So it’s another year of Gish, this one has felt different to me because it’s going to be my 7th and final hunt. It’s time to retire and move onto other things. Gish has been an amazing experience, I have made friends from all over over globe and and from time to time even met up with a few. I have loved taking part in it, doing crazy art, random acts of kindness and causing mayhem and chaos. So for my final year the old team got back together (not for me just because last year they were on a break (not a Ross and Rachel break)). I couldn’t of been happier doing my final hunt with not just teammates but friends.
The list dropped on Saturday 27th July at 3pm. So after a long day of feeling anxious and pottering around annoying my family it was time. This year the rules were for zero waste and this was reflected on the list with more items being handmade than i have done before and less bus crushing and space items however it did have its challenges with many items looking to have politicians involved or an army of drones. But over all it was business as usual.
First after reading the list, picking a few items, rereading picking more and rereading and going why did i pick that what the hell Lorna! I started work on my first item ready so I was ready to start shooting on the Sunday Morning.
The bandouliere was borrowed from some star wars loving friends daughters dressing up. I think it really adds something to my furry Chewie.
Next up was an item I was really looking forward to and finally got to take my astro turf dress out for a spin.
After this I had a quick run to the shop and visited my cousin who is on the team this year, she needed a tripod, i needed to make a fluffy haggis! When I got home I started on some chainmail armour which i was planning on working on for the next few nights.
Monday started off with a shoot for for the team picture item. This year it was pokemon inspired trading cards. A friend on the team worked on the design and I think they look amazing!
After this and spending some time talking to my locak library about doing an item there I zoomed off up the Dunipace Hills to do a cooking show.
If that isn’t enough Haggis for you here is the longer version.
Today didn’t feel overly productive however I made more progress on the second layer of chainmail and I also started working on a Bee Salloon for Tuesday mornins shoot.
While still in or PJ’s I managed to convince Roslin to get an early start on todays to do list.
We then headed off to my local nature reserve to do a video where i try to skateboard which was for another team collaboration item and to shoot my bee saloon.
Since it was my birthday I had a bit of time off to eat and see the family however no rest for the Gisher and my final shoot of the day I was off to re-enact a scene from a book using only the medium of dance. I had a serious panic over this before I went to do it, what book, what scene so many to choose from and… dancing!!!! I decided to go for Game of Thrones.
Overnight I again was working away on the armour, It’s time to do some decoupage out of junk mail to the chest and shoulders and I made a headdress.
Today was always going to be a bit on the slow side, sleep deprivation finally catching up with me and today was the day I tried my hand at stop motion for the first time in a few years. This item I thought was going to end up with lots of people doing cosplay so wanted something a bit different so it was time to use my feltie and crack out my creepy Cas voodoo doll.
There has been some massive downpours of rain during the hunt and this limited what I could do, so off I went to my cousins to let her use my photo box to display her egg and spent the rest of the night finishing the sword and shield for my armour. It was finally ready for the shoot!
So after a pretty decent sleep (a whopping 6 hours wooooo) it was time for a busy day to catch up on what I missed due to the weather. I zoomed over to Stirling Castle to get my shot in my armour. Being this is mid summer the castle was packed full of people with lots and lots of tourists. Getting a shot wasn’t great with busses and people taking pictures not just of the castle but of me! So I opted for a slightly quieter gate at the graveyard.
Next item on my agenda was one Roslin has been looking forward to mostly as I told her all she has to do it drink a milkshake with some tiny people as the sprinkles. She was very happy to help with this item even if they weren’t edible and she did almost drink one I think she likes this item.
Next item I got to use and old prop from a previous gish team photo. This mustache was painted green for the last use but back to black it went for a shoot with my cats. They loved this shoot as got fresh catnip from the garden as a reward but it was really helpful in getting image as I am now the owner of 50 pictures of my cats rolling around and pawing the mustache but I did get there in the end.
After a quick bite to eat I was off again this time to surprise some hikers with a fairy tea party. I love my astroturf dress!
After catching up a bit on my photo items, I spent the night nope not making armour this time I was working on an upcycled item as part of a collaboration with the team.
Today was going to be the longest day, and thanks to my Sat Nav sending my the scenic route it certainly was. I drove Roslin,and my cousin up to Oban for the next item.
When i got home from clowning about I went to visit a friend for the upcycle item.
Tonights craft was to make a 3D face, my face out of non recyclable items. I was not looking forward to this and it’s a lot more abstract than I would of liked. Oh well it’s ready for shooting tomorrow.
So it’s here my final full day of the hunt and lots to do so started off with the horrible face picture.
Since I finally had some sun and was mostly gishing from home I cave cyanotype photography a go. It wasn’t a great success but I had fun and will be trying it again soon!
Next it was time to get my felting skills out again this time I was going to make a mouse…
At this point I didn’t think I was going to be doing any more items, it was late it was dark but sadly one of our teammates couldn’t complete this item. I ended up going round my garden in the pitch black looking under pots and found this little guy. I have names him, he is Jeff now.
My final item was a simple screen capture that was submitted for a petition to Glasgow council to rename a Glassford street. Glassford was a tobacco merchant and during this time he bought and sold slaves to work on his plantations. To have a street in our diverse culture memorialising this man is horrible. if you want to sign please click here.
I also helped with some other items photo graphing Iron Man and Captain America for this item… Recreate a Civil War-era photograph with Captain America, Iron Man, and/or their respective sides using the Woodburytype photography technique. And helped get our teams virus video go viral with over 1k likes. We also raised money for children in Laos who were injured by landmines, raising money for prosthetic limbs. If you would like to donate please head over to our crowdrise page.
This has been a great hunt for my final one, and loved doing it with DEM. It’s not time though for the long wait for judging. *fingers crossed*