Collaboration. This project is produced by folk from all walks of life. Read about them here.
Born of working class roots, Jayne has worked in national mainstream publishing for over twenty years as art editor, photo-director and adventure journalist.
Tired of anthropological photo documentaries being buried in the annals of academic libraries, obscure galleries or wealthy personal collections to be unshared with the great majority of society, (especially those most often depicted within those hardback tombs of academic literature), she decided it was time to bring social study and documentation back to the people in an easy to approach format. One which would be affordable, shareable and most of all, democratised so that the project is open for all to engage with in its creation as well as distribution. The Platypus Project was born from a sleep deprived hallucination in the early hours one spring morning, on the M27. The idea to create a ruddy gre't broadsheet style publication with intelligent content, fascinating life stories and a format so large as to be impossible not to infringe on fellow passengers territory on public transport, was too good an idea to ignore. Despite the whole thing being presented by a hallucinated nodding platypus on the dashboard.
POLPERRO FISHERMAN'S CHOIR
Polperro Fishermen's Choir have since their formation in 1923 provided the very best in traditional Cornish and modern choral music. The choir has appeared on radio and television, attracts audiences from many countries wherever they perform and has forged friendships with choirs from England, Wales and elsewhere in the world. The choir’s aims and objectives are as strong as ever and a great many charities have benefited from their devotion and love of singing.
On selected Wednesday evenings throughout June, July & August the choir can be seen ‘at home’ on the fish quay in Polperro, entertaining locals and tourists alike.
When Ally moved back to her native Derbyshire in 2007 with husband Simon and young daughter Grace she was kept busy starting her own plumbing business - but was also keen to get singing again and meet some new friends.
So she launched her appeal "Wanted - women who sing!" in the Matlock Mercury and other local newspapers and with a poster campaign in and around Cromford where she lived.
The venue was hired and the date set and on a cold, wet night in November Ally, her mum, Aunty B and some friends from Phoenix, of which Ally was still a member, anxiously waited to see if anyone would turn up. And they did!
More than 80 apprehensive but enthusiastic women of all ages arrived and settled down to let Ally introduce them to the amazing world of four-part harmony singing.
By the time they left that evening they'd learning how to sing "Da Doo Ron Ron" in four-part harmony - and DaleDiva was born.
Ally believes we all have an 'inner diva' and with hard work and commitment it can be nurtured into an award-winning team performance - something she's proved as her chorus has developed and grown.
"Starting DaleDiva has been one of my highlights of my life so far. I've learnt so much from this fabulous group of women and their hard work and dedication motivates me to be the best director I can be for them.
I love the fact that I'm able to empower women with confidence and a new 'Diva' attitude. I'm so proud of the way we improve, the experiences we share and of friendships that will last a lifetime. DaleDiva is all about sharing the journey - and I don't ever want it to end."