Monday, 16 June 2014

E17 Art Trail - A few of my favourite things...

Last Sunday I took a trip around the wonderful E17 Art Trail & I have again this Sunday on the last day. Why? Because I missed some (there are over 160),  I have to go back to pick up a purchase & I want to show my friend the wonders of what us locals call 'Awesomestow'.  

All signs point to art! 

As there are so many things to see I shall only be able to mention the places I have been to & feel it would be churlish to keep to myself. Firstly I must thank everyone & every venue I have been to so far for your warm welcomes. 

Armed with our trusty map we headed into the village via the St. Mary's Parish Church where the grounds are alive with the recycled rustlings of creatures made by the pupils of Whitefield School & Centre. My favourite has to be the fox though - always a weakness of mine they are such handsome fellows!

After a look inside we ventured into the village to see the offerings at Queenie & Ted whose up-cycled clothes are embellished & adorned with fantastic designs. However, hanging from the ceiling were some more lovely clothes, t-shirts by children provided by Little Mashers. There were so many good ones I can hardly pick one so here are a few.

I do too!
Say no more...
 Tell it like it is
 Ooh er, wait till he's a teenager, lookout world!
 So you are, fantastic design.
 Put an owl on it, fab!
 Join the gaps & voila! 

I couldn't pick a favourite, they were all so good. I definitely think they need to make these designs to sell, I really would love some grown up sizes to wear myself - particularly the cat & Kevin & Dave the hamsters a brilliant!

Then into the village to see the work on show at the Deli Cafe, what a great selection they had, much of which had already sold. 

 Part of the display in the Deli Cafe
 This was my favourite (apologies fro squiffy angle I 
was trying not to disturb the diners at their table.)

Hayley Holliday's lovely drawings of Strangers on a Train are as varied as the passengers. There are many more on her Etsy site, see the link above to purchase.
 Little Boy Rabbit
©Eileen Kai Hing Kwan
Pencil on Paper

Blueberry, Raspberry & Cranberry Macaron 
©Eileen Kai Hing Kwan
Pencil on Paper

Donut Twist
©Eileen Kai Hing Kwan
Pencil on Paper

The charming pencil drawings by Eileen Kai Hing Kwan I liked were sold, but her online shop is coming soon, can't wait!

 Dr Knit in the flesh with his creations

Then the annual visit to Dr Knit, who creates fantastical knitted creatures (all with their own back stories) displayed on shelves, sideboards & inside bell jars. 

 Twisted tentacles

The narwhal was a particular favourite as both myself & Mat (a great blogger too see it here) love them - extraordinary mammals everyone should know about. 

We strolled down Beulah Road & to the fab shop Blackduke & Cashman on Grove Road - who sell lovely Mid-Century Modern gems & lots of lovely knic-knacs worth having. (Popped by today as well & spent a little on some lovely coffee cups)

 Wonderful walls 

Then another highlight, meeting the wonderful painter Saskia Huning whose house is painted by her trained hand with beautiful friezes & a mural. The house was teaming with drawings, paintings & gilded panels. What a privilege to see them in a home setting, something that you can imagine in your own home. This is one of the reasons I like small gallery spaces as they feel more domestic in proportion, allowing you to 'decorate' your own place with work as you look… 

Saskia Huning

Here she is in front of it, I was inspired to get on with one in my house I've been meaning to start since we moved a year ago. We talked about the line & how each artist has their own specific way of drawing. I asked if she was left or right handed as it does alter how you compose an image. As a lefty I like right to left, especially when drawing arcs, as she does so skilfully. 

There were also some lovely ceramics - which upon admiring them I was thrilled to here were also by a local artist who was exhibiting in her own home on the art trail only moments away. There was no time to loose, onward to Linda Green's house tout suite! 

 Last Sunday there were 30, when I went
back yesterday there were 2 left! 

Here is Linda in her kitchen with some of her stunning wares. It took me no time at all to find what I was looking for (collected & displayed in my home only moments before writing this) 3 ceramic vases. 

Some of the vases…

Her work begs to be picked up, turned to allow for a different view as each side has its own character & is of course unique. 

Some big bowls…

I have my eye on a big bowl next. When I returned today I met 2 loyal fans of her work back to buy more who have what they described as a 'shrine' to Linda in their home which is growing year on year. I suspect I may fall prey to doing the same myself. 

 All great works need to be signed
Better than the real thing me thinks!
 Mat sits for his portrait next
 Another happy customer

I couldn't forgive myself if I didn't mention the amazing young artist who did mine & Mat's portrait in front of Lotolie with works by local artists & the results of life drawing sessions for under 12's which were fantastic! 

Here is Edith herself, concentrating on getting the portrait just right. I am thrilled with it & here are the results:

Picasso would love this too!

I went back today to show my friend. Edith's mum goes to a life drawing class which runs on Monday evenings & of course she wanted to go to - as a solution her mum asked one of the models from her class (who is a flamenco dancer) to pose in his dancing clothes for the kids. 

Edith's is top left, she also put in the surrounding wooden frame
 in the room, setting the context of the room, brilliant!
 Don't know how old Jacob is 
but he has a expressive line I must say.
The poses are great
And some more...
And the dance moves in case you want to try them

As you can see the pictures are great, more budding artists are made in Walthamstow as a result me thinks. The adult class is on Mondays & above The Nags Head pub, another gem of the village (fab real ale & food to die for - pizza heaven). Here is a link to their Facebook page. The show they had on definitely inspired me to join them soon - however there was a lack of bigger models, I love a bit of flesh to draw after all the best models are always big ones! 

Also Penny Fielding Interiors had (as always) great work & wares for sale, with regular pop-ups like The Gentleman's Closet & beautifully hand crafted leather works by the talented Mia Sabel. Sabel Saddlery & Leather Design has so many goodies, it's hard to know where to start, just look & see for yourself. My bespoke watch strap is on my wrist as I type.

No Art Trail is complete without a visit to see Catboy, Carl Harris, an artist/illustrator whose work is a firm favourite for all animal lovers. Here he is in front of some of his work. Fabulous drawings & a lovely chap to boot, my kind of artist.

Look who I caught with his drawings!

There is so much to see I must mention the one I missed sadly as I met her recently in The William Morris Gallery, Alke Schmidt who will be exhibiting there soon. See her work here. It will be great in the flesh, I shall have to wait till her show.

From one of their groovy evening events

Then of course I had to pop by my favourite vintage store Fox & Bear, where the proprietors Margie & Mark reside. They have both on many occasions found the perfect items for yours truly. 

No more pics daarlings

The first time I went in I came out with glorious goodies & the next time I dropped by Margie knew my size & shape & found even more perfect clothes for me. The combination of clothes, shoes, jewellery & curios & their warm welcome make every visit a pleasure. (They are Open Thursday - Friday: 1-7pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12-6pm) 

Hopefully some of these lovely people may be attending L A Noble Gallery for our upcoming events during the Capturing The Narrative show, catch the artist talks & spoken word events see here for details. 

Till next time...over & out.

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