Trade School, London

When you see a website that advertises a workshop named “How to make a Victorian tunnel book” in an urban shop that grows its own lettuce and has chicken on the roof, you say yes! And then you go one Thursday evening to the Farm:shop on Dalston lane to find out what the what a tunnel book actually is. Then make one alongside a small group.

The idea of Trade School is to pass on knowledge, share learning and have fun. From bread making to bike maintenance and yoga, teachers donate their time and skills to showing the group of strangers something new and receive something back that they’ve asked for – in this case a plant, a book, some help with an exhibition.

So on to “How to make a Victorian tunnel book”…

Which turns out to be a rather nifty and creative way to present a scene that can be as big as a room or as small as a… well, an apple. You’ll see…

And it was brilliant… Art is therapy. Sitting in concentration with a bit of idle chit chat with all your real attention focused on cutting and sticking and creating something that at first looks so complex, you think you couldn’t possibly do that in a couple of hours. But you do… maybe not brilliantly, but you do it! And each creation from our group of eight, was each completely different in their own unique way.

I hope this continues on another date as I can’t wait to see what I can learn. I’m also looking forward to helping set up an exhibition of the teacher’s wonderful work.


Street Art: Shop Front Letters

These larger than life letters light up the shut shops of the streets of Hackney. Changing the gloomy grey (necessary) metal into the colourful initial of the name of the shop sleeping behind it.

I think they might be a particularly east London thing. I have no idea of the history of these letters, but apparently they are the work of a street artist called Eine. They seem to have the added value of staving off shit tagging too!

Ah, love this Eine collage… 

Art: SALON (LONDON) Presents… ‘Secret’

When: 22 June – 6 July 2010
Where: 97 Clerkenwell Road, EC1R 5BX

Crystal Bennes BA, MA, PhD is no doubt one of my more intellectual friends. Whilst she mainly scales the dizzy heights of awesomeness of clever clogs mountain, she occasionally frolics in the valley of art for kicks.

This is one of her intriguing ‘hidden spaces’ exhibitions. She’ll take a disused space left fallow by the council and turn it into something of an event.

Along with a group of well-flavored friends, her consideration and planning bring interesting art and ethereal ideas to a peak of spectaluarism to create unique and thoughtful events.

The latest summer ‘happening’ is in a shabby building on Clerkenwell road. In the heart of the creative capital, this building has the potential to be something beautiful, but remains unloved, peeling and frankly, quite sad in it’s interior. She’s going to be doing this… 

“…purchasing a single card from the thousands on display [at the RCA ‘Secret’ exhubution] with the intent to then invite the artist behind that card to produce a solo show”

The purchased card was by current RCA student, Noemie Goudal.  Bennes comments: ‘Noemie’s work is thoughtful as well as beautiful, but it also complements the SALON (LONDON) desire to promote the temporal, to react against unity of form and restrictions in theme and disciplinarily: her work isn’t simply photography – it’s architectural and theatrical, combining staged set designs with a narrative approach to storytelling.  Given that the decision to offer Noemie a solo show was made off the back of a single post-card sized work, I couldn’t be more pleased with the result of this rather chaotic process.’

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