feva house

A blank canvas for festival creativity

A NEW House sprang up on Knaresborough High Street. People are stopping in their tracks to look at the feva pink door and white sash windows of feva House, on the side of the Yorkshire Building Society. The 'trompe l'oeil' house has been created by Julie Cope, Visual Arts Director of feva (Knaresborough Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts) and various helpers. Julie said: "The seed of an idea was formed during a Knaresborough in Bloom meeting, which I attended shortly after volunteering to be Visual Arts Director for feva 2004. "The committee was looking at photos of certain areas in town which were in need of a face lift. The end wall of the Yorkshire Building Society was one of these areas, and it occurred to me that it would be a perfect wall to use as a 'blank canvas' to brighten up a boring corner." After gaining permission to go ahead, Julie and her assistants took more than two weeks to prepare, measure and mask off the pieces. "My neighbour, Ashley Burdett helped, Helen Whitehead contributed the design of the flowers and the cat on the windowsills and Ashley's daughter Victoria and her mum were responsible for the door knocker and letter box." The doors and windows were inspired by properties around Knaresborough. To add to the effect Knaresborough in Bloom provided two planted window boxes and a tree for either side of the door. Rumour has it that some people have even tried to get into the house!

30 July 2004

The dates for the 2005 feva are Friday 12th August to Sunday 21st August 2005.