Sep 10, 2012

Highlights I saw on days 6 & 7

Wood Street Indoor Market (no. 113)
This year there is a ton of trail goodness to enjoy with your antique shopping or tea drinking in Wood Street's rejuvenated market. Firstly it was lovely to see Mother's Ruin open, it looks great and just shows that the market is still sprouting new shops that you will find nowhere else! Becky Griffiths exhibition in her gin palace is a very interesting too. Her bold paintings of cockerels really challenge the photographs of wrestlers for superiority amongst all the home made gin!

Swing by Significant Seams. Here, those behind the fantastic community quilt at the Mill have up their Neighbourhood quilt from last year's trail - a  map of Walthamstow on which you can stamp some glitter to show where you are on it. You can also pop into Folly & Frill and send yourself a postcard from the past.

Artist Sba Shaikh opens her studio to exhibit her installation, 'The Personas of Mehraj 3', a series that has continued and developed over the last few trails. This years installation does really capture a very spiritual and energetic glow in her subject matter. It is really interesting and if she is in the studio, it is fascinating to discuss her work and its meaning because it is so well thought out and projected.

There are other studios and pop-up shops that are on display, but one surprise that really stood out was a display of a half finished, incredibly detailed and precise mechanical clock. 8 years in production and another 8 years left, the caretaker of the market is displaying his work for the first time ever. It is so exquisite and there is such care and craftsmanship in ever inch. It isn't listed in the guide, but is one of the many hidden surprises you will find in the market.

Some Easons and a Bergman (no.172)
Unfortunately Sunday was the last day this exhibition was on, but I am glad I caught it. It is an exhibition by the Eason family plus one. You have Phoebe Eason's nice and twee illustrations, her boyfriend Jon Bergman's misty photographs and ceramic sculptures drawn on the mystics of science fiction, but what I really fell for was Carol Eason's whimsical paintings. A naive, self made artistic style she really captures the innocent, playful nature of childhood but when you look closely it is not all perfect.

An Invisible Red Thread (no.176)
I really enjoyed the work on show here and unfortunately as the previous, last Sunday was its final opening. Artist Kerrie Ahern delves in the past of her identity, family and social condition through the multiple mediums of photographs, ceramic sculpture and paintings. I was quite impressed by the work that was drawn upon a box she had received containing letters from her father to her mother when he was out at sea. There are these fantastic nautical, mechanical ceramic sculptures with direct references from the letters intertwined with its aesthetic. She really has captured the weight of realization in the identity and history that individuals carry.

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