I am also one of the persistent little Arts Club crowd celebrating the Art Grows on Trees tradition. And then there are the "Visitors".
2. How many times have you taken part in the Trail?
Since 2006 or so? I think so.
3. What kind of things inspire you to create art?
I like asking lots of artists to make something in response to a subject matter I give them, and it has been chrystallising out over the years that my favourite subjects have to do with identity, the subconscious, being a "product" as it were of the culture that you were born into and how different cultures correspond with each other. Therefore, I have got myself into organising group exhibitions over the years. I am also a printmaker by trade but I haven't been in the studio much lately because of organising my group projects.
4. What challenges (if any) do you face in preparing yourself and your work for the Trail?
Not many to be honest. I use the Art Trail as a nice opportunity to do light hearted projects with friends, and to experiment.
5. Who are your favourite artists?
I am a big fan of the prints by my fellow artist-printmaker Katie Jones because they are so gentle and confident and somehow remind me how I want to feel about the world. The Library of Unwritten Books by Caroline Jupp is one of my all time favourite projects in terms of getting other people involved, asking passers-by to tell you what they would write if they were to write a book, and then turning the interviews into little mini books for everyone to read. I like how she values that everyone has a lot to say for themselves and puts it in a golden frame, and that there is not much differentiation between "artists" and "non-artists".
6. Please tell us two things you really like about Walthamstow?
1) It's not hip. Taxi drivers often don't know how to get to St James from Central London and I nearly feel like I am showing off when I explain the route.
2) My home.
7. Please tell us one thing you wish Walthamstow had?
I know exactly what the answer is to that. A nice breakfast cafe near my house which is not a greasy spoon (I like them but not always) and where today's paper lies around and you get a really nice cafe latte and there is nice music in the background. Just imagine...