I really enjoyed watching my guest appearance on the ‘Crafty Beggars in the House’ television show on the Community Channel during the week. I felt I came across quite well and gave a varied range of information to anyone who was interested in learning more about mosaics.
Having never done anything on the telly before I found the whole process quite fascinating. As always, I arrived much too early and was there before the crew! Nevertheless I was made to feel very welcome, was given a coffee and settled into the ‘Green Room.’ Over the next half hour the camermen and crew arrived as well as the other guests Charlotte Butcher and Karlos Pusey.
The main links were being filmed in one area so I had loads of time to set my things up in a separate room. The presenters Wendy Turner Webster and Julie Peasgood came in and explained what the format would be – general chat and they would prompt me with questions as we went along. I felt quite relaxed and at ease so I was happy to just get going and enjoy the experience. They also asked if there was anything specific I wanted to mention (the Log Cabin) and also which mosaic pieces I wanted to highlight. The camerman then came and did light and sound checks and made sure the key mosaics were in a good position to film. I was then ready for my close up – lights, camera and ACTION.
We filmed straight through and as far as I can tell from now having seen the programme, not much was edited. Once my section was done I had some photos taken with Wendy and Julie so they could go up on their website. I then packed my mosaics away and went into the other filming area to watch Wendy and Julie do some pieces to camera. It was fascinating to see the cameras, all the lights and the various monitors. After more tea and biscuits and a chat with the crew it was time for me to go and wait for my debut on the small screen.
It is now on You Tube as well so if you haven’t had a chance to see it, click here.
Have a look at their website where I appear under ‘Guests’ and I also share my mosaic ‘Top Tips’ www.craftybeggars.tv
So, enough excitement for a few weeks, it is time for me to get back and actually make some more mosaics. I haven’t anything specific in the pipeline at the moment so lets see what inspiration comes along over the next couple of days.