What, No Gargoyles!

That walk up from Stratford to Bow is non-eventful and a bit desert-like: Not many trees until you get to Bow and what’s Bow got? No, seriously… What’s Bow got? A church, Three Mills behind a Tesco on a miserable dirty main road and The Nunnery in the artists’ quarter, as the artists call their up and coming place, wherever that is.

I found Grove Hall Park

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behind the Nunnery with its al fresco Sunday breakfast and the smell of eggs to turn your stomach while you’re trying to get immersed into Alexis’ gorgeous art in the exhibition at Bow Arts.

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I walked the walk with my camera-phone because I was on a mission, a reccy for my next piece of RAGWORKS. How Stratford changed! It was once a dirty hole. I saw the new Birkbeck Uni Campus building and await my invite to its opening.2013-09-01 12.55.04


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I was looking forward to photographing the gargoyles along Stratford High Street near Gala Bingo. Cor! Gala’s moved along and the gargoyles have been covered by new fascii.2013-09-01 11.33.41
Sunday dinner at the Castle in Walthamstow. Packed it was.I had roast lamb in gravy disguised in another name. Twas good. Others had marrow. How the poorest of veg becomes gentrified, eh?

” My day? Cosmic”, as Rodders would say.

Tesco has a greetings card collection in store called Cards Up Your Street. Gillian pulls a face meaning “Yep. Should be good”. Actually I like the designs a lot and the prices are real. When Clinton’s went bust, where did all their cards go?I checked my Tesco notice board and went along umbrella-less to Hornbeam Café  E17 to check RAGWORKS was still hanging from the picture rails in a busy place. Wednesday is second-hand day so the back store room is open to the public. I espied lots of leafy vegetables belonging to the land, to Organiclea being boxed up for bicycle delivery.

In order to thank the cooperative owners of Hornbeam for allowing me display space for RAGWORKS I decided to brunch in the café.Jams for sale in the Hornbeam Café.

I had vegan sausages which are a bit like eating flip flops.    It was time for me to get the 97 bus to Stratford and then bus along through posh new Stratford to Bow.    From the bus I saw this monument to the Olympic Torch. What’s that then?                                         

Stratford is indeed looking smart and I hardly recognized Gala Bingo! Bow Church is the other landmark besides McDonalds to guide us to The Nunnery Gallery adjoining Bow Arts Centre, Bow Road. The place had been done up since last I went. Then it was  a dilapidated place where an International Women’s Day art event was occuring. I was insulted on that day: Poor surroundings on my special day. We deserved the best environment for one day surely

.The Nunnery, Bow in east London

Just by Bow Church, east London.

Madge Gill’s art work (the G in Gill is pronounced as in garden). What beauty! We had to be in a darkened dried room as the intricate and old art work is liable to crumble. Paul and Rosamond were our hosts, with Michael in the Carmelite Café, and Annabel was our trainee informant and assistant to Rosamond. What a welcome in the Nunnery.

The work intrigued me and there were reminders of William Morris and Frida Kahlo for me as well as Ghanaian and Nigerian wax cloth . Madge worked with ink on cardboard and the effect is rich and enticing, curious and perfect.

Cup of tea £1.20.