Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Merseyside Recovery Awards

Earlier this year, we received an email from The Brink. A dry bar in Liverpool who we have worked with on many occasions. The Brink do amazing things for recovery in Liverpool and we adore working with them. We have dressed the venue a number of times before and love the quirky features and industrial theme throughout. Two particular highlights were dressing it for the visit of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and for The Recovery Awards in 2012.

We were over the moon when an email arrived from Jen, asking if we could come in and style the 2014 Recovery Awards too.

The Recovery Awards are organised by The Brink and Action on Addiction. Merseyside has previously been known for its drinking and drug culture, poor health, and unemployment. Over recent years there has been a massive change in the way in which drug and alcohol problems are addressed, and this has led to a recovery revolution in the area. The Merseyside Recovery Awards are a way to recognise and to honour the people of Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley and Sefton who have made this happen.

We absolutely jumped at the chance to get involved again and set to work creating a mood board. Brink wanted to incorporate colours from The Recovery Awards logo and wanted something that would tie in with the industrial surroundings. We knew straight away that geometrics (our latest obsession) would be perfect for the event and set to work creating a mood board for the team at The Brink to look over.

They loved the ideas we came up with so off we set creating a LOT of geometric shapes. We had every shape being hand cut, folded, constructed and wired you can imagine just how long it took creating hundreds of them. Luckily we had some help in the form of Hayley. Hayley is super creative and always on hand to come in and assist us if we need the extra hands. You may remember her from her 21st Birthday. We styled it last year and the blog all about it is our most popular on the blog!

Once we had created the hundreds of shapes, in lovely shades of purple, grey, blue and added glitter we head over to The Brink and set up in time for the event. However... when we arrived we were presented with a familiar problem. Only being 5ft4... even up a ladder we still couldn't reach some of the high areas of the venue. One phone call later and help arrived in the form of over 6ft Jared of Design Juices, Hayley's brother.

Jared was over the moon to become a Strange Case assistant for the day ;) 

We created 10 segments of smaller hanging geometric shapes and hung them around the outside of the venue.  They were all suspended at different heights with fishing wire to give an illusion of floating.

With the event also including a meal, we wanted to include some form of table centrepiece. We thought a great way to do this would be to suspend giant clusters of geometrics above each main table. The upside down hanging flowers were perfect to hang from. When the glitter caught the light and flashed light across the room, it looked fantastic

We absolutely adored working on this project. Anything that involves glitter is always a winner for us and if we get to embrace our love of geometric shapes then we are doubly happy. Huge thank you to Robin Clewley Photography for sending us over some photos of the event. We adore Robin's work, so were over the moon to find out he was photographing the event.

If you would like to hire us to style an event you have coming up, drop us an email! Especially if it involves geometric shapes. We love them!

Photography by Robin Clewley Photography

Photography by Robin Clewley Photography
Photography by Robin Clewley Photography
Photography by Robin Clewley Photography
Photography by Robin Clewley Photography
Photography by Robin Clewley Photography

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