When it came to modelling which objects would be selected for our transformed Atrium and where they would be displayed, it soon became clear that neither glue or tape or tack would work.
We needed to move objects and stories around to demonstrate groupings and connections; try out new ideas and look at different options for interpreting our collections; to see what would fit. We needed something that would enable us to layout the cut-outs of the Atrium collections onto the architect’s floor plans. The cut-outs had to be easily adjustable but also hold their positions as they were taken from office to architects, from home to designers. The conventional methods of holding the objects in place were either too sticky or not sticky enough. It felt like Goldilocks all over again, but where was baby bear when you needed him? The final straw was losing the Atom bomb under my sofa due to a lack of effective adhesive.
I can’t remember who first mentioned Fuzzy Felt: it was the obvious solution but with nothing in the shops it had to be re-invented for this project. I chose a radiant red felt and marked out the architectural and structural elements. All the objects were redrawn to a new scale, cut out and fitted with Velcro sticking strip. Now the project had an effective working tool to help us with new discussions to illustrate the stories. And now, whether it was in a quiet chat or a presentation to the trustees, it was hard not to be cheered by this Luddite but engaging technology. In fact, it was just right.
Alas, their day is done : the leftover scraps of felt were cut into Christmas trees and then distributed to the project team, with rejected objects as presents. Farewell.