Shrapnel (@shrapnel.norwich) is an art dispensing machine based in Norwich, made from a repurposed carnival sweet machine, allowing local artists to sell their art for just £1. With few limitations on the art in the machine, other than size, the machine allows a wide range of creatives to advertise their art to the public. The tub-dispensing machine will travel around Norwich in various local stores and events, allowing the discovery of local artists, musicians and creators at an accessible price. The machine consists of nine columns each, allowing artists to dispense their art at a time.
The idea for the project came from local artists Elena and Miles, and the machine was brought together and organised alongside Dom Temple and me. The tub-dispensing machine made its debut in March at Elm on Lower Goat Lane, where it stayed for the first month, dispensing an assortment of stickers, badges and 3D printed models. The machine has since moved the record store to Lowell, launching on record store day, coinciding with the Bbytones launch event. The machine will remain here for around a month then travel to the Euphrasie (Norwich’s new art collective) showcase on the 30th of April. All artists are welcome to get involved with the project, and only need to get in touch with the Shrapnel team on Instagram.
Sam (@sagepixels) – Sam has 3D printed model armaments, each mini printed weapon comes with their own lore, from a printed ancient bow to a 3D tarnished skull.
Elena (@e.lame.a) – Elena has handmade beaded necklaces and earrings, using semi-precious charms, with plastic and glass beads.
Morwenna (@morwennafarrel_illustrations) – Morwenna has screen printed her “Cowgirl Babe” illustration named “Picky Nicky” onto a heart shaped guitar plectrum.
Alice (@alicewisbeystudio) – Alice is an NUA graduate, specialising in punch needle rugs and accessories, and has filled the tubs with a desk buddy made from recycled paper, as well as a discount code for her Etsy shop.
Alice (@al1cewest) – Alice is a Norwich and Bristol based illustrator who has filled her tub with handmade abstract earrings and a small flower illustration.
Louise (@louisealexander.art) – Louise is an NUA illustration student and has filled her tub with stickers of her illustrations “Funky stickers”, including tarot card and clown illustrations.
Ella (@marmaladlee) – Ella is an NUA illustration student who has created frog themed mini prints, with each tub containing two illustrated stickers and a print.
Asia (@taviisii) – Asia is a NUA student, supplying the machine with handmade earrings and keyrings inspired by marine animals.
Sally (@sally_jones_art) – Sally is a fantasy illustrator focusing on lino printing and pen, and has created a series of hand printed bookmarks, each inspired by a different Celtic animal named Celtic Critters.