Northern based fine artist Hannah Mackay, is proof that green living is not just a fashion flash in the pan. In her work she collages recycled images with inspiring effects. When she’s not holed up in the studio, Hannah is a self proclaimed festival addict, dividing her time between the smaller 'green' festivals and stewarding for Oxfam at Glastonbury.
Not content with the high admission prices and branding in most of these events, she decided to throw her own festival. Hannah takes five minutes out of her preparations, to enlighten us on The Shoe Tree Fest, which kicks off this Sunday at one in Armstrong Park, Heaton in Newcastle.
'Randomly a patch of trees in the park are covered in old shoes. A 'Shoe Tree Appreciation’ group sprung up on Facebook, so this lead to an idea of holding the Shoe Tree Fest this bank holiday. What started as a few mates in bands playing, and a BBQ, has now snowballed into a full blown festival, with hundreds of people attending, and daily updates on the local radio. We are literally holding a festival on a 'shoe string' no corporate sponsors and free entry.'
So if you happen to reside near the famous shoe tree, dig out those old plimsolls and swing by Armstrong Park in Heaton, Newcastle this Sunday. Musicians welcome.
For more info check the facebook group 'Shoe tree of Heaton Appreciation Group'.
Image 1-Cowboys, Image2- Dancers.
For more of Hannah's art work go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/hannah_mackay/
Or email the artist on firstname.lastname@example.org