THE WALL… it’s finished!

So once again thanks to all who have contributed – I’ve had lots of fun doing this. I got to: sit outside in the fresh air and sunshine, made friends with the builder next door, gotten to know my neighbours a bit better, had friendly chats with the postie, learnt how to mix cement and do mortaring… I recommend it! Now, what else can I cement up…..?

PHASE 3 – begun!

Today I’ve added the first items to THE WALL.  A long way to go, but a start nonetheless.  Now we’ll see how much falls off it when it dries, I suppose…  I’ve yet to put some kind of finish across the top to prevent water and cracking, but I’ll do that at the end.

Here’s the chalk sketch I’m using from my rough plan to follow some shapes:

Mixing today’s first batch of cement:

Putting the first items into THE WALL:

Cementing – I’m getting better at smooth surfaces now:

The first batch mosaic-ed:

Today’s batch finished, including items from Mum, Nan-nan, Jim Connolly, Jamie & Caroline, Nancy & Joe, Grant and Little Tassles… more to come!

Films watched lately…

TELL NO ONE (TV, Guillaume Canet, 2006)

Enjoyed this engaging murder-mystery, mistaken identity/crime drama about a man wrongly accused of killing his wife.


Hilariously bad ’80s fashion – although the use of colour and dress is used for character/plot purpose.  Don’t see the attraction to floppy-haired French Hugh-Grant-alike myself, though.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4: On Stranger Tides (Cinema, Rob Marshall, 2011)

Yawn.  Too long, too much fighting, not enough plot.

OUTPOST (DVD, Steve Barker, 2008)

Can’t beat a bit of low-budget Nazi horror.

HEARTBEATS (Cinema, Xavier Dolan, 2010)

Very interesting French-Canadian film, somewhere between Gregg Araki and Jean-Luc Godard. Love triangle but focussing on changing friendship between young gay man (played by Dolan himself) and his vintage-clothing obsessed female friend.  I think she should have stuck with the vintage clothing to the end, though!

WINTER’S BONE (DVD, Debra Granik, 2010)

Great!  Grim, gripping, nicely paced and well acted etc.  Could watch this a number of times over I think.

PRIMAL (DVD, Josh Reed, 2010)

Fantastic fun from this Australian horror flick.  Exactly what you want from a teens-in-the-woods horror romp, more modern horror should be like this – follow the best old formats but still feel inventive and new.

PROWL (DVD, Patrik Syversen, 2010)

Antithesis of the above.  Boring, despite being about feeding teenagers to vampires.

X MEN: FIRST CLASS (Cinema, Matthew Vaughn, 2011)

Fun.  Not amazing, but enjoyable superhero guff, lots of fun if you don’t go expecting much.  Nb. for some proper serious acting, see Charles Xavier below…  (watching grown men acting mind control is suprisingly hilarious if you think about what they’re actually doing in front of a cemra crew, and managing to keep a straight face!).

DOGTOOTH (TV, Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009)

Extremely unsettling film about a couple keeping their 3 teenage children isolated from society (to the extent of not telling them what a telephone is, and that cats are creatures that will attack and kill them if the venture outside their garden etc.).  Combine this with coming-of-age sexual exploration and you’re left with quite an odd feeling you can’t quite define.  I think this film will haunt me for some time to come.

ANGELS OF EVIL (Cinema, Michele Placido, 2010)

Enjoyable crime romp – bio-pic of Renato Vallanzasca.  Perhaps a bit too long, or tries to cram in too much, so feels a little ‘bitty’ or confused in parts, but the central actors are engaging and includes some moments of genuine brutality/nastiness which give the film an edge.

Feed Me Seymour! Stuff for THE WALL…

I’ve started to collate what I have so far for THE WALL as, weather permitting, I’ll be starting to put stuff on it this time next week! I’ve also done a rough plan to give me an idea of where to start re: patterns etc. rather than just completely making it up as I go along…

THANKS so much to my mum for giving me tons of mosiac tiles, some jewellery and a few brooches that belonged to my Nan (one of which I’m keeping to wear!). And to Jim C., and others I know that are planning to send stuff – the sooner the better if possible, please!

THE WALL – Phase 2 complete

First base layer is done!  That means I can begin putting layer 2 and the mosaic pattern stuff into it in about a week’s time!  Get sending stuff to me, people!

Note how, the further left the cement, the smoother the finish is – as I finally started to figure out how to do it properly towards the end 😀

Be a part of THE WALL!

Thanks to a kind anonymous donor (most likely my neighbour) leaving a bag of mosiac tiles on my doorstep, I’ve had an idea – would YOU like to be a part of THE WALL?

I’m thinking it would be jolly splendid if a bunch of people I know would like to send me some small item to be immortalised in THE WALL, once I get to the cementing-items-in-stage!  I’ve got some items already, ‘objets trouvé’, bits and pieces, old tiles, and my mum is giving me a whole heap of mosiac stuff and some special pieces – but it’d be wonderful to have other special things from other people I know too!

Ideally, then item should be smallish – maybe a keyring, badge, plastic toy, shell, piece of pottery, jewellery – anything that will withstand all weathers.  And the more kitschy/vintage/cool/odd etc. , the better!  I’ll probably start the mosaic-ing in July/August, so if you’d like something included, the sooner you can get it to me the better.

EIther drop something through my letterbox with a note addressed to THE WALL c/o Missy Tassles, or message/email me for my address to post something along – and of course, items sent will be included in THE WALL photoblog right here, so you’ll see what happens to it…

THE WALL – Phase 2

Today I did my first cementing… ever.  I enjoyed an inordinate amount, and also the camaraderie with my fellow boiler-suited worker who has been busying himself today with scraping the flaky paint off the outside of next door’s house.

We’ve had intermittent showers, which almost rained off play once or twice, but I persisted as long as there was cement left to, well, cement.  Worked for about 5 hours today, mixed up about 4 batches and filled all the major holes and re-pointed the end of the wall.

Phase 2

Not pretty, but just aiming for a rough surface all on one ‘level’ without any giant holes at this stage.