Many will be familiar with the thought, “I’ll just Google it”, when needing to find information or an answer to a question. Useful, no doubt about it. However, often many depressing news stories, pointless video clips and heated political debates with complete strangers later, quite some time has flown by. But on occasion, you can stumble upon a gem of a site that makes you laugh and is a complete joy. One such discovery is the marvellous SindySnap.
For just over a year, SindySnap aka Juliette Dodd, has been recording the potholes of Hastings and St Leonards and surrounding areas in a project, “The potholes are terrible down our street…”. In a playful and fun way she has drawn attention to the state of the roads (and encouraging people to report them to the council!) by using vintage Sindy, Barbie, Ken, Action Men and other action figures, cleverly posed, costumed and propped, in witty and sometimes camp and risqué scenes, around potholes in various stages of disrepair. Referencing art, films, popular culture, fashion and tv shows of the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond, the photos are humorously captioned as an added treat.
Her latest projects have included scenes for the jubilee and one earlier series, set in the multitude of potholes in and around Rye High Street titled “Mr and Mrs Crash Test Dummy visit Rye”, is shown here.
As well as her regular pothole scenes shown on her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, Juliette Dodd writes and illustrates photo stories and films using her amazing selection of action figures, clothes, props and sets from her collection. In addition, Juliette makes props and costumes to fit her scenes and creates or customises heads for the characters, as in the picture featuring punk icon and model, Jordan.
SindySnap makes an appearance in other local events, most recently the Hastings Jack in the Green festival in March and last weekend, at the launch of the Bright Foundation, a charity set up by the Academy-winning costume designer, John Bright, to provide children with the experience of creative play, the arts and theatre in the Barn Theatre and Museum. The museum displays John Bright’s antique toy collection including puppets, model theatre sets, dolls, dolls houses and furniture, toy farm animals, and model trains.
Each imaginative and creative SindySnap photo, video clip and story is a nostalgic delight, and each successfully manages to, in her words, “invoke, provoke, evoke”. Follow SindySnap on the socials, and her regular posts are guaranteed to brighten your day!
For the full SindySnap Pothole series follow https://www.instagram.com/sindydollsnap
Become a Patron for even more exclusive and fun content: https://www.patreon.com/SindySnap
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