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The Dummy Run Cafe

So my idea for running a cafe at Mannakin will soon come to fruition!

We have some wonderful cakes and home made breads on the way and cups of tea and good strong coffee will be on the menu too!

More news soon, but will make the official announcement sooner rather than later via our newsletter – please click here to sign up!

Oh and if you use the Strava app – The Dummy Run is a timed segment that passes our gates – we intend to have a leader board in house!!

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Film Location Lincolnshire

Film Location Lincolnshire

My first blog, when I started working with the mannequins, I called the Dollywood Times. This is not because of our dear Dolly Parton, but because of the jobs they were getting on TV sets.

At one point I saw myself as their ‘agent’ and therefore my mission was to give them profiles, just like real actors.

Later, when this picture was taken, my team were doing ‘Acorn Antique’ style short films, in which we would cover an initial enquiry for mannequins and then fulfill the order. It was really good fun and they are still on my You Tube channel (mannakin.hq).

My yard now is an amazing location for shoots – described as a ‘photographers paradise’ and you can book in from as little as £10 an hour and we welcome camera clubs and schools / colleges too.

And anyone shooting a horror film – well the visual assault is very much that initial ‘wrong turn’ that is taken in such films, at night, in the rain, looking for a phone to use.

With the biggest feedback so far being ‘I don’t know when to stop taking photos’ from many visiting photographers, I personally guarantee that you would not leave disappointed.

#filmlocation #locationhire #mannequins #mannequinhire #photographers #artphotography #amateurphotography #creative

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Live With Wine And Paint Brushes

Live With Wine And Paint Brushes

Last night I did an impromptu live broadcast on my Facebook page (Mannakin). Basically I called it ‘Live with wine and paintbrushes’.

The purpose? To eliminate my fears about my own self doubts in front of the camera but also to ask any viewers a question.

I already know from doing the escape game beta testing on Facebook that the lag is appalling and things you say are actually broadcast 30 odd seconds later. It’s like going back to dial up internet!

Anyway, the question I asked was – if you could spend an hour with me, learning something – what would that be?

The question that came up was ‘How do you live so fearlessly?’

In answer I don’t think I do, so it was a great experience to know how I come across. I’m a great advocate of ‘Just Do It’ and this certainly has been keeping me going all these years.

I’m going to do it again next week on Facebook as the chat and banter, enjoying a glass of wine whilst painting an old discarded mannequin was really good fun.

#justdoit #creative #facebooklive #livebroadcast #reinvention

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Creative Me

Unusual Photographic Location

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.

#photography #photographers #visual #mannequingraveyard

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Mannakin Museum

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.

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How Pop Up Shops Are Changing Retail

Retail needs an overhaul. I’ve been saying this for a while now. Like anything really – it all goes a bit stale until the next craze comes into play.

Aside from having a bricks and mortar shop – it was being online with a website that changed and is still changing retail. The traditional high streets are a mass of charity, phone and coffee shops. Once you know your high street, it is pretty much done and abandoned unless mundane tasks are the order of the day.

Pop up shops however are far more exciting. You can potentially leverage your planning skills into your own event that cements the relationship between physical shop, online presence and your tribe of customers.

We are totally geared up and dedicated to helping achieve these plans and of course our mannequins are very willing to help.

I’d like to compile a guide to creating a pop up shop. If you are a company or individual working in this field and would like to be included, please get in touch.