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.

3 thoughts on “RAGWORKS comes to town

  1. me March 18, 2012 / 10:58 am

    Gorgeous stuff. Everyone should see it.

  2. Debra March 19, 2012 / 1:18 pm

    hello – how long will your art work be on display?

    • upyourstreet March 19, 2012 / 1:54 pm

      until March 31st at SEP then it moves to Walthamstow then to Hackney until the end of April. Details will be posted next week.
      Good news Marcella of Stratford east Singers and OpenStage and a whole heap of other adventures,just won some Premier Radio tix to see Muyiwa and Riversongz gospel at HMV Apollo in June. Wow!!

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