Issue 35. Up Your Street

Hornbeam  Café shut for the week. Re-opens 31st Aug2013-08-05 11.00.50Advertising the Paint Shop at The Hornbeam. Ragworks_Logo (1)View at The Hornbeam an homage to a Victorian Sampler in E17. There are wood-turned items for sale too. Very reasonably priced. And home-made bread!

Wed 28th Aug free. Screening of “Lincoln” . 7-9pm North Chingford Lib. Book with Waltham Forest Libraries.

Sat 31st Aug                       free Linda Green . The artist is holding an ‘Open Studio’ on Sat.31st August and Sun 1st September from 10am-6pm at

48A PEMBROKE ROAD E17.  Ceramics, photos, paintings

info@lindagreenarts. (Promoted by The Mill E17).

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage…….

Wed 4th Sept                    free LPSH  10-noon . Tree walk.lloyd park 2

Fri 6th Sept           free  1.10-2pm Christ Church, Spitalfields. Vintage America songs with piano, guitar,and classical singers. Gershwin, Foster, Copland.

Christ Church first Friday of the month free concerts!

Sat 7th Sept           free  noon-4pm Cathall Green family arts event.   Theme: Sustainability                      

                                  free  12-3pm Hornbeam event; Buskers’ Brunch.

Thurs 12th Sept   free  7.30-10.30pm screening of ” Django Unchained” (18). Walthamstow Library. Book in advance with Waltham Forest Libraries.


Hornbeam and The Pearl Earring Girl

You would think that I’d be the darling of the pop up art world what with my recycled materials, vintage threads, crafty fingers, global awareness and nods to multiculturalism. Ha, not so. Plodding on with hardening fingertips which should be protected by a thimble I do my own promoting and hanging of RAGWORKS with a little help from Mo and Cirillo. I continue to blow my own trumpet

Ragworks_Logo (1).

RAGWORKS by Gillian Lawrence is a collection of hand-made and sewn wall-hangings using discarded textiles and retrieved thread. The nursery rhyme and world folk-lore characters e.g. Anansi, Humpty Dumpty and Puff, have travelled into their own unique exhibitions in 5 London boroughs and have been asked back for Winter 2013.

I forage (fashionable word) for textiles by visiting a garment manufacturer. Previously  I’d sort through their black bags full of fag-ends and Costa cartons and the treasures of acrylic furs, vinyl belts, herringbone tweeds and glittery sequinned pockets, when it was snowing, and early in the morning. At last the owner responded properly to my begging and reserved beautiful fabrics for me. What I don’t use, can’t store, I give to the Roma Gipsies on my street. I acknowledged my benefactors on a blog. I asked tailors along High Streets to reserve their discarded threads for me and so I collected many dust piles. The miserable men just don’t get the recycling bug.

I love with a passion the creativity I soak in and then share on my wall-hangings. There’s a release of a kind and when a work’s complete I know because I am satisfied. Just as I create, so I destroy and take apart work to re-use the same textiles and thread now full of my DNA.

Today “Girl With A Pearl Earring” settled on the white brick interior wall at the Hornbeam Café in Hoe Street Walthamstow E17. and awaits on a promise of a buyer.pearl version 2 at Hornbeam 090713

We’ll see.

RAGWORKS at The Hornbeam Café in E17

Hornbeam bags 2“Embellished Bags”.

                   At The Hornbeam Café right plonk in the “Appetite” festival time RAGWORKS is on display. Down came the nine elephants of Goa and up went linen bags embellished with recycled and rescued textiles and sequins. 
                  The Café was looking beautiful today with the hanging bags, Kat in her African dress and the sun streaming onto the buggies and jam-jars. Well worth a visit and the hot chocolate!

Issue 19. Up Your Street

Fri 30th Nov free New exhibition from the RAGWORKS collection at the Hornbeam Vegan Café in Hoe Street E17. RAGWORKS is a collection of wall-hangings made from recycled textiles.

£4.50     6.50pm Book at Stratford PictureHouse E15 for 11th Dec Gala evening at Stratford PictureHouse to see Lesely Garrett and Amore and Hoffman’s film “Quartet” with Q&A.

Sat 1st Dec    free 9 am  Re-opening on the View Tube, Green Way E15. Accessed from Hackney Wick or Pudding Lane Station (DLR)

Sun 2nd Dec free 1.30-5pm Christmas Fair .  Christ Church Spitalfields E1

Thurs 6th Dec free   2.30pm – 4pm Disability History Month Reminiscence Session at DABD, 177 Valence Wood Road, Dagenham, RM8 3AJ,  With Eastside Community Heritage.

Fri 7th Dec       free 2.30pm – 4pm Disability History Month Reminiscence Session at DABD, 177 Valence Wood Road, Dagenham, RM8 3AJ, .

7-9pm  Red Door Studios E6. Night Party (craft fair).

Sat 8th Dec free 9am start Nordic walking group then a 3 course Christmas Dinner at The Eagle in Snaresbrook £10.99. Book with Dan on 07971539050

free 12pm – 8pm.Launch of AbPhab’s latest project, “Making Music”, as part of the the Together! 2012 Disability Arts Film Festival, UEL Docklands Campus, beautiful place.

Sun 9th Dec free 7.30pm St John’s of Jerusalem Church, Lauriston Rd E9 . Brahm’s “German Requiem”.

free noon-4pm Hackney City farm Christmas Fair

Week beginning Monday 10th December. Free Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner courtesy of Waltham Forest Council. Various venues and times. Phone the WF Council.

Wed 12th Dec. free noon-3pm  “East End to East End”, talk by Ted Parker about the anti-aparteid movement and anti-racist movements in the east end of London, followed by a reminiscence session facilitated by Eastside Community Heritage, Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, 12pm – 3pm.

free 6.30pm. Ramfel Conference “Migration Matters”, “Luo Community in East London” Exhibition and Film Screening at the Old Town Hall  Stratford E15. Free tickets at  Eventbrite UK London

Hackney PictureHouse on a wet sunday.

As Vistaprint says “There’s nothing better than free”.

Came out of the rain and swallowed the last ticket for the members’ freebies screening of “ARGO” at Hackney PictureHouse. Hackney PH does it for me: Clean, luxury seating, attentive polite staff and an ambient hum about the place. The lift was down today. Mechanicals, eh! I knew the pre-booked event would not be a full house because it was bucketing down as Hurricane Sandra’s offspring tried to match her maliciousness. It was wet, wet, wet soaking the headscarves of the trouping African church-going mothers and bringing out the designer wellies on laptop hipsters.

Earlier I’d gone up to Rich Mix, not my favourite place, to join in the East End Routes day headed by Patrick Vernon OBE. Two rooms on different floors were set up with displays and a fully-equipped play area for the kiddies. A nice vibe. I’ve always rated Vernon’s talks and projects. I supported him today.

RAGWORKS wanted to join in the Routes day but Rich Mix is strict about what pins are used to brighten their walls. Another time.

Red Riding Hood is in another kinda rich mix venue: The Hornbeam Café in Bakers Arms with other world-wide folk-lore characters. I passed the Hornbeam Café on the bus and the lounge lights in there threw a spot on the evil, white-furred  Snow Queen. She’ll be praying for snow.

“Argo” is great. Went back in time to 1979 (Thatcher rising) and Iran. The film is gripping with one damn handsome actor hardly moving a muscle doin’ his thing and in the tense nail-biting story there were dry, dry jokes leaving us chuckling over our pop-corn and wetness. The acting is brilliant and the events are based on the true story of the rescuing of six Canadians from revolutionary Iran in those days.

At my Hackney bus stop I turned to see a mate. Sad looking and thinner than in the summer, he told me he was off to the soup kitchen in Lower Clapton. Whatever next?

Now there’s free and there’s free.

I’m blogging for “A Season Of Bangla Drama”. That’s more free stuff too.  All to the good and yes Vistaprint is quite right.

Exhibition on in the foyer of Hackney PictureHouse:-

Up Your Street Issue 3

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Busy London! Remember Up Your Street finds free or very cheap activities for seniors

Tues Aug 7th free 10 am  (on until Aug 31st). At the Rich Mix in Bethnal Green Rd, a  photographic  exhibition in the mezzanine:- “The Green East End”.

Fri Aug 10th £2    2-4pm (weekly) drop in art at The Centre For Better Health,

Darnley Rd, Hackney

                         free     6-8pm, Tokarska Gallery Forest Rd E17  (just by Blackhorse Rd Station).  Book for an evening conversation “Writing about Painting” Dr Pen Dalton

Sat Aug 11th free        3pm Hoxton Hall. The Black Cab Theatre , Dalston, is hosting a participatory performance! Exhibition too until 6pm. Book via Eventbrite or Hoxton Hall.

                                           free  7.30 for 8pm. Epicentre West Road E11 (next to Cathall Rd Leisure Centre.) Parking too. News from Nowhere Club presents a talk on FairTrade. Refreshments and a great venue.

Mon Aug 12th £2  10-noon  (weekly)The Centre For Better Health ,Darnley Rd (opp Hackney Town Hall) Ceramics and jewellery making.

In advance

Booking now at Priory Court Community Centre E17 . Free fabric courses beginning Sept 26th on Wednesday all day for 5 weeks.

RAGWORKS is on display until August 30th at the Hornbeam Café, Hoe Street E17. The Café opens Weds to Saturdays.

Eagerly awaiting an art exhibition at the Mill E17 called “Gifted”. Watch this space!

“Chariots of Fire ” about the 1924 Paris Olympics is coming up on Film 4 this week also coming up on 12th September at The Rio, Dalston and so is “Passport To Pimlico” .

Remember there are hundreds of things going on but Up Your Street finds free or very cheap events and activities for seniors.