enamel me


Interesting eh? Tiny enamel accomplished on a tiny morsel of copper.


Got the last place on a public masterclass at Institute of Making in Malet Place Malet Street WC1

Artist Helen Carmac led us mixed bunch of twelve through the method of enamelling copper then embellishing that after firing in a dinky kiln. Aaah! People lack manners, spatial awareness and clearing up skills. The number of times I had to ask people to take their powders and sponges off my work space. Maybe I AM invisible.

Anyhoo we all rushed through making miniature works of art having seen work done by Helen.

We were celebrating the Victoria Line: If ever a line needed celebrating for a boost, it’s the overcrowded, tend- to- shut- down- for- months Victoria one. The flurry of recent love for the Victoria Line is that it doesn’t reach but gets near William Morris Gallery with all the homage to a man who said that good art should be accessible to all. (He must have meant that he included his livery of servants for that, being a socialist like.) The link between the Institute of Making and William Morris is in the design and utility partnership.

wpid-2015-11-23-15.24.19.jpg.jpegWe woz there.

Thanks to IanVisits for alerting us to the workshop

The Institute of Making is only three years old in its present venue and our space was above a subterranean industrial engineering studio. Wow.

Was I fired up to do more enamelling? Why not? I did it years and years before at Hornsey Art College on Saturday mornings when you called  a Slade  a Slade.

Docklands Museum

A group of Up Your Street subscribers met our guide at Canary Wharf underground station to walk about the garden with its ornamental water features then to part of the malls. It was the breathing spell  before the lunch-time bell sounded and finance worker after finance worker would descend into the food halls so the kiosk workers were out of their cubby-holes rushing their lunches whilst grouped around the take away customer benches. I imagined working in the hot spots, standing most of the day, earning a pittance and then having no staff rest-room. Oh, sounds like McDonalds.

The mall toilets stink.

Into Cabot Square we marched and admired the fountains where water formed temporary sculptures or cascaded past red ornamental flowers. Our route took us over the bridge then into the Museum. The staff, supervising an empty reception area, actually greeted us. The place was empty.

Starting at the top floor our guide told us stories about lightermen, London Bridge, tobacco, mud larking and clay pipes as we moved from showcase to artefact.

The Museum of London at Docklands has much to see. There’s a floor devoted to the history of the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Remember Museum of Mankind? Where did all that stuff go? There was much to read.  Much to take in and empty bellies slowed us down and distracted us.

We’d just completed a course with Rosetta Art Centre about the Docklands of yore and began a new one yesterday so are up to here with east London’s  docks’ histories going from tragedies, world wars, tight-knit communities, the pollution of the Thames and onto the demise of the Royal Docks themselves. Here we were standing on old dock cobbles and timbers, the remains of a massive industry marked in a Museum surrounded by pricey beverage outlets and the water. Floating by the museum’s entrance is a church in a boat.

As our hips and thighs longed for a cushioned chair we agreed in unison that our guide had served us well and freely.

We had our picnic and sandwiches in a spacious café and an hot chocolate for over two quid a mug. (I’m going to see what IanVisits has to say about that in his museum meals’ blog!) Grandparent duties called so we headed for the DLR  to get back to outpouring schools down the line.

What a great 11th December 2014.


Thames KPMG Clipper, DLR, Royal Arsenal…. all on a Wednesday, Margaret!


It was Ianvisits who told me by way of Facebook about the Architecture Festival hosted by Berkeley Developments at The Royal Arsenal in Greenwich/Woolwich. Tickets were free to join in the PR exercise. The rush was on to get a place through Eventbrite. Everything was free. Berkeley hired privately a boat, poured out fruit juice and alcohol liberally and we snacked on sushi and some posh salad served with smiles. The sun was on our side. Our hosts were the best you could want taking us through the  film archives of the recently neglected and empty buildings at The Artillery and then on group tours around a silent neighbourhood (like Wapping and Rotherhithe in the evenings).

So, a boat ride with running commentaries guaranteeing we’d learn something about the box buildings along the river side, an interesting debate about social sustainability, plenty of snacks, a tour by majestic flat walls and the DLR home. All in jolly good company.

Weather great,

Issue 5 Up Your Street

Mon June 25th free     (To 9 September 2012)
Hidden London. “Nothing Is Set In Stone”  a monolithic installation by artist Mira Calix.  Venue: Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HN (location to south of lake) Time: Dawn to dusk  ….

                                        free 12.15pm With friends of Bruce Castle. Around Tottenham Cemetery  The walk will leave Bruce Castle Museum at 12.15pm for the short walk to the cemetery.

 Wednesday 27th June. free 7.30pm Bruce Castle Museum Autobiography of Jack the Ripper …. and his connections with Tottenham ….from Alan Hicken (of the Montacute TV, Radio and Toy Museum)

                                        free            11-1pm drop in at All Saints Church, Church Rd E15

                                    free    6-7.15pm  Travellers’ lives’ films at Hackney Library

free   Big Reads “Ulysses” with N Quentin Woolf. Internet book group

 Sat June 30th (cost and time to be announced) Open weekend at Wilton’s Music Hall (credit to IanVisits for listing)

Other good stuff….

                   free app to be had called “A Taste Of Hackney” all about Ridley Rd Market. Check your App store online.

free  textiles exhibition “SOFT” at The Mill E17 .See some RAGWORKS there.

Up Your Street issue 5

Fri  3rd Feb     tokens   Ridley Road Market, Hackney. By visiting stalls
                       and getting tokens when you spend your money you can get a designer shopping bag.
Sat 4th Feb     free 10.30 am near Hackney Wick. Watch cranes take out the lock gates.
                                                                               (credit IanVisits for info)
Mon  Feb 6th    free      2pm Some Up Your Street subscribers off to BFI free Chinese thriller film.
Mon 6th Feb   free  Phone BFI to book.   2pm. See a Chinese thriller. Refreshments too.
Wed Feb   8th £2.50       4pm  Stratford East PictureHouse “Gangs Of New York”
                                                                                                        Tea and biccies too.
                       free        2pm Rio Cinema Hackney “Jane Eyre ” (2011). Tea and cake.                   
Thurs Feb 9th free        1.30-3pm Women’s Tea Club at Ul Noor Islam Trust , Leyton Green.
                       free        6-7.45pm “Homerton Voices ” exhibition launch at Hackney Museum
Fri Feb     10th free       Cooking for the community. Hackney workshop . Details to follow.
                         free       8-11pm Open Mic Night. Hornbeam Centre, Hoe Street E17
Sat  Feb   11th   £1        11.30-2.30pm Crafts at Rokeby Centre E15
                           free     10-5.30pm Launch Of Wood Street’s Market.
                         £1.50     2.30pm St John’s Church E11. Leyton and Leytonstone Society event.
                                           “Victorian Sensations”; media of the time.
Sun   Feb    12th            Hornbeam Centre, Hoe St E17 for a Chocolate event.
                                                                           Many activities throughout Feb.
                            free    7-11pm Hoxton Hall. Colin sings Dylan and Knopfler.
                                                                                      Book through Eventbrite.
                             free entry      11-4pm  Valentine’s House events in Ilford near Gants Hill. Dance,
                                                                                                         performance and crafts.
Tues  Feb 14th:-P   £8.95   7.30pm   Film Festival showing different films until 17th Feb .
                                          Round Chapel , Lower Clapton E5. 

                           Film “Romeo and Juliet” folowed by “Casablanca” and other silvery treasures.

                                                                           Book through We Got Tickets.
Sun Feb 19th      free 4pm Neech and Oli perform at Camden Proud nr Chalk Farm Underground.
Coming To Stratford Theatre (TRSE) Concert Performances of musical songs from “Come Dancing” “The Harder They Fall” etc. Concession prices. Details soon again. Some had details already from me but many emails bounced back. AOl was having a bad air day?
All entries checked at time of uploading.
Gillian Lawrence                
Up Your Street an information-sharing service for seniors listing free events and activities in the 6 London 2012 boroughs.

for today May 29th

19 Princelet Street is open today to the public n00n to 5pm FREE. This is an ancient delapidated Hugeunot weavers’ house in Spitalfields hardly open to the public.  They need donations. £3 million in fact. Other viewings are coming up in June. Ian Visits tweeted the info so credit to him.

Today free street acts , music,bingo and tea dance (4-6pm) in Stratford east London. Noon to 6pm