March 8th 2017 At The Mill Coppermill Lane.
It is International Women’s Day and so we were a dozen mostly older women after-hours at a workshop given by Anna Alcock of Inky Cuttlefish. Did we all know what special day it is?
Anna introduced vigorously the now quite hackneyed topic of invisible women artists. Noticeably, the Tate is up to its neck in events and films about said same.The assumption was that we in the room all knew nothing about the fact that art galleries hardly pronounce in blazes of glory the existence of women in art. Our local William Morris Gallery was cited as a museum which never promotes women artists. I managed to promote myself for I do have two solo exhibitions for IWD 2017 and then have a hung work in the Tower Gallery and that is an all-women exhibition. A passing seagull would have shown more interest.
“It is hard to be a mother and an artist”. It’s bloomin’ hard to be a mother. It’s hard to be a mother and any kind of creative. It has always been and still is and so the only way forward is to be pro-active, actively promote women artists because of their gender primarily and bring about change. I added in that women need to retweet women artists’ tweets and share information about women art exhibitions through Facebook and the like. They don’t. I have many exhibitions on at present and the amount of sharing of information is almost non-existent. Meanwhile I’ll be busily promoting people I don’t care about but in the name of women power it has to be. It was evident that many of the women there tonight for example do not use social media.
Most people do not share other women’s joy.
“It seems okay to promote women in craft but not in the traditionally male work arena of printing”.
We printed and made samples as mementoes of our learning.
Tues Feb 28th free 11-1pm Pancakes for Claremont members at White Lion Street.
Wed Mar 1st free Two art exhibitions acknowledging International Women’s Day 2017.
“Champions” paintings featuring Hilary, Mary, and Marcella from Up Your Street and then other worthy local women represented in acrylic at Hackney Central Library for the month.
“Headscarves 1950s” at Stratford east Picturehouse all month.
Thurs Mar 2nd free 11.30-noon East London Radio. “Champions” art and radio. Here we are linking to Gillian Lawrence’s art in Hackney. Studio guest this week is mover and shaker, Claire Weiss.
Sun Mar 5th free Noon-3pm Stoke Newington. Made in Hackney vegan cookery. Phone to book.
Wed Mar 8th £2 6-8pm The Mill “Printing from a Woman’s Perspective”. With Anna Alcock.
free 6-8pm “51% Remember Her”. Art exhibition and entertainment at the Tower Gallery in Barking Road. Lots of steps. Friendly venue. Active church.
Thurs Mar 9th free 11.30-noon Soul Conscious Creations Hyacinth Myers takes to Cyberspace talking as Mary Katherine’s guest at East London Radio as part of Gillian Lawrence’s art project, “Champions” at Hackney Central Library.
free 4-5pm for Claremont members. Informal launch of the latest art exhibition “Paradise”. It’s a sale too.
Exhausted from and happy to have completed my art work for my exhibition called “Champions” acknowledging International Women’s Day 2017 because an artist has to promote and design that promotion too and curb vanity, modesty and find a path of equilibrium without sinking into questioning any futility and finding the energy to be positive, then The Claremont Project is great in that it provides an opportunity to plunge into a distraction. It offers members walls and themes to get them using art for their own expression. It sets time schedules and so encourages discipline and time-management. You don’t even have to buy art materials: you can go along to the art exhibition preparation workshop, meet great seniors and chat along with coffee and free resources.
It’s a hoot.
I myself have begun my own canvas entitled “Paradise” which is the theme for March’s exhibition. I cannot order any more paint so will have to scour charity shops for a little bit of white and some yellow. Cass Art has a sale on . Ebay is always cheaper. I’d moved house recently and stored some ex-exhibition paintings on canvas in plastic in a shed. Boy, those rains found a way in so three frames were soaked and mouldy. Into the bin. Didn’t hurt. These days artists photograph all their work.
Carne Griffiths is giving generously a free workshop about fluid creating. The man uses tea bags? That’s at Cass Art, Islington but it’ll be first come first served, a bit like Black Friday at Asda and edging forward in a queue with art students or youngsters. Maybe not.
On Thursday next there’s another free workshop using indigo something in printing which Walthamstow’s darling, William Morris loved to use, or more like his workforce used. Sba Shaikh of Mehraj Textiles is also generous giving people a chance to try. Should be adults only as its the Gallery’s Lates evening. We’ll see.
And on IWD another freebie at The Mill E17 printing from a woman’s perspective with Inky Cuttlefish’s director, printer celebrated, Anna Alcock. Inky Cuttlefish, such a name conjuring up images of black ink, fish fins and lines.
Going back to Claremont, there is quite a clique of art- interested bods who have access to tours of curator-led exhibitions especially in Islington, and outwith. Claremont organises art therapy and other therapies alongside art classes at £2 a pop. Hilary Davis of E17 and beyond shares her craft skills there showing sewing techniques and organising reminiscence projects. She’ll feature at East London Radio on Mary Katherine Presents on March 30th. One of the visiting Claremont art therapists is Amanda Whittle who runs CreativiTEA in Waltham Forest on a Saturday once a month. Now that is not therapy although I have seen tears and heard angst there as I munched through my chocolate chunk. Amanda will also make sounds at East London Radio this March as a studio guest of Mary Katherine all part of my art exhibition called what? Champions.
The sun’s out. It’s sweet Saturday. There are three local walks I know about today. I also know it’s c-c-c-cold. Bravo all the seniors I know putting one foot in front of the other.
That was something else: a free evening at the Gallery in all its glory for teachers and those imparting knowledge. I’d been to cultural evenings before following the refurbishment of the magnificent old house and am used to the old now brilliant white staircase up to the top and the once squeaky floorboards. Imagine the maids in days of yore; up and down fetching and carrying for ole Bill and his ilk.
The main temporary exhibition is ….wait for it…..awesome. I loved it. I saw creams and browns, witches and spiders. Kinda topical!
There were free demonstrations for the attending teachers all about textiles and prints and weaving and block printing and there was free wine with nuts.
So many people I know in Leyton have no idea where is William Morris Gallery, let alone the Village.
The moon was high and nigh on full. It was good to see the viewing gallery from the outside in the dark and to get a show from the coloured lights inside.