The piece is representative of ‘Poplar past, present and future’ the suffragettes in East London through to the development works and employment opportunities and communites in Tower Hamlets now…
This is an outreach project which I’ve been working on for several weeks. The individual illustrations have been created by Tower Hamlets based community groups (including local primary schools, classes for elderly participants and a few of my own characters).
The image represents Poplar; past, present and future, from the suffragettes in East London, the current, constant redevelopment work and new high rise flats and the future of the area: further construction and jobs for local people.
I have a finalising meeting on Wednesday morning and the finished result will be put on permanent display at Poplar DLR station. This is a local station to me and it feels very exciting and a privilege to be involved in the making of something so close to home.
Every Saturday (until next week as we finish for the year) I teach Art on the Saturday school programme for Newham based 8-12 year olds at Rosetta Art Centre.
We’ve had a fantastically rich six months, covering ceramics, drawing, painting techniques, mixed media, ceramics and last Saturday had splendid results; we worked as a team and painted large-scale Aboriginal inspired animals onto a banner.
I think it looks fantastic…
I will be facilitating a free workshop in which yow will get to create your own vintage inspired Artwork, followed by a solo P.V. of my work
All levels welcome, it is a fun, therapeutic, experimental activity in which you will be left with your own Doll/character artwork, which you will be able to take home….
The workshop will be held between 5-6pm on Thursday 10th November at Rosetta Art Centre and will be followed by a private view of my work between 6-8pm.
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Mono & screen printed banner, following theme of local people/culture
Mono & screen printed banner, following theme of Upton Park Market and local foods/specialities…Created during a series of workshops for adults with Leaning Difficulties at Harold Rd Centre.
I had a wonderful day at The Cult House Christmas Pop-Up Show yesterday and met some great people – I’ll be here again today from 3-8pm at 93 East, 150 Brick Lane. Selling Textiles, mini Artworks, Limited Edition Giclee Prints, bespoke, handmade jewellery & handmade greeting cards:
Last Thursday was the opening night of exhibition ‘Brew’ – the coffee shop I exhibited my ‘Alternative Tea Party’ painting is very contemporary and so quirky, also met some wonderful fine Art students from UCA Farnham who curated the show………come and have a look ‘BREW’, (Goswell Rd, London)
Just 2 days till the opening night of ‘Brew’, which I will be exhibiting my ‘Alternative Tea Party’ painting in Pop-up Gallery in Goswell Street, pop along………..
7 – 9pm, Goswell Road Street coffee – 160-164 Goswell Road.
My Fashion Doll Exhibition is proving to be a huge success :), it finishes on the 31st August, so don’t forget to pay it a visit before it ends!
London Fashion Dolls at The Brady Art and Community Centre near Brick Lane in conjunction with Tower Hamlets Council.
6th August- 31st August
Mon- Fri 9am – 7pm, Sat 10.30am – 5pm
|Brady Arts and Community Centre|
|Address||192-196 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5HU|
|Tel||020 7364 7900|
Veronica Rowlands is a London based designer whose passion lies in Fashion Illustration and Surface Pattern Design.
One source of inspiration for her work comes frequent visits to museums such as the Museum of Childhood and Pollock’s Toy Museum where she has made many drawings of vintage dolls or toys. She has given them a contemporary twist through experimenting with a range of exciting and flamboyant colours, adorning them with edgy current trends, in order to preserve and set free the inner child!
Rowlands has more recently been making visits to Brick Lane and surrounding areas to explore the imagery and architecture which has inspired the development of the ‘London Fashion Dolls’ collection.
The architectural styles portrayed in the collection provide interesting juxtapositions between modern builds and classic buildings which highlight the temporal contrasts of the East London cityscape – old charm, new dynamism as well as the Avant Garde milieu of Brick Lane which is a 10 minute walk from beating heart of the financial district – a sprawling, architecturally diverse yet cohesive urban hub.
The Fashion Dolls display a cutting edge mix of vintage and with contemporary, cutting edge attire to show the strong styles and changes within this area. – London Borough of Tower Hamlets
All of my work is now up and I’m preparing for the big Press Night next Tuesday (18.30-21.00) Here are a few pics of the preperation and stages between hanging.