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Saturday, 10 September 2011

Looking A Gift Horse In The (Proverbial) Jamboree Bag...



People have been asking how they can get their mitts on the 'Willis Jamboree Bag No.1' - it's distribution takes one of two forms.

Either;

Distribution Agent (ie: Me, dragging stock of said 'WJB No.1's' into carefully selected establishments targeted as potentially sympathetic locations for such cottage industry ventures such as this): Hello! Could you tell me who's responsible for the bookshop/cafe/store/tattoo parlour...?
Them: Who's responsible?
Me: Sorry, who's in charge of it?
Them: Who's in charge of it?
Me: Yes, who decides what goes in it?
Them: (Frowning) Who decides what goes in it? (Thankfully even he begins to tire of this 'Call and Response' exercise before one of us drops dead) Hmm, well I guess that would be (insert random, mumbled name here) - you could email them. Why? What is it regarding? (Heartily frowning now).
Me: (Realising I'm being met with what I like to refer to as a 'Head Of Security Response' I begin to explain) I'm a musician and I have collaborated with an art director friend of mine (http://www.antar.cc/) on a piece of design to give away. It's a Jamboree Bag.
Them: (Silence)
Me: It's not for sale. It's free. It's to give away.
Them: (Still silent, though the eyes betray a mind clearly thinking on it's feet now)
Me: Can I leave some here for your customers?
Them: Not really, I mean, we don't usually do that sort of thing, take that sort of thing (subtext: give a toss about that sort of thing).
Me: Really? Oh.
Them: No. The manager/owner wouldn't like it. I mean, we like to try and support artists but...
Me: Can I just show you some? See? They're really rather lovely and, as I said, it's a free piece of design for people to take home and keep.
Them: Yes, exactly - firstly there's nowhere for them to go...
Me: What about over there on that shelf?
Them: ...no, and secondly we couldn't have you just leaving free 'stuff' here.
Me: Really? Why not?
Them: Because then everyone would assume that they could help themselves to other things in the shop without paying for it.
Me: (Silence)
Them: (Silent. And victorious)
Me: Ok. Thank you. Goodbye.

Or;

Me: Hello! I'm a musician and I have collaborated with an art director friend of mine on a piece of design to give away. It's not for sale. It's free. It's to give away. Can I leave some here for your customers?
Them: Oh, thank you, they're lovely that's so kind, thanks for bringing them in, would you like a cup of tea...?!

If your establishment would like to stock a few of the 'Willis Jamboree Bags No.1' then drop me a line (outside London especially). In the meantime, it's available now at (amongst others):
http://labourandwait.co.uk/
http://idler.co.uk/academy/
http://www.donlonbooks.co.uk/
http://www.kristinarecords.com/
http://www.closeupfilmcentre.com/
http://www.clerkenwellmusic.co.uk/
http://www.roughtrade.com/site/about.lasso
http://www.dukeofuke.co.uk/
http://www.folkclothing.com/women/lambs-conduit-women
http://www.clerkenwell-tales.co.uk/wordpress/
http://www.thefamilybusinesstattoo.com/
http://toolslondon.wordpress.com/
http://www.artwords.co.uk/aboutus/
http://www.cubecompany.com/
http://www.whitesofwhitecross.com/ 

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