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Minnie's Scrapbook - Digital Exhibits

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Three digital exhibits commissioned for the Minnie Pratt exhibition at the Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness.

Minnie's Scrapbookโ€‹

We were commissioned to produce three digital exhibits to work alongside an exhibition of rescued watercolour paintings at Barrow's Dock Museum.

This involved working alongside the Dock Museum's brilliant Collections & Exhibitions Manager Charlotte Hawley. A truly lovely person to work with. Thank you Charlotte. ๐Ÿ™

The story behind the discovery of these paintings by the Barrow art teacher and traveller Minnie Pratt is a fascinating journey - more on that here:

Painting Portal - Minnie Pratt Greenscreenโ€‹

For this exhibit we set up a live greenscreen in the gallery space allowing people to sit and watch themselves appear inside a series of Minnie's watercolours.

It uses a custom-coded piece of software to transition between pictures with a paint spreading effect, while at the same time zooming the onlooker to different perches that work within each scene.

Mini Minnie - Minnie Pratt Pepper's Ghost Cabinetโ€‹

On top of a beautiful old school desk we represented Minnie's time as a teacher using a Pepper's Ghost effect to show Minnie walking around a doll- sized classroom and turning on the radio to play a recording from one of Minnie's pupils recalling what Minnie was like as a teacher. Pretty strict by all accounts!

Self-Drawing Blackboard - Minnie Pratt Blackboard Projectionโ€‹

Minnie's father Robert Pratt was also an art teacher and wrote a book exploring the mathematics behind perspective, shadows and reflections.

To represent Robert's book we projected an animation on an antique blackboard from the museum's collection. The looped animation sketches a diagram from the book as if it's being chalked and then erased from the blackboard.

BBC North West Tonight on Minnie's Scrapbookโ€‹

We were kindly invited to the opening night celebrations with Gary Johnston - the person responsible for finding Minnie's scrapbook and piecing the whole fascinating story together. BBC North West Tonight covered the event...

Photo of me and Jennie on opening nightโ€‹

Jennie and me on "vital electronics testing" just before the opening event!