackie Chettur, September 2015. Cards designed by Jackie Chettur

Set of 21 cards designed for use by a matchmaker during an afternoon of romantic storytelling across Aberdare, production devised by John Norton in collaboration with Jackie Chettur, September 2015. Cards designed by Jackie Chettur

Writing workshop with Phil Carradice

Writing workshop with Phil Carradice

Writing workshop with Phil Carradice

Writing workshop with Phil Carradice

A0 Screenprint of love spoon, traditional Welsh love token

A0 Screenprint of love spoon, traditional Welsh love token

Screen-printing workshop Printhaus Cardiff.  participants illustrate their love stories

Screen-printing workshop Printhaus Cardiff. 
participants illustrate their love stories

A1 Screen -print participants love story illustration

A1 Screen -print participants love story illustration

Letterpress, first sentences of love stories 

Letterpress, first sentences of love stories 

'A Fall into Grace romantic writing from Wales'  Hard Back Edition, Published by Addo 2015 - image shows: story and illustration by Rebecca Spooner

'A Fall into Grace romantic writing from Wales'  Hard Back Edition, Published by Addo 2015 - image shows: story and illustration by Rebecca Spooner

'A Fall into Grace romantic writing from Wales'   paperback edition designed by: Jackie Chettur, published by Addo

'A Fall into Grace romantic writing from Wales'  
paperback edition designed by: Jackie Chettur, published by Addo