< Back

cowpatina1Changing Perceptions is a social enterprise with a BIG heart operated by the Meath Epilepsy Charity in Godalming High Street. Fronted by a specialist Tea Shop offering scrumptious cakes from Café Meath, the operations team in the backroom upcycling and re-purposing workshop take donated items of furniture and turn them into beautiful painted pieces to be purchased and loved, all over again.

The enterprise is a totally joint venture between people affected by severe epilepsy and disabilities, staff and volunteers, all working together with a sustainable, eco-friendly and very inclusive outcome in mind.

Changing Perceptions was over the moon to be asked if they could help with the design of a certain VIP entrant in the Surrey Cow Parade…. and so the ideas were formulated and everyone looked forward to taking delivery of their very own blank canvas.

cowpatina2‘Cow Patina’ has been created by the team at Changing Perceptions and is based on the lost plundered treasure from Queen Patina’s tomb. The team headed by Julia Osborne, worked tirelessly into the wee hours to prime, paint, gild, sand, and varnish. – and then they started work on the Cow.   Their techniques were developed in their state of the art furniture up-cycling workshop in the High Street.   The chalk paint used, in the Meath Epilepsy Charity’s corporate colours, provided a perfect compliment to the delicate copper leaf gilding.

Their particular distressed-look design relied heavily on ancient blueprints, rudimentary hieroglyphs and an old copy of Farmer’s Weekly.  At the end of the three week’s work she looked like she had just been dug out of the ground after 400 years.    

In time, Patina’s Cow was duly renamed Cow Patina – to be less possessive and provide better re-tweeting opportunities.   People came from far and wide to see the painstaking progress… many more came for the delicious cakes in the CP café.   

Cow Patina will now be going on a summer tour of Surrey to allow the public to see her in her fully restored finery, before being auctioned off to the nicest home money can buy.