Starring, in order of appearance...
Je and Maria with Karen and Nina from Somewhere
The making of The Floating Cinema.
The boat on its way to have its hull painted
Emma Underhill and Laura Harford of UP Projects : The Curators
UP Projects initiated the project and brought us and Somewhere together.
Boat out for a projection test (photo Nina Pope)
Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope of Somewhere : The Artists
Karen and Nina found Cole (the boat) and programmed the Floating Cinema. Here they are testing projecting from the boat while it’s on the move.
'Cole' as she was before we started cinemising her
Annie Myers and Hazel Saunders : The Boat Owners
The Floating Cinema is actually a boat originally named ‘Cole’ owned by Annie Myers and Hazel Saunders. Originally built as a British Waterways workboat Annie and Hazel bought Cole in Stockton, Warwickshire and sailed her down to London, ‘camping’ on board. Work had already begun on adapting the boat for community trips when Somewhere first saw it early in 2011.
Annie and Hazel (left) with Nina and Laura (right)
Fortunately they met Annie and Hazel just at the point that the boat shell could still be adapted to make the on-board cinema.
Will at his onboard mission control
Will Austin : The Boat Whisperer
Houseboat owner Will has carried out extensive refurbishment works both clearly visible (painting the boat bright turquoise!) and invisible.
Will and Cole nearly done
In installing a bathroom and doing up the kitchen, Will has made the boat habitable; in being there to lend a hand with the installation of every component, he’s helped the whole thing come together; in installing the electrics and audio visuals, he’s turned the boat into a working cinema; and in singing suitably cheesy songs (eg ‘The Final Curtain’ when the curtains were going up) he’s kept us laughing.
Laura taking a pic of Jill (left) with a test print of her pattern
Jill Tytherleigh : The ‘Puff’ Pattern Designer and Illustrator
Illustrator Jill created a fantastic love child of art deco, roses and castles, and the East London waterways.
Je holding up the test print
Jill’s work is used on the Puff as well as on printed info, the website and in the sign.
Je with Peter (top) at his workshop
Peter Scully and friends at AB3 Workshops : The Steel ‘Treacle Tart’ Fabricators
AB3 Workshops fabricated the Puff’s structure in their fantastic Hackney Wick workshops.
The Treacle Tart at AB3 Workshops
The structure resembles a treacle tart and is made from welded steel tubing.
The Treacle Tart being installed
The installation was quite exciting as the steelwork had to be lifted onboard by hand from the tow path.
Welding the Treacle Tart into place
It was welded directly to the gunnel making for a neat detail.
Jeckells' amazing workshop
Everyone at Jeckells The Sailmakers : The not-a-sail ‘Puff’ Makers
The Puff was made from sail fabric by Norfolk-based sailmakers, Jeckells.
They used their sailmaking skills to create a rather un-sail-like quilted item...
Puff being installed
...that fits snugly over the Treacle Tart.
Puff being installed
Jill’s pattern was silk screen printed in the Floating Cinema’s signature bright turquoise onto silver sail fabric.
Simon with his prototype flip-up seats
Simon Jones : The Furniture Maker
Simon made twelve flip up seats for the cinema.
Simon's Prototype Seat
They’re made from reclaimed oak tables.
Annie and a reclaimed oak tabletop
Responding to the tight, narrow space of the boat, the seats face diagonally inwards...
Je and Jane testing out the prototype seats
...offering legroom at the same time as angling cinema-goers towards the screen.
Georgia and Jane offering up the test curtain
Georgia Bosson : The Curtain and Upholstery Creator
Textile designer Georgia has created a fantastic smocked curtain that blacks out light in the cinema.
The use of smocking creates a fabric that can fold up neatly and create texture alluding to the opulence of cinema interiors while being space-conscious in this tight space.
Georgia's cats enjoying the curtain
Solly Vaughan painting the sign (photo Nina Pope)
Solly Vaughan and Peter Hardwicke : The Sign Painters
The final touch was a traditionally painted version of Jill’s design.
Jane, Je, Jill and Georgia at Bow Locks where the boat was transformed