In November, I released some portrait sketches of local SE17 characters (particular to the Pullens Estate) from their hiding places within my sketch books. They are presented as prints at the Electric Elephant Cafe, Crampton St. SE17 until the 28th January 2011. Below are some examples to peak your interest if it isn’t already peaked! (click thumbmail for larger image and brief character bio)
Some things about me and the Pullens Estate
I lived on The Pullens for about 15 years.
I had my two babies here and it’s the back-drop to their childhood. There were a lot of like-minded mums so bringing up our kids mostly was fun and sociable and inter-actively creative.
The estate had a high number of squats. Tenants and squatters united to fight and win a massive, televised eviction in the 1980’s. Battles were fought between putting on Pantomimes, Opera’s, festivals, Busking and numerous gigs.
Art and music really helped bring everyone together and raise morale.
Squatters went on to be given tenancies on their flats!
I used to work in Fair Shares food co-op and am delighted that it is still going strong.
There has been a more than generous proliferation of vivid characters living here – some who have ended up in my sketch books.
I now wish I had documented more people than did….. It was just something I did when a visitor called – in between cups of tea and cigarettes!
My collaborations with Art in the Park