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.