Aug 31, 2011

Simon Warren, I love Walthamstow

1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2011 E17 Art Trail.
I will be showing a new piece of work specially shot for this year’s Trail. Following on from my 2008 piece, 'Images of Walthamstow', I have produced a new piece called 'I love Walthamstow'. I will also be showing another specially commissioned piece shot in 2005, 'Four Eyes', which was shot for my retrospective show to celebrate 25 years as a professional photographer and to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, a charity close to my heart. I set about shooting the London eye from dawn til dusk. This involved 12 hours on top of Shell’s London HQ, taking one image per hour. The four images shown here give a real sense of the changing light throughout the day.

I have lived in the borough for 20 years. When you live somewhere for so long you become familiar with its landmarks and buildings. In 2008 I undertook my first Art Trail Piece, 'Images of Walthamstow'. The piece was designed to depict various landmark sites and some of the more unusual buildings and scenes that I walked past every day. 
For this year’s piece I wanted to really explore the Walthamstow that I was not familiar with. So, inspired by a local map in an estate agent I decided to cycle all the roads in Walthamstow, some 700!  This would give a flavour of the diverse nature of where we live. Four days later and with some 800 images shot, I set about the task of reducing the images to 80, and the painstaking work of putting it together.  The result I think you will agree really gives a sense of where we live.

2. What challenges (if any) did you face in realising this work? 
The challenges involved cycling every road in Walthamstow, remembering where I had been and not missing any roads. It was great fun though! The hard part for me was the editing, deciding which images to use and which to not. With some 800 to choose from I could easily make another montage!

3. What do you like about E17 and why? Is there anything you would change about the area? 

I dont think that I would like to live anywhere else but E17! Even if I won the lottery. What I love about here is the community feel. As an artist who works and lives here I am always bumping into friends and fellow art friends...Walthamstow is just right . And as you can see from my work there is a lot going on alll over the borough. It's clear the people take pride in their gardens and even simple things like decorating their front doors.

4. Who and/or what inspires you? 
I am inspired by those who push boundaries in what they do. I have only seen the work of one artist on this year's Trail. Having photographed his work for a forthcoming exhibition. I would defintately reccommend going to see Justin Sidney's work that's being shown at Dwell Estate Agents. Not to mention also my other work can be see as part of The Image 17 Collective's 'Taking Part' show at Chestnuts House.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
No matter how mad or crazy your idea is, just do it..!

I love Walthamstow is on at The Windmill Tapas Restaurant, 18 High Street, until Sunday 11 September, closed Monday 5.

Valerie Grove

For this year's Art Trail, Valerie Grove, who created this blog in 2009, is showing her installation, Man Machine, at 26 Tennyson Road, on both weekends of the Trail, listing number 73.

1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2011 E17 Art Trail. Did you respond to this year’s theme “On Your Marks”? What impact do you think the Olympics will have on E17? 
My show is called Man Machine and it examines the impact of technology on the human body. It's got paintings, sabotaged posters, a skeleton and an interactive wall. You will also get a five minute exercise routine designed for people who spend too much time sitting at their laptops. This exhibition is a result of a back injury induced by a nightmare project that involved research and writing in isolation. It does respond to the theme "On Your Marks" in the sense that the physical fluidity of the Olympic ideal is completely at odds with the sedentary and technology-dependent reality of contemporary life.

2. What challenges (if any) did you face in realising this work? 
The first challenge was being fit enough to it it. The second was transporting the skeleton from Brighton to London and the third was making sure that this wonderful blog was up and running this year. Luckily my good friend Shelagh Farrell offered to support the blog this year, so thank you, Shelagh.

3. What do you like about E17 and why? Is there anything you would change about the area? 
I love the buzz and bustle of the market on a sunny day and the neighbourly feel about Walthamstow, which is different to anywhere else I've lived in London. I love the easy access to the Lea Valley and Walthamstow Marshes. I wish there was an arts centre with music and art studios and gallery space that would be a constructive gathering place for all the borough.
4. Who and/or what inspires you? 
Reality, though I'm not sure "inspire" is the right word!

5. What advice would you give to aspiring artists? 
Don't overestimate the interest people are going to have in you.

Aug 30, 2011

Last minute preparations, Duncan Holmes

Duncan Holmes is blogging for the E17 Art Trail in the lead-up to the Trail and his exhibition of photographs and drawings of the American Midwest, which will be on at 3 Clifton Avenue, 10-11 September. 

Less than a week to go, although I have another week before my show opens. Over the bank holiday I've worked on one large drawing to complement the collection of small notebook drawings, whilst trying to keep an eye on the deadline. So far everything is just files on the computer, but at least they are all in one place and more or less categorised, just a final weeding-out process to get a reasonably-sized final selection. 

A lot of the photographic shows last year were incredibly selective and the work was generally displayed in frames. I'm aiming for the opposite approach, an informal pin-up with plenty to look at, big and small prints casually displayed. Last year showed that it's actually quite easy to print out 65 or so A3 prints and pin them up with Blu-Tack. I was afraid the prints would keep falling off the walls all weekend, but that didn't start to happen until at least a week later, when it didn't matter anyway. Even so, displaying drawings as a slideshow on a screen is starting to look like an extremely tempting option.

Aug 28, 2011

Celebrity styles to get ethical fashion make-over

Celebrity styles are about to become all the more chic, with an ethical fashion make-over from sustainable fashion company, Ms. Wanda’s Wardrobe. “The rise of the fast fashion industry over recent years has had a devastating effect on the environment, as well as human rights”, says Esther Freeman, Creative Director at Ms. Wanda's Wardrobe. “While the ethical fashion movement is growing, and consumers are starting to demand more transparency from their favourite brands, there are still blocks in making it the norm. One of these blocks is the myth that ethical fashion is about hemp and tie dye. The sustainable celebrity style collection aims to address this, and show that ethical can also be beautiful.”

 Looks inspired by celebrities including Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and fictional glamour puss Joan Holloway, of Mad Men fame, will be created from the Autumn/Winter collection. Ethical labels such as Tara Starlet and Round London feature, as well as vintage and pre-loved clothing. Each piece will have an affordable price tag, so they are in the reach of the most budget-conscious fashionistas. Try on 1960s Mod-style shift dresses, 1950s frocks and accesorise with beautiful vintage and recycled jewellery. There will also be other events and activities designed to show that enjoying fashion needn't mean sacrificing the environment.

Ms. Wanda’s pop up shop will be open from 2 - 11 September at 151 Forest Road, E17 6HE

Aug 27, 2011

Photography exhibitions

No. 17, by Kitty Brown
Here are a few photography exhibitions that caught my eye while leafing through the Trail guide (now available online, in shops and even as a mobile app, more info here). Click on each link to find out more about the exhibition. If I've left something out that you're particularly looking forward to, let me know by emailing 

Recent photographs by Kitty Brown

Kitty Brown’s thoughtful photographs reveal the beauty, meaning and humour in everyday, ordinary moments. This exhibition, her third for the Trail, looks at decay, a part of life that is all too often ignored in favour of youth and perfection. Kitty explores the this process by looking at people, buildings and the environment.

Photographs and screen prints by Penny Dampier
Penny is inspired by William Eggleston, whose wonderful photos experiment with colour and composition in a way that makes you see familiar objects in a new light . The photos on Penny's blog investigate the domestic and the boundaries it imposes. She often uses deliberate multiple exposure to give pictures an unnerving quality and to suggest the blurring of memory.
I am intrigued by the idea of Rachel's 3D film inspired photography piece. She invites viewers to enter the dark world of an imagined forest that she has made using both pinhole and scanner-based photography as a starting point.
Photo by Matt Scandrett
The world is yours
If you want to feel like you have left Walthamstow and seen five other continents, head to award-winning photographer Matt Scandrett‘s show. Matt presents a collection of travel photography taken over the last 10 years. Looking at the expressions captured in his close-up portraits on his website feels slightly voyeuristic, as if witnessing an intimate moment. In Cuba, young men clench their muscles and grit their teeth ready for boxing matches, in Ethiopia, children play in the street and in London a young woman confronts riot police at the 2009 G20 protests. Matt's landscape photos from all over the world are beautifully composed and well-observed.

Photo by Matt Scandrett
Sculpture and photography in the garden
Owen Bullet’s bold sculpture meets Adrian Anderson’s photography in this outdoor exhibition of works selected and produced in response to one another.

The American Midwest, photographs and drawings
Reading Duncan Holmes' blogposts about preparing for his exhibition of images made during visits to Indiana and Illinois has made me very keen to see what he comes up with.

Carnival of souls
After seeing photographs of other people, you can be photographed by Rosa Pureplay, who uses an antique camera and old-fashioned developing processes.

Aug 26, 2011

Harriet Hammel, soft sculptures

The Rev! Mother and soft bike, in Harriet's garage
1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2011 E17 Art Trail. Did you respond to this year’s theme “On Your Marks”? What impact do you think the Olympics will have on E17?
This year I've made a site-specific installation for St Saviours Church porch. It's a full size soft sculpture woman priest, dressed in biker gear, dismounting from the Softuki motorbike.
The inspiration for this stems from St Saviours having undergone immense changes this year, when the clergy, all but one of the PCC (parochial church council), most of the choir and a large amount of people, left the C of E to become members of the Ordinariate of Walthamstow (a sort of Roman Catholic offshoot). We who remain are building up membership again, and one of the first decisions of the new PCC was to cease to be affiliated with the Forward in Faith movement which, basically, does not agree with the ordination of women.
The Softuki is back by popular demand, and the correct way to address a woman priest is 'Reverend Mother', so I've called her 'Rev! Mother', as in the revving of engines!
I don't think the Olympics will impact that much on E17 though 'on your marks!' is an appropriate term for the church, as we embark on a new era.  

2. What challenges (if any) did you face in realising this work?
Making the large piece involved a lot of sewing by hand, and now I have strained the tendon in my right thumb - a condition known as 'trigger finger', which might need a minor op to put right. And as she gave us a fright every time we entered the room, I've had to put her in the garage!

3. What do you like about E17 and why? Is there anything you would change about the area?
I like the fabric and haberdashery shops and stalls down the High Street, the proximity of the Lea Valley and Epping Forest, whilst also being so near to Central London on the Victoria Line. I like the Rose and Crown pub too. We could do with a Cinema in Hoe Street.

4. Who and/or what inspires you? 
My inspiration comes from having a show or a commission to work towards, and the E17 Art Trail got me going again in 2006, when I took part for the first time.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
My advice to aspiring artists would be, don't try and make a living out of it! 

See Harriet's work at St Saviours Church, Markhouse Road, Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 September. You can also click here to read an interview with her from the 2009 Trail.

Aug 25, 2011

Our new young(er) blogger and what she wants to see on the Trail

For the first time this year, there is a special mini-commission here on the blog for younger audiences on 'the BIG little art trail' (guide available here). I am delighted to introduce Abigail, who will be blogging with her thoughts on the Trail. Without further ado, over to her:

Hi, my name is Abigail. I turned 12 last week and I go to Walthamstow School for Girls. This will be the first time that I will be doing the E17 Art Trail, and I am really excited about it as I love looking at pictures and photographs and other types of art and I had no idea that there were so many creative people in Walthamstow! I have been looking through the Art Trail guide (now available online, in shops and even as a mobile app, more info here) and have picked out just a few exhibitions that I would particularly like to see, as my mum has said that we simply won't have time to see ALL of them (although I know that we will definitely see more than the ones listed here!) Click on each link to find out more about the exhibitions.

I have heard a lot about the campaign to save our cinema, even though it was closed before I was really able to go there. I hope that it will be saved and it will be interesting to see people’s memories of it.

I like the idea that this features many different types of artwork and that it’s by women only. Girl Power!

On Top Of The World 
This looks really unusual. I have always liked collages and the idea of ‘no limitations’ appeals to me.

I have always loved dogs – they’re so cute! I think that the idea they may look like their owners is really funny.

I Love Walthamstow
Well, I love Walthamstow too – and I would like to see if I recognise where the photos are taken.
I love the fact that these are all made from recycled materials – we have been learning a lot about recycling at school.

What Lies Beneath
I enjoy learning about underwater habitats, they always looks so peaceful – although sharks can be a bit scary. This is also in my favourite cafĂ©, so I can have a chocolate milkshake and a cake while I’m looking!

I have always been interested in nature and wildlife and think it will be interesting to see things I may never have noticed in the local area.

Knit A Year
I am really interested to see how long the knitted piece is – and am looking forward to reading the journals and thoughts from the last year too.
This sounds a bit like a treasure hunt, which would be great fun. I do not know what combobulating means though!
This is being held at my school and is an exhibition of work by some of the students. Unfortunately, I’m not good enough at art to have anything shown – but maybe another year!

School Exhibition: 10 seconds 
There can’t be many things that you can do in 10 seconds – I would like to try some of them myself!

I can’t wait til the trail starts and I can write again about my thoughts after visiting the different exhibitions!

Aug 24, 2011

Field Studies in Progress

1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2011 E17 Art Trail. Did you respond to this year’s theme “On Your Marks”? What impact do you think the Olympics will have on E17?
Last and quite possibly least in the Art Trail guide is Field Study’s Man in E17, aka Julian Beere, of Lost and Found in E17 obscurity. Julian is in the process of preparing a series of actions or ‘field studies’ as part of his plotting and plodding the ways of the foot in E17. The field studies involve a variety of mark making processes constituting what might be spurious research into the psycho-geography of the area - a 1:1 mapping or survey in readiness for the 2012 Olympic gold rush and after.

It is likely there will be more visitors to Walthamstow some of whom will be lost or close to being lost. The prospect of getting really lost in Walthamstow via certain counter cultural Situationist art strategies appeared promising until, distressingly, news arrived of ‘neighbourhoodists’ who will greet and guide visitors. What has happened to the joys of not knowing where you are or where you are going, Field Study’s Man in E17 implores?

2. What challenges (if any) did you face in realising this work?
There is the constant challenge of maintaining a sufficient and appropriate sense of fantasy, pretence, delusion and lack of direction in the field studies in the build up to the games.

3. What do you like about E17 and why? Is there anything you would change about the area?
Some places in Walthamstow smell fantastically; they have really hummed. Field Study’s Man in E17 has been working on an olfactory training programme that will enable him to guide (for those who insist on being guided) visitors to the enhanced fragrances of and about the town. He looks forward to the day when a complete stranger approaches him and says, take me to the best smell in town. Julian Beere has just quipped the only visitors are in your head. There may be some truth in that.

Fewer cars and better driving would improve the area a great deal. More people walking at night looking up at the stars and the aeroplane lights.

4. Who and/or what inspires you?
People with ideas, energy, creativity and determination to make them happen - Cris, Laura and Morag of Artillery and the E17 Art Trail are among them. There is also the motley crew of Organiclea and Hornbeam - heroes of the ultra local vegetable scene. Can Field Study’s Man in E17 say he is inspired by them? To say yes to ‘inspired’ may be undue flattery on his part - admiration and respect absolutely. 

5. What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Field Study’s Man in E17 advises all aspiring artists to keep aspiring.

Field Studies is entry number 148 in the Trail guide
See Field Studies in Progress is on at Hornbeam Environment Centre, 458 Hoe Street, Friday 2 - Sunday 4, Wednesday 7 - Saturday 11 September. To find out more, click here to visit Julian's website.

Aug 23, 2011

E17 Designers Market

Owl plate, Nadia Sparham
 For those with friends or relatives whose birthdays are coming up, the E17 Designers Market at the Art Trail is the perfect place to find a present. With a range of lovely bespoke items and prices ranging from starting at just one pound, you may even be tempted to buy yourself something too. For the first time this year, the Market will feature a Book-ish section of artists and illustrators, some of whom participated in the inaugural Book-ish event during the Waltham Forest Literature Festival. They include Middlesex University graduates with prints, cards, featuring contributions from Meow magazine,The Illustrated Ape and Fancy & Fondant.
Middlesex University's MEOW magazine cover
Browse through a selection of traditional and contemporary jewellery, handmade from silver, semi-precious stones; designer ceramics; quirky, vintage inspired adults and children's clothing, alongside bags and handmade cards. For men you may find an original letterpress slogan, a screen print tee or an elegant etching, framed by hand, all from local artists and designers. 

As well as the stalls, there will be music from a roving "Ukahoola" band, and Ceilidh specialists, The Stowicks will play too. Treat yourself to a cake from Suzie's Kitchen, followed by some fresh juice from The London Farmer's Market. Entry includes a free drink and the chance to win E17 Designers' goody bags.

Print purse, Seams Significant
E17 Designers is a not for profit, unincorporated community association, with a membership system.

Visit the Market on Sunday 11th September,  2-6pm, Asian Centre, 18a Orford Road and check out E17 Designers's lovely new website here.

Aug 22, 2011

Duncan Holmes on the Olympic Park

Building blocks at Folly for a Flyover
 Duncan Holmes is at no. 9 in the Trail guide, exhibiting photographs and drawings of the American Midwest. He is blogging for E17 Art Trail in the lead-up to his exhibition. See his previous entries here and here. This week, he discusses how the Olympic Park is changing E17.
I have absolutely no interest in sport so from that point of view the Olympics is not something to get excited about. The massive infrastructure of the Olympic Park is another matter though. On the one hand, it's good to see the dire wasteland transformed with some cutting-edge architecture and imaginative landscaping. I visited the site in June (see my blog entry here), and came away impressed with some of the buildings, less so with others. The View Tube cafe is a regular destination for cycling trips down the canal from Walthamstow. It's encouraging to see the way some of the industrial debris has been imaginatively incorporated into the Greenway landscaping, rather than simply clearing it out of the way. The recent Folly for a Flyover cinema under the A12 flyover built out of scaffolding and recycled timber blocks was quite amazing, although sadly only temporary.
Touch-me-not growing wild on the River Lea
On the other hand, I'm a little sorry to see some of the wildness of the area lost. How many people remember the open fields at Temple Mill Lane, with horses and a collection of rusty red telephone boxes, more like Essex than London. Some of the electricity pylons, which I especially love, were taken down  - but not, as rumoured, to tidy up the area, but to overcome the logistical impossibility of constructing tall buildings with high-voltage lines overhead. Then there's the River Lea running parallel to the canal, and still pleasingly wild, with a riverside dirt path overgrown with nettles and touch-me-not, but I wonder how long it will stay that way.
It might have been good to incorporate some of those thoughts into my show this year but I've had no time to do enough new work. Just trawling through nine years worth of photographs and notebooks is as much as I can fit in, so the focus is several thousand miles away from Waltham Forest.

Aug 21, 2011

Dr. Knit and the Knitting Laboratory

Dean and Martin
For the third year, Dr. Knit invites you to his extraordinary Knitting Laboratory to meet the wonderful, expressive creatures he has created with just wool and knitting needles.

Accomplished high jumpers, the Wobblies
1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2011 E17 Art Trail. Did you respond to this year’s theme “On Your Marks”? What impact do you think the Olympics will have on E17? 
Continuing from the previous two years I'm showing a variety of arts and crafts techniques emphasising knitting, as well as story-telling. For this year, people coming to the Laboratory will be able to re-visit some of the old creatures, as well as three new characters with three new stories, plus some surprises! All the visitors are invited to read the stories as well as touch and experience all the creatures on display. 
In terms of the theme, yes and no. Yes because some of the Knitting Laboratory creatures are already Olympic winners. For example, the Wobbly is one of the most accomplished high jumpers in the world. My snails are slow, but in the snail world they are definately the fastest! Dean and Martin, the sea-horses, have achieved great success in the synchronized swimming, and have several medals to prove it. I could carry on all day! And no, because I didn't intentionally follow the theme, although some of the creatures have requested to wear their gold medals this year.
I hope that the impact the games have on E17 will be a positive one.

Tina Tremble
 2. What challenges (if any) did you face in realising this work? 
As always, the biggest challenge is time. To have more spare time to devote to the work would be ideal.

3. What do you like about E17 and why? Is there anything you would change about the area? 
I like the proximity to Epping Forest and the greenery around Lea Valley. Walthamstow market, even if it could benefit from more variety of stalls, is still a good source of raw materials for me. I'd like the area to have more cultural events, a cinema, an art centre, and maybe two Art Trails a year.

Three cupcakes 
4. Who and/or what inspires you? 
I find inspiration in every day things, such as magazines, books, photographs and found objects. Children always feature prominently in my work, and are an enormous inspiration for the project and my life. I'm really excited about the inclusion of a new children's trail guide this year as I believe it will help to encourage more children into arts and crafts, as a counter-balance to too much emphasis on computer games and television.
5. What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Be in touch with your inner child, your heart and your feelings.

Visit Dr. Knit and his creations at the Knitting Laboratory at 106 Beulah Road, Sunday 4 and 11 September

Aug 20, 2011

Stevey Scullion

11/11/11, Sketch, Stevey Scullion
 1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2011 E17 Art Trail. Did you respond to this year’s theme “On Your Marks”? What impact do you think the Olympics will have on E17?
It was stimulated by the visual poetry of 11/11/11, for me, it was reminiscent of three sets of railway tracks, so I began working on how best to tell three separate stories. The more I got involved in writing the stories the more they began to inform the Sculpture, then after its just about containing the ideas.                    
I had already began work on 11/11/11 by the time the theme was announced so, no, I haven't responded to it.      
As regards 'impact' I am reminded of the phenomenon of when a VIP came to launch a boat in the shipyards - everything in the visual pathway from the Front Gate to the Ship was given a rich coat of paint to help hold the rust together. However, it does put fitness on the agenda.

2. What challenges (if any) did you face in realising this work?
Often for me its the logistics of the piece and the time to make it are the challenge. Finding a site was also a challenge. I wasted a lot of time with Network Rail as I wanted to show this piece on their property. I thought it would complement my work and exploit new areas for the Trail. However, Network Rail wanted £1000 for the two days to watch me put up and take down.

3. What do you like about E17 and why? Is there anything you would change about the area?
I like its diversity, its political bias, and its beautiful people. Having said that however, I would change the hearts and minds of the supporters of the UKCG who would wish to destroy our cinema. And when I need a break from all that change there is always the constant of the Hirondelle cafe to fall back on.

4. Who and/or what inspires you? 
Mistakes, criticism, the journey, being able to laugh about it, and the gift of a smile.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Question everything, and don't waste your time trying to be somebody - be more specific.*
*Adaptation of a quote by author Jane Wagner.

11/11/11, Sculpture by Steve Scullion will be on at Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Friday 2 - Sunday 4 and Wednesday 7 - Sunday 11 September. To find out more, see Stevey's website.

Aug 18, 2011

Big Chief E-Spy

The E-Spy Art Trail booklet, soon available at a shop near you.
1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2011 E17 Art Trail?  
We are doing a number of exciting things, some of which we’re keeping secret for now…Our main focus is our E-Spy booklet - a guide to the mysteries of E17 that people can take with them on the Trail to spot unusual things and earn points - which we hope to have ready for sale by mid August. There will be a blog & emails hosted by Big Chief E-Spy, plus we are staging a few events which include characters from the booklet – keep your diary free on 3 September from about 1pm! We are also doing a fuzzy felt map of fuzzy memories which we’ll develop once the booklet is at the printers and finally, for now, ( remember, we have some surprises up our sleeves!) we are arranging an End of Trail Party for the evening of 11 September at the Bell! Phew! Gi’s a job!
Did you respond to this year’s theme “On Your Marks”? 
No – our ideas were fairly fully formed before the theme arrived...but now we’re thinking, “”
What impact do you think the Olympics will have on E17? 
We hope it will provide genuine opportunities for jobs for local people- not just volunteer experience.
2. What challenges (if any) did you face in realising this work? 
We had so many good places and sights/sites to include it was hard to decide on the book content (and to get Deb to draw it! DB) (Grr! I’m busy! DS). Deciding on the map format was a challenge- translating a good idea into practical reality is hard! We are applying for funding but are using our own money for the booklet, map and badges, which is a concern. Luckily, we can exploit our children’s technical skills for the on-line stuff.
3. What do you like about E17 and why? Is there anything you would change about the area? 
That’s what the map’s all about!
4. Who and/or what inspires you? 
Social gaming groups like Coney and Hide and Seek- ideas that inspire, amuse & include lots of people- making strangers into friends. Graham Rawle’s books were our initial inspiration but our ideas were too complex.
 5. What advice would you give to aspiring artists? 
Create your own opportunities.

Sign up to Big Chief E-Spy here.

Aspects of Impression, Tayyaba Gondal

1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2011 E17 Art Trail. Did you respond to this year’s theme “On Your Marks”?   What impact do you think the Olympics will have on E17?
I enjoy different medias, watercolour, pencil sketching and drawing, my sketch book is filled with these medias but my main interest is in oil painting. I shall exhibit different moods of nature and objects which I found at my house and surroundings and also female figures. Generally,  I paint common things but touch of different colours and strokes make these paintings different. Most of my paintings are in monochrome, these paintings have both Asian and Western touch. And of course "On Your Marks", this is my first exhibition in UK so I am already "On my Marks". 
We all saw the first impact of the Olympics on Warm-Up day of the E17 Art Trail. Everyone enjoyed Olympic events of tiddly winks, paint brush relay (which luckily we won) and the space hopper race!  Like this, the Olympics will bring excitement and preparations.

 2. What challenges (if any) did you face in realising this work? 
There were many challenges because this is a new country for me, I just moved here, I was not aware about markets from where I could get good material and managing all the stuff in a small flat is still really difficult.
 3. What do you like about E17 and why? Is there anything you would change about the area?
Everything about Walthamstow is great, its natural surroundings, Lloyds Park, the William Morris Museum, Central Library and also Walthamstow market which is too good. There are so many social and creative activities including the E17 Art Trail, one of the best. Here we can find mixture of cultures and people are very friendly. It deserves to be called Awesomestow.

4. Who and/or what inspires you?
Impressionist movement inspires me a lot, its texture, colour renderings, spontaneous approach, rapid brush strokes and atmospheric feelings, which appear in my work.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
I am not sure whether I am in a position to advise, I only would say get guidance from the work of both old masters and contemporaries but develop and follow your own style and enjoy.

Aspects of Impression will be on at Walthamstow Central Library, High Street, Saturday 3 - Sunday 11 September