Over the past four years Samantha and I have started and changed full-time jobs, moved houses/cities/countries, dealt with the usual tumults of personal triumphs and challenges but one thing has remained constant: we’ve been working on Dirty Laundry. Whether it has been writing the stories on trains, sourcing models for the photoshoots, chipping away at the editing, getting funding for the R&D or crowdfunding for the web-app build, huge amounts of our time and energy have been focussed on this particular project.
Sometimes a delight, often a struggle, always a joint effort: Dirty Laundry was our first major project together as two.5, and our first testing ground for how a long-scale collaboration could work between us. To read more about that journey, watch our video chat about the process , or sift the blog posts that chart it then visit our Dirty Laundry project page. To go straight to the art click below:
What started as an experimental call and response project in the blogosphere back in 2011 has morphed into a custom-designed digital artists’ book. The twelve sets of interlacing short stories and photographic triptychs are now housed as a sleek web-app for iPad that is free to download. If you’re interested in reviewing Dirty Laundry, interviewing us for your blog/zine, or anything of that ilk then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Obviously, no two-woman team is an island. Without being awarded an Artists International Development grant from ACE joint with the British Council, we would have struggled to edit the work and design the best way of sharing it from separate continents: it bought us time to work together in person. Then this time last year we launched our hugely successfully Indiegogo campaign to cover the last of the production costs: you all dug deep into your pockets to support us, as well as helping spread the word in person and via social media. Mel and Asier at ADQ Design came on board to give us the technical and design know-how we lacked to make the application happen. Thank you everyone: at the risk of being booed off the stage at the Oscars, we couldn’t have got this far without you and are very grateful for the many forms of support we’ve received.