The designs for Make Your Mark were developed by Andover artist, Ruth Facey, to provide a good participatory activity for anyone in the vicinity to have a go. Initially designed for Andover, we quickly saw the potential for a permanent reminder of the TVAF anniversary in 3 major centres of Test Valley.
Recycled copper, from ‘smooth’ water tanks took over 4 months to find and was only resolved one week before the first event, the Romsey Show. Ruth had to anneal the copper prior to use which she did in half hour sessions over a few days in that last week. Tools for mark making, a variety of hammers and steel blocks were also assembled.
The rain fell at last year’s Show, but the activity was successful, many people taking up the challenge to ‘make their mark’. The youngest and the oldest participants took part that day, age 3 and over 80, and demonstrated the accessibility of this activity to all.
Two more sessions, in Andover and Mottisfont, produced many more textured panels; ultimately over 200 people made their mark. These were then consigned to blacksmith Dave Hemsley who assembled and fabricated the three panels. Engraved panels produced by Scrybwell were added to record the essential support the project received and so, one year later, the first panel came into public view.
The next panel produced last year at Mottisfont will be unveiled at Mottisfont’s Autumn Colour Creative Workshops on Saturday 21 October
Pictured below are TVAF Secretary Michael Moore and Chair, Yinnon Ezra. Also, Sinead Davies and Alfie Glasspool found their 'marks'.