Sadly I haven’t had as much time this year compared to last year for seeing as many venues and meeting as many artists as I would have liked. I did my best though to fit in as many as I could in the final afternoon though.
Here’s a quick round up of my manic run around Walthamstow (it’s good I knew it so much better after last year’s racing around E17)!
I filled up on a hearty and delicious lunch at Bygga Bo, a favourite café from last year with their sublime toasted sarnies, who unfortunately were too late to join up this year - we hope to see them return next time.
1. Veg Hut
Just next to Bygga Bo, it was be rude not to pop in and see their photos adorning their burgeoning produce displays. I liked the "On the buses" and the "Mork calling Mindy" photos best.
|On the Buses|
|Mork calling Mindy|
|A treasure trove of childhood memories|
|The tree of answers and a great poem!|
|Who can you spot?|
|Beware they're not all friendly|
|This one is though!|
I ended up leading a happy duo towards the closing party. En route we spied the Lady of Shallot in the graveyard - a little eerily it must be said.
I stopped off at the ancient house to see inside and Paul Tucker's beautiful photographs, an exhibition of "Ancient History." The smell of a BBQ was slipping in from the paved courtyard lending another dimension to the display.
|Paul Tucker in the ancient realm|
5. Makers' Yard
I rejoined the merry band of art seekers and picked my way through the higgledy piggledy world of the secret garden.
In the final minutes before the closing bells, like Cinderella I slipped into the Fairy Tale Folk gallery to glimpse the remaining fairy tale inspired photos. Alexis' favourite one about Cinderella had already been collected, but there was plenty to feast my eyes upon. I particularly enjoyed the witty captions that went with the photos. Such as "Farewell to a Hackneyed past" looking back at Hackney.
|Alexis and some of his quirky photography|
On my way back to the after party I detoured to squint through the railings at some lovely local artistry based on illustrations. The photos were taken with considerable risk of dropping my phone the other side of the railings and having to return when school reopened!
For some much needed gin, raspberry vodka was my favourite tipple closely followed by the rhubarb and gooseberry and elderflower. I loved the artwork from Fletch Fletcher. He has a similar style to mine, observing the beautiful and quirky in the mundane. His exhibition was entitled "The search for beauty in the ugly."
|Cheers! A well deserved drink of raspberry vodka on the rocks|
|Clothing bank model|
En route to the school I saw the first of the Where's Wally treasure trail. It looks great fun and I look forward to using google to have a look at it at some point. All those who contributed were entitled to a limited edition map which looked fascinating.
Phew! As expected all of the free nibbles from Yum Yum E17 had been gnawed away, but there was still drink a plenty and some final art pieces from Hatch to admire on the walls. Also importantly, lots of familiar faces to greet and catch up with.
|Bumping into familiar faces, Virginia from Wavy Line outside the luminous God's Own Junkyard|
What a great E17 race, you all pulled the stops out and I can't wait for The Walthamshow Garden Party. Bring it on!