The Art of Spin Painting at Camp Bestival

A few weeks ago we braved the six jour car journey down to Lulworth Castle, in Dorset, for Camp Bestival.

A must for any fun loving family, this friendly little festival was an absolute treat for my boy and me and our little sons loved it too.

So many things to see and do — the whole weekend was full of fun and loveliness (have a look at our little movie in case you missed it) — but one of my very favourite things, that I wanted to share with you, began with a little sign that simply said:

‘Make Your Own Spin Painting £20’

Attached to the walls of the modest little ‘Colour Makes People Happy’ tent was a washing line hung with the most fabulous pieces of art.

So many colours — each artwork slightly different to the last — blowing gently in the breeze. Such a sight for sore eyes.

Spin Painting
Make your own spin painting for £20? Yes please!

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The Art of Spin Painting

I studied art at university so anything vaguely creative always floats my boat and this was no exception — plus I’ve seen spin paintings before.

I went to a Damien Hirst exhibition years ago and that was the first time I’d come across this method of creating art. Seeing spin paintings being made right in front of my eyes is something I’ve never seen before though and I was totally and utterly transfixed.

Paper is laid on a turntable which begins to rotate. Once it’s reached the correct speed, paint can be poured onto the paper. It’s absolutely mesmerising to watch.

It sounds simple but the results are fabulous. Unique and intricate patterns — in a glorious mix of colour — that you’d struggle to replicate.

I’ve created a little film, so you can see for yourself.

Well worth twenty quid for a fabulous, one off piece of art, I think. Particularly when it would serve to act as a lasting memory of such a fabulous weekend.

Colour Makes People Happy

Colour Makes People Happy is the brainchild of Simon March.

He has a fabulous paint store in Dulwich — allegedly the longest shop in South London — which offers not just paint but a cornucopia of other lovely things, including coffee and waffles (just in case you were feeling a bit peckish).

The best thing is, he holds painting parties — just in case you can’t wait until next year’s Camp Bestival!!

That said, I hope he will be there at next year’s Camp Bestival — I’ll be first in the queue :)

Spin Painting
A fabulous ‘spin painting’ at Camp Bestival 2015
Caro Davies editor of The Listed Home
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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.

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