I want to tell you about something about creative me. I can’t follow the crowd. I’m not even interested in being like others.
Whatever I have done in my life I have done it differently.
I’ve done all sorts of things in my career, from Estate Agency, to Horse Riding Instructor, Company Accountant and Marketing Ace for a major truck brand, not forgetting my years in retailing African Art.
Now I find myself living this incredible life with a yard full of dollies. I look at the mountain of piled up mannequins and it amuses me. To others it might look like a pile of old tosh, but to me…
Richard Wakefield is a photographer based in Oxford. He came along to Mannakin Mountain with model Amy on a cloudy day and did his thing. When he said he’d send some shots over for me to use and having known how that day was weather wise – I was totally amazed with the results.
This makes me smile – I love seeing the astounding visuals that come out of, what I remember as, a very cloudy day.
Every cloud has a silver lining. Wishing you all a great day ahead.
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When I first started out online with my mannequin business I went to all sorts of lengths to show them in the right light.
I’d started my business from home and so the kitchen became the designated photographing area.
I’d tied a big bed sheet up to hide the fridge and you know what, it worked. Well it worked in the sense that I had at least images of my mannequins to put online.
But looking back at them, they were not really that good but I’d done them, they were out there and helped my business take off.
These days I have an actual photographing area (it gets repainted white weekly) and use just my smart phone with my favourite filter.
I use my images now for my product listings and social media content but certainly for anything going into the press I would use the services of a really good photographer.
Just having the right tools to begin and an easy to follow format is just great advice when you are starting out online.
We have this amazing idea that we would like to share with you…
Over the past twelve years I have been lucky enough to handle over 40,000 mannequins through our base in Lincolnshire. Not only have we provided an unrivalled mannequin hire service to clients from all over the world, and turned unwanted dummies into amazing art projects – we have also collected samples of each and every mannequin that has passed through our hands.
We want to share this collection with you through the idea of a ‘Mannakin Museum’.
In order to get this going, we have some costs ahead of us – costs that we hope to recoup through visitors and Museum memberships. If you would like to get involved either with help putting the collection together, becoming a member or anything you can think of – please stay tuned to our newsletter so that we can keep in touch as the project develops.
We will combine the museum with workshops and a cafe area.
When I set out on this bizzare task of recycling mannequins – I was interviewed in depth by one of the Dragons of the Den. The best advice he gave me was to find more ways to use mannequins.
In my latest attempt, artist Dawn Williamson and myself have made a stress busting game, that can happily sit in any office. Stay tuned for more news, but here are our first attempts.