Last week saw the release of Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton – a hardback collection of Noel Fielding’s artwork, compiled by Noel & Dave Brown.
To promote the release, Saturday saw the duo whisked up to Edinburgh for another signing event – this time at Urban Outfitters.
With a live painting session promised, friend of TVO and comedy guru Ellie Blow was there to witness all. Here is her exclusive report with pictures galore!
It’s a rare sunny morning in Edinburgh, and three hundred excited people are queuing outside Urban Outfitters. Either there’s a hell of a sale on, or Noel Fielding and Dave Brown are here to do some painting…
There are boxes of paints piled up in the shop window, which has been cleared to be the site of their artwork. Outside, the luckiest – earliest – few are standing directly outside the window the boys will be painting, whilst everyone else crowds in as much as possible and the people at the back bemoan their fate.
Suddenly, a huge cheer alerts us to the fact that things are happening; Noel appears somewhat unexpectedly from the floor below, wearing a bright yellow jumpsuit – “I feel like a Teletubby,” he jokes – and loaded down with supplies (er, Haribo). He’s followed by Dave, in far more sensible dress. Paints are mixed, brand-new paintbrushes are opened, and Noel makes a joke about the pressure of beginning something new before splodging a blob of green paint onto the window. And we’re off.
It takes them a full hour to finish the painting, which fills up the entire window (“It’s harder to paint on glass than I thought!” says Noel). Whilst he does the majority of the painting, Dave dashes from place to place in a whirlwind of energy, climbing a ladder to paint the top of the window one minute, posing for pictures with the fans who managed to get a place inside the shop the next, running outside to hand out Haribo to all and sundry, and sadly managing to accidentally avoid our camera!
Once finished, there’s barely a moment to spare as they head straight up to the signing table and spend the next couple of hours signing books and chatting to people, until, exhausted, the queue finally tails off somewhere in the late afternoon. It’s been a crazy day, but to go back to Noel’s Teletubby-like dress, we have only one thing to say: “Again! Again!”
The painting will be up in Urban Outfitters’ window for the next week or so – so if you’re anywhere near Edinburgh pop down to Princes Street and have a look whilst you can!