tony, winner of shed of the year, 2007, (photo from site too)
ok, wow! sheds, sheddies, shedites, all so fascinating and such a wide-ranging thing- from a forgotten storage space where broken or unloved objects come to rest, to a hive of eccentric activity...
so here's some initial findings- links online to help me start organising my head which is a whirlwind of a crazy place of many thoughts....
ok, some initial history of sheds first, sheds now and then article, which lists many uses of sheds;
- To store tools
- To keep garden supplies
- To make a greenhouse
- To keep pets
- To keep farm animals
- To store lawn equipment
- To serve as a root cellar
- To work on an antique car or motorcycle
- To keep your collection of [you name it]
- To store your trash
- To house whatever no longer fits in your garage
- To create a poolside cabana/bar/changing room
- To provide a playhouse for your kids
- To give yourself a private sanctuary
- To store your sports equipment
many of these match to my previous idea about dens, inventors paradise, closet.
i'm also interested in not only 'shed' as a noun but also having dual meaning- as a verb;
shedding tears, shed load of laughs, shedding light on the matter, shedding skin....and this use of shed certainly implies a transformation, something ending working with ideas about temporality...
there are certainly lots of extreme shed enthusiasts out there- sheddies or shedites they seem to be known as. in shed week 2008, starting 7th july, people compete by submitting photos of their sheds.
here is a story of The school pottery teacher who turned a fortune with garden-shed forgeries and about men and sheds, a site of isolation and a wierd article, garden sheds for women.
just a few things to start me thinking about responding to the theme of the ‘shed’ before i start considering possible responses to the site of the shed-and-a-half gallery, being on a rooftop in shoreditch...