An Event For All Ages
The second Saturday of September in 2015 will be remembered as the day street art swept through the heart of Chipping Norton to signal the end of summer.
Families flocked to Middle Row to witness Chippy sketch artist and event host Denise Mansbridge kick off the #Superdoodle event by chalking up a celebration of the town’s entry in the national #GBHighSt Awards.
Children filled the lane and cheerfully plied the pavement with all manner of motifs as the sun shone to mark the event, which is set to become a regular on the Chipping Norton calendar.
ECN-inspired Town Event
It was the brainchild of Experience Chipping Norton (ECN) steering group member Shaun Fagan, who invited Denise to showcase her talents in a very public way.
Denise, an active member of ECN and relative newcomer to Chipping Norton, said she couldn’t resist the chance to create a fun art event for folk in her adopted home town.
“The sheer enthusiasm from ECN team members, in addition to my passion for easy, carefree art – accessible to all – made me extra excited to be a part of the event,” she said.
Denise also created a black and white ‘digital doodle’ to mark ECN’s entry in the market town category of the national #GBHighSt Awards, which supports the regeneration and revitalisation of high streets around the UK. The doodle is featured on every page of the ECN website for the duration of judging for the awards.
At the event and on its Facebook Page, ECN encouraged children to get involved by colouring-in the doodle as part of the fun.
“The way team members worked to promote #Superdoodle in such a short time was truly amazing. Team spirit is visibly strong within ECN. We all pulled together with only one week before #Superdoodle Day and did our best to spread the word,” Denise said.
Traders, too, joined in the spirit of the day, giving away sweets and treats to the children who turned up to #Superdoodle to have some fun.
“Can’t believe how many free sweets I gave out! The peeps need to come back and buy some milkshakes to keep me in business .. it’s so quiet today,” Julia Cook, the owner of Middle Row children’s fashion shop Tickittyboo, joked after the event.
“The Tickittyshake and Tickittyboo team really enjoyed the atmosphere of the day and wished some of the chalk art could be permanent on Middle Row as it brightens up the street! Also loved the fact there were no cars and the street was pedestrianised so children could skate down Middle Row after everyone had gone home,” she said.
Denise’s can-do attitude and desire to get involved in local events ensured #Superdoodle was a success.
“The turn-out was excellent and exceeded our expectations,” the owner of By Denise said.
“My favourites were the hugely popular Super Mario, the realistic horse bust, the shark, the unicorn, the giant milkshake and the resourceful kids who lay on the floor and drew around themselves.”
#Superdoodle Will Be Back
And #Superdoodle is set for a comeback next summer.
“With such a great turn out this year for our first ever #SuperDoodle, I’m sure it won’t be our last,” Denise said.
We’ve compiled a selection of photos that were taken to mark the day.