Graffitti in and around Brick Lane

If you're a regular reader you will know of my unhealthy obsession of street art, grafitti, urban art - whatever you want to call it. I had sometime to kill before I went to the Crafty Fox catch up so what is a girl to do when in Brick Lane  with a camera - yep you've guessed it! Here are my latest finds:

 First up this simply incredible homage to the sadly department Terry Prachett. I have read all Discworld books and credit Sir Terry as the author who got me into reading. I was diagnosed as being dyslexic in my late 20s and I've always been a slow reader. As I kid I never actually enjoyed reading a book for fun but this all changed when I stepped foot into Discworld.
 I'd heard about this art work for sometime but hadn't seen it in the flesh before. And it was simply mindblowing and inspired by the original Discworld art work of Josh Kirby
 I would have taken an overall view but there was a group of rather drunk people further down the wall and as there weren't many people about I didn't want to draw too much attention to myself but I hope these pictures give you the basic idea. I'll hopefully get to take some more pictures when I go to Manmade in a couple of weeks time.

 Opposite the Discworld artwork were these two (up and down)

 Just off Brick Lane is Grimsby Street which is recent discovery for me and is always full of new artwork. This is one by Selor
 Loved that even this old fridge was a canvas for someone
 I love Art is Trash's work and was delighted to see this
 Another two Selor pieces
This still makes me smile. It's by the iconic Stix 
The next set of photos are from around the streets of Brick Lane. Unfortunately I don't know the name of many of the artists but these are the images that stuck out. 

 Though I was able to see more by Selor
 Does this count? Made me smile....
And finally I struck gold (well I felt I had). Last year OH and I went to Ghent, the home of the artist Roa. Always black and white and always stunning. I think I just love their simplicity and I spotted not one but two pieces I haven't seen before. 

Crafty Fox catch up at Jimbobart's Shop, Cheshire Street

The other night I attended a Crafty Catch Up organised by the Crafty Fox and held in the wonderful shop of Jimbobart over on Cheshire Street, just off Brick Lane, whose work you will recognise if you are a Crafty Fox regular as he does all the artwork for the market.
It was so much fun hanging out in the shop 

 But we soon found ourselves enjoying the rather splendid garden out the back.
Although it had been a really sunny day the sun had sadly disappeared by early evening but it was nice to hang outside chatting with like minded people. Here are a few shots from the evening

And of course I couldn't resist taking some pics within the shop which is a feast for the eyes and will make you smile - I promise!

Jimbob's shop also features the fantastic work by Zach Maclaughlin who works in wire and paper. His attention to detail is mindblowing! 

Both Jimbobart and Zach will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Manmade on 12th and 13th June, an idea from Crafty Fox regular Mr Wingate who with Etsy UK and the Crafty Fox Market will celebratie men who make. And if you visit you could combine with a visit to Jimbobart's shop which is about 5 mins away from the venue. Perfect! 

A trip down the Thames in black and white

From the sunshine of Friday to the grey of today, Bank Holiday Monday. OH and I had a very lazy start to the day and only made it out of the house late in  the afternoon. But we wanted to do something different, OK when I say we I mean I. So we headed to North Greenwich 
 Now you might think that my idea was to go on the cable car over the Thames. But we've already done that.  
 Though it does look might fine, even on a grey day. 
No I suggested a trip down the river on one of the clippers. Now we've been down the river before but it's usually on a party boat such as a wedding party. But never just as a tourist. And trust me there were loads of them.... 
 But with a discount on our Oyster card we settled down for a journey down to Embankment. We got up close and personal with the O2. Can you see the people on the top? Rather them than me. 

 Naval College
 The City 

 You see all sorts on the river, again rather them than me
 OH and I have been to the Captain Kidd, pirate country in Wapping and the execution site of pirates. 
 The river view of the River Police station over in Wapping, where my second cousin Pete works
 Great view of Tower Bridge 
 And going underneath the bridge. 
 Next up was alongside the Tower of London. Luckily we didn't have to enter through Traitor's Gate
 And the Walkie Talkie building. When I was in hospital back in 2013 they were building this and I had a prime view as the hospital was opposite this. Was great to see it finished. 
 The further into central London you get the more bridges you come across 
 Including the Millennium Bridge in front of St Paul's. 

And our last view before we disembarked at was of the Dazzle ship. Inspired by the camouflaged warships of World War I. 

Hope you enjoyed my mini trip down the Thames. It was a great way to get a different view of the city. Next time we want to go down to Kew though we've decided that it should be on a sunny day. Hope the Black and White pics haven't brought you down....