I was asked to decorate a bat for The Art of Ping Pong 2014 by FiveFootSix, to raise funds for BBC's Children in Need.
|The bat arrived as sanded, clean wood. |
The first thing I did was to varnish it.
|I cut leaf shapes from green paper.|
|I made flaps in the leaves so when glued they would grip |
the inside of the halved ping pong balls.
|I glued the finished ping ping halves onto the collaged|
bases then stuck them to the bat.
I decided to add a little poem about what was going on in the tree.
THE BING BONG BIRDS
IN THE PING PONG TREE
THE BING BONG BIRDS IN THE PING PONG
TREE ARE WAITING FOR THE FRUIT TO RIPEN.
WHEN IT DOES,
IT DROPS TO
THE BING BONGS
TO INSPECT THE FRUIT.
IF THEY ARE SMOOTH
& ROUND THEY WILL COLLECT THEM AND
TIP TAP THEM.
PECK! PECK! GO THE BEAKS OF THE BING BONG BIRDS ON THE PING PONG FRUIT.
THE SOUND THE
ROLL IT DOWN THE HILL FOR THE GING GONGS.
THEY PREFER THE
Written & illustrated by
Part of The Art of Ping Pong 2014
© Rebecca Sutherland
And so a one off book was made to tell the story of the birds in the tree.
|The Bing Bong Birds in the Ping Pong Tree.|
|Detail of the bat.|
I used both sides so the two halves of
each ball correspond on each.
All the bats in The Art of Ping Pong 2014 will be on display at Beach London from Tuesday 4th November to Sunday 16th.
Beach London are open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.
The auction for each of the 21 bats will go live on Ebay from 4th November. I will amend this blog for dates and issue news on twitter.
To read more about The Art of Ping Pong here.
The Guardian: The Art of Ping Pong in Pictures
DesignWeek: The Art of Ping Pong - It's a Bit Batty...
The Evening Standard:
Leading artists customise ping pong bats for east London exhibition and charity auction