Crepes in Hackney Village

Where’s that then? Chatsworth Road E5. The Creperie du Monde is quaint and welcoming. There’s a whole menu of sweet and savoury crepes. Liked it a lot. Was stunned to see the address as ‘Hackney Village’. Up there with ‘Leyton Industrial Village’ circa 1985 for renaming what were run down and out places. I believe L I V is now Argall Estate.

Did feel pulled towards Cakey Muto though, another fine snacking establishment. You need cash in your pocket, mind, like the olden days.

Nipped into The WaterWorks Nature Reserve on Lea Bridge Road run by the LEE (sic) Valley Parks  for a reasonably-priced cup of coffee. Buzzin’.

Marilyn Monroe at Westfield E20

Westfield Stratford City Gallery Events.

Great free evening hosted by gallery events where we enjoyed photos of Marilyn at the Getty Images Gallery, Westfield E20. We had canapes and champagne, free wine and a red carpet too. Twas an evening of gorgeousness and twinkly lights. Marilyn look-alike was there in shimmery silver and peroxide waves. Other glamour pusses posed in their glass stilettoes. It was a good good evening.

Before all of that my guests went to see RAGWORKS at Stratford PictureHouse. Nice. People just want to touch the textiles. What a busy place the PictureHouse was this evening!


Up Your Street next week

Wed Mar 21st           free     1-7pm  for 10 days  Art2View at The Original Gallery
                                 Hornsey Library Crouch End. N8. Art work mainly by members                        
                                                                                of Friends of Tottenham Marshes.
                                      free 1-8pm  for 10days RAGWORKS art exhibition. Stratford East PictureHouse
Thurs  Mar 22nd          £6     7pm  Strings Concert.   St Mary’s Church ,Walthamstow Village
Fri       Mar  23rd         free to watch.  Kayaks on the River Lee/Lea. Between Nazeing Rd and Carthegena Lock. Tesco Sport Relief Canoe Races.
Sun    Mar   25th       NO REST DAY!  free 2-4.30pm  Tour of St Augustine’s Tower in Narrow Way Mare St. Hackney.
                                  free but £1 for reservoir entry 2.30pm another fab walk with David of Waltham Forest Walks   . meet opp. Ferry Boat Inn on Forest Rd e17 at the entrance to the Walthamstow Reservoir. No need to book. Just turn up and you’ll be welcomed well!
                       £5 10.30-5.30pm Asian Stone carving garden gnomes book on 07708205623  at 50 Pearson St E2
Tues   Mar 27th        free but register to BOOK . Canal Museum trip with Stuart Low Trust Islington.
                                    £2.50     2.30-4.30pm Leyton Community Action.Tea dance at Plumtree Centre,
                                                                                                             Leyton Green. E10
Wed Mar 28th            free 10.30-12.30pm. Dementia workshop. Morley Centre Billet Rd E17
                                              Excellent workshop by Loretta Martin of Waltham Forest Council.
SKY ARTS2      So much coming up:- “A Streetcar Named Desire” 
                   Beethoven’s “Fidelio” 
 Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” .            Verdi’s “Aida” Live from
                                                             The Royal Albert Hall.
Hockney on photography.         Haydn’s “The Creation”
                                                with John Nelson conducting , and “Coronation Street.”
Saturday, 17 March 2012 – Saturday, 31st March 2012 1pm – 8pm Free art exhibition. Hand-made wall-hangings depicting world wide folk-lore characters. All made from refreshed and recycled discarded textiles. Age group: all. Stratford East Picture House Salway Road Disabled access: yes.

The Girl With The Pearl Earring

“The Girl With The Pearl Earring”

                                                     A RAGWORKS wall-hanging entitled “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” is at a lovely art exhibition called  Art2View at the clean and vibrant Original Gallery in Crouch End’s Hornsey Library. Opens today and runs until March 31st. 1-7pm. Free.

Crouch End

Yeah!   Up goes a RAGWORKS’ art wall-hanging at Art2View exhibition in the prestigious Original Gallery of Hornsey Library, N 8…. N. 8 as in Crouch End, home of Dylan, YMCA,  clock tower, demolished schools, 41 bus of yesteryear and Uplands Road with ghosts of my grannies. And another thing I noticed in the leafy roads behind the scummy looking tahn ‘all were public toilets without graffiti or padlocks.  I saw old white proper mums like with white curly perms wearing skirts  showing their legs. What a busy square! Then on top of everything, between the posh buggies, I saw arctic ice-cream advertised as ‘artistic ice cream’ (sic). Sorbet too.

Anyway enough of gawping. I must have looked like a farmer’s wife up from the country.

The art exhibition is well-catalogued, free and captivating. The standard is high and the exhibition is well put together by Ed and Joan, Julie and David. Do go and enjoy what’s to be viewed.

The actual Hornsey Library is smart, and a proper old-fashioned place to sit and read, surf and learn. The staff are actually aware of punters coming through the door. Outside there’s a seating arrangement in front of a dry but arty fountain where one can sit and eat a Gregg’s pasty or a ciabatta slice from the myriad of coffee-shops nestled between banks.

The town hall disappointed me. The last time I saw it, it was in a state of internal demolition as Ray Davies showed us around that building and other parts of Muswell Hill through a tellycam. It has lost its grandeur and aloofness and is neglected I’m sure. Never mind; newspaper readers and cars have to park somewhere and in front of her ex-majesty is good enough in the Spring sunshine.

The buses were terrible today and the 41 took ages to get from Crouch End back to Seven Sisters and as for the 230, well!

Enjoyed my day.

RAGWORKS comes to town

In the spacious gallery that is Stratford east Picturehouse amidst the smell of pop corn  and within the echoes of staff chatting by the hot dog machine downstairs, you will be amazed to find RAGWORKS. Under sympathetic lighting,  wall-hangings depicting Grimm and Anderson fairy tale characters,  West African humanised animals and other flights of an artist’s fancy are  displayed on recycled bamboo hangers.

These art works have been lovingly hand-made and crafted from abandoned refreshed textiles begged from local manufacturers.

Come and see The Palm Oil Daughter, how pretty she is as she melts by the river or Red Riding Hood covered in blood.

Gillian, the artist, (that’s me) studied art at Hornsey Art College and  West African literature in Leicester way back in the seventies before the word ‘multi-cultural’ met Carol Vordermann’s vowel-tray and has exhibited batiks both in east London and Orkney. Over the past two years whilst forging ahead with Up Your Street Gillian has attended many art and craft workshops in the 6 London 2012 boroughs., notably ceramics at The Centre For Better Health in Hackney.  Thirsty to revisit techniques from university days she has joined and completed felt-making classes, patchwork curtain ones, screen -printing workshops, courtesy of Songololo-Feet, and a host of other courses which appeared as freebies to engage seniors with the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. All to the good. Can’t stop learning.

Issue 9 Up Your Street

Up Your Street issue 9

Mon  Mar 12th  £2 1.30-4.30pm Stratford Old Town Hall. Tea Dance.

Thurs Mar 15th free No need to book 9.45am-2pm “Personalisation”

‘ WF and adult social care’ road show.

Chingford Assembly Hall

Sat Mar 17th free. Picturehouse opening hours. Stratford east Picturehouse.

Fortnight  exhibition begins of

RAGWORKS a  textiles recycling enterprise

featuring nursery rhymes and fairy tales.

free   noon -4pm Sarah Bonnell School behind Morrison’s

in Stratford.  Stratford Spring Fair. Stalls and info,

entertainment and food. Writers’ Competition corner.

                        free 1-6pm E17 Designers Special Mothers’ Day event

at The Mill E17.

                         £8  7pm St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow Village E17 “Aida”.

Oh you again, International Women’s Day 2012!

Okay now;  get it right this time. …

Flight attendant, synthetic, postal worker, refuse collector, main copy, original plan, humankind, superior mind, table attendant, bar tender.

Stop saying

“My husband, he hates me going out. He jealous”.

“Course we women love doing all those handicrafts and crochet and knitting”.

“You’re not a feminist, are you?”

“You only go out to meet men!”

“We don’t eat garlic. My husband doesn’t like it.”

“We women don’t really want a career. We just work ’til we marry.”

Okay.  See you next year.

Bringing home International Women’s Day 2012

To the 72 year old Chinese Mauritian Londoner who over the year left the confines of her kitchen and  crochet,  stuffed her Freedom Pass into her noodle- box and went afar over the bridge to Stratford to sing ,  marched the Black Path for crocus bulbs out of Organiclea’s muddy bags, and stitched curtains for The Mill, went on across the Lea  into Darnley Road to mould and finger clay, on to Queensbridge Road to thread beads, into Ridley Road Market to use a mic, upstairs into Intergenerational BSix’s unknown, and tasted Hackney big time, for the first time: To she who witnessed cusses on stage and learnt the joy of Hip Hop and S.E. Singers’ soul, who banged wool into felt in E17 and copied William M’s designs, to she who traipsed castles in Kent and twisted into shape a tea pot of plastic crochet whilst observing earth works from a tower on The Greenway, to that woman I offer my salute.

NB And she couldn’t have done it without Up Your Street.