Notes to Strangers : Browns, Shoreditch

I see these notes around London on my daily commute and follow @notestostrangers on instagram, so when I saw that Browns, East were collaborating with street artist Andy Leek, I thought i'd check it out!

It was a beautiful, fun and happy installation in the entrance-way to this cool designer store. I love the messages and felt fully cheered up and spurred on by the sentiments!

Street Art : Valencia

I visited Valencia with Natasha from @ishootstreetart  in June which was a perfect weekend getaway. Valencia is pure goodness! Its historic old town is slowly being regenerated, but not so fast that the crumbling and decaying buildings and plots have disappeared... instead you have this beautiful contrast of ancient buildings some which have been restored sitting quite comfortably in between graffiti covered walls and buildings. There seems to be a real celebration of street art and its artists as you travel through the narrow streets. For me this is a great weekend destination, amazing spanish food and drink, history, architecture and artwork everywhere! 

Here is a snap shot of what we saw - enjoy!

 

 

Women March on London

Saturday 21st January 2017

On Trump's first day of presidency women all around the world marched in protest against him.

London came out in full force and with it some great banners with various protest messages. I went with some friends and made a banner which spoke of my views about trump as a racist and sexist. A protest is just that - an opportunity to say your piece and to represent. The march was positive and brought a sense of unity to us women, we are not and never will be aligned on all our views, but surely it's a positive step in the right direction to stand together and speak your mind.

This is a collection of some of the banners from the day that caught my eye.

HATCH : Talawa Theatre Company

This summer I was introduced to the amazing team at Talawa theatre to help with promotions for their TYPT:16 production of HATCH.

This was a very different design brief! Our first meeting was an open ideas session where everyone who was to be involved in the production met for the first time to develop an idea for the production. No name, concept or script existed at this stage, all ideas were welcome. Such a refreshing way of starting a project! It was an invigorating and lively meeting which left me quite excited as to what I could produce for the graphics.

I gave lots of graphical options for the theme, but the directors were drawn to the more photographic routes which required some quick thinking. I was obsessed by doorways and hatches and everywhere I looked could see some kind of hidden entrance or exit along my daily travels. In the end I found the perfect 'hatch' in Brixton. An old doorway off the high street which genuinely looked as if it was some kind of barrier to a hidden life behind its locked doors.

The other amazing thing that happened was that I got to work with the props team in creating some props for the show. I've always wondered who and how sets are created and this was my first opportunity to get involved. I had a brilliant few days at Talawa painting protest banners, making a police shield and a few other small items. 

The best thing about this whole experience was seeing that after having left the corporate design world there are so many opportunities out there working for other creative people and that my skills and knowledge are easy transferrable! Good stuff. 

Thank you Talawa for the opportunity to work with such vibrant and creative people!

 

Some links about Hatch and Talawa:

View the Hatch website: https://talawablog.wordpress.com/typt16/?p=typt

View a trailer for Hatch: https://youtu.be/7kYJdXsrCps

http://whatsonafrica.org/5-things-loved-hatch/

Brixton Design Trail - Countdown

For as long as it has been going - I've always enjoyed London Design Week. A great opportunity to get out from the office and hit the streets to see what cool design agencies put out as part of the festival. Having been based in Shoreditch for a number of years, the Clerkenwell design festival and Truman Brewery have been the spots to check out. But this year Brixton is in the mix! 

Big up Brixton! We are now on the design festival map... created by myself of course lol! 

I've been fortunate to work alongside Brixton Design trail and Rocketship Digital on a few items for Brixton Design Trail and I'm very excited to see the map published in the Brixton Bugle.

Visit the website for more information: www.brixtondesigntrail.com

Download the map here

Art Class Update : Week 5 - Printmaking

Linocut Printmaking

Oh what fun. I remember linocut printing from school art classes. Loved it then and I do now again! Such instant satisfaction of seeing a mark you've made appear boldly on a crisp white sheet of paper rolling through the old fashioned big wheel press.

I decided this week to explore another of my regular doodles - circles and triangles. I love the relationship between the shapes as they cross over and create new forms. I think the linocut is a great way to explore these geometric shapes using a quite free handed process.

Weekly Art Fix : Making & Unmaking

This week's art fix comes from the Camden Arts Centre on Finchley Road. Inside this Victorian fronted building which doesn't look like much from the outside is a modern and bright space which was refurbished in 2004 by Tony Fretton Architects. The light modern airy space inside contrasts with the smoggy Finchley Road outside. It has a lovely garden space, cafe and bookshop and is free to visit! 

Making & Unmaking is a curated exhibition by the designer Duro Olowu. It features over 60 different artists who have all been selected by Olowu. Art, design, photography, jewellery, sculptures, fabrics and ceramics are all exhibited in an inspiring and colourful display which feels like a beautiful slice of inspiration from Olowu himself.

I found the exhibition really inspiring and it made me think of the inspiration that I have here in my family home. We were not allowed to take photographs as a number of the artworks are from private collections so I have taken some pictures of artwork around my family home which reflects some of the themes seen in the exhibition. Photos above are from the Camden Arts Centre website. Photo credit: Mark Blower.

Lisa from #blackbritishart advised me that I need to 'just do you' so thanks for the great art fix this week! 

Time Out Bar Awards : Matugga Rum

Coming home from 4 months of travel to receive an invitation to the Time Out Bar Awards was a nice touch! It is really encouraging and satisfying seeing designs you have personally developed from the start being served in top London locations. 

Matugga Rum was created just over a year ago by good friends Jacine and Paul Rutasikwa. Working together with Errol Donald we created a brand to reflect the British rum with an African soul.

Photo credit www.davidtett.com/timeoutbarawards2016

Photo credit www.davidtett.com/timeoutbarawards2016

The awards were held at the awesome Rumpus Room at the Mondrian, London. I absolutely love the interior of the space and the roof top views are great.

www.matuggarum.com