An outdoorsy Londoner, Jude will either be riding her bike somewhere or at Stanfords surrounded by maps. Follow her @JudeBrosnan.
A whistle-stop tour of Liz Whiteman Smith’s Shoreditch illustrations
London-born Liz Whiteman Smith is an artist and printmaker who creates screen prints from drawings and her own photography. Every year she organises a group of artists who exhibit at Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch – and in previous years she’s presented illustrations of known buildings in the area. We asked Liz to give us a whistle-stop tour of London through these buildings, which, if you look at the repeated images in the background, show icons relating to the history of each site. A Child of the Jago Liz Whiteman Smith ‘The Child of the Jago name comes from a book written in 1896 by Arthur Morrison about a child from the slums. The slum was the Old Nichol slum, which was cleared in the 1890s and where the Boundary Estate was built. It is now a vintage men’s clothing shop run by Joe Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.’ The Albion ‘The Albion Café is at 2-4 Boundary Street; it was a Victorian drapery warehouse owned by Jeremiah Rotherham & Co. Ltd. They had the large haberdashery department store on Shoreditch High Street selling everything from soap to clothing and furniture from about 1860 until it was bombed in the Second World War.’ Hurley House ‘Hurley House is one of the buildings on the Boundary Estate, the first social housing in the UK built to replace the Old Nichol slums. The people who used to live here made buttons, cabinets, chairs, matchboxes and shoes; they couldn’t afford the new rents so were forced out of the area.’ Harnett & Pope
Five stands to check out at this weekend’s Spin cycling festival
From Friday until Sunday, Olympia will house more bike porn than you can dream of. Spin is London’s annual bicycle show and offers lots of extras from over 150 brands, plus a Red Light District showcasing some of the world’s most beautiful bikes. There’s also The Art Hub, which features printing workshops and some of the most creative bike lovers around exhibiting their bike art. Once you’re done drooling over the gorgeous two-wheelers, you’ll also have the chance to get caffeinated by Volcano Coffee Works, drink craft beers from Camden Town Brewery or eat at the expertly-curated street food market. But if you don’t have time to do it all, here are the five stands you should visit over the weekend: The Bike Project This charity refurbishes second-hand bikes and donates them to refugees in London. If you have an unwanted bike, you can bring it to their stand and they'll do it up and give it to someone in need. Cyclehoop Cyclehoop is responsible for those heart-shaped cycle stands that you see on signposts around London. Their products help make places more cycle-friendly while striving towards continued sustainability. Dear Susan If you always dreamed of a custom-made, hand-built frame, Petor from Dear Susan is your guy. The frame builder extraordinaire also repairs steel frames. Massif Central Obsessed with Strava? You’ll love these trophy pieces from Massif Central. Using data collected from your rides they can produce a bespoke infographic artwork. Torch The
In pictures: The Tweed Run 2017
A post shared by VicZhang (@peizhizhangriver) on May 7, 2017 at 2:27am PDT On Saturday, Lycra and cycling shorts gave way to wool and plus fours as The Tweed Run celebrated its ninth year in London. The most sartorially elegant organised bike ride made its way through town, accompanied by music and stopping occasionally for a tea break, before ending at Spa Fields where it joined up with the Cycle Revolution Festival. Tweed Run 2017, to you we doff our caps. Check out these exceedingly good pics from the day: A post shared by Tweed Run (@tweedrun) on May 6, 2017 at 4:13am PDT A post shared by The Ultimate Edwardian (@berolinensis) on May 7, 2017 at 5:34am PDT A post shared by Peter Jordan (@frenchpete_1) on May 7, 2017 at 12:40pm PDT A post shared by lauraelinak (@lauraelinak) on May 7, 2017 at 12:23pm PDT A post shared by Frances Madain (@frumadain) on May 6, 2017 at 4:35pm PDT A post shared by volmeyer (@volmeyer) on May 6, 2017 at 2:36pm PDT A post shared by Simon Lamrock (@simonlamrock) on May 6, 2017 at 11:10am PDT In more impressive cycling news, this guy travelled around the world on a Boris bike.
An artist has created a tube map out of vinyl records (and you can listen to it)
Artist Keith Haynes uses vinyl records as material for his works of art. But they’re not just any records. Each of the records used in his Map Series shares its name with a place. In galleries, some of his pieces are displayed with headphones so people can listen to the tracks as a playlist. We asked Haynes to tell us a bit about his work and share the tracks that make up its playlist. ‘I studied at Harrow School of Art (it’s no longer called that). It was record sleeve artists like Jamie Reid, Malcolm Garrett and Linder Sterling that made me want to go to art school, where I studied graphic design. ‘I love working in mixed media and, for me, the choice of materials is as important as the choice of subject matter. I describe my work as pop art created from pop materials as it’s pop in both its look and in the materials used – vinyl records, album sleeves, button badges etc. I originally started by creating portraits of my music heroes from their own vinyl and from there it seemed a natural progression to create maps in the same way, using the records and songs inspired by that particular place. ‘Searching for the right record is a big part of my work. Many hours are spent browsing record shops and record fairs, not knowing what I might uncover and what might spark another idea. For specific records, I find the internet invaluable. ‘Before cutting up any of the vinyl, I record each track and compile a unique playlist for that Map Series, so that it becomes a music
A whistlestop tour of Clare Halifax’s London Illustrations
You might already be familiar with Clare Halifax’s work as her illustrations have been displayed around London and the south-east and west of England, in museums, galleries and also literally around, as her cityscapes have been featured on cycling helmets. After studying printed textile design at Loughborough University, Clare went on to work as a designer where she developed her passion for pattern. The Hackney-based artist starts her drawings using pen on paper. From there she creates layers using Photoshop to have made into positives for silk-screen printing the final article. As well as architectural drawings, Clare draws botanical forms, some of which are currently on display at an exhibition in Bath. ‘I love the access you have to everything in London,’ says Clare. ‘There is the culture with amazing exhibitions and performances just a bus ride away. The skyline is ever-changing which is a good and bad thing, but as an artist who specialises in architectural elements, I feel privileged being allowed to document this through my work. There is also good food and great coffee.’ We asked her to take us on a whistlestop tour of London through her illustrations: Rooftops at Royal Albert Hall Royal Clare Halifax ‘The Royal Albert Hall is a building that fascinated me when I was young, in a city of squares it was this round thing. As an artist I drew it fairly early on in my career and it introduced this new colour to my work which had previously just been shades of blue:
Check out these cool London neighbourhood maps created by local artists
Spanish company Walk with Me are famous for collaborating with local artists to create neighbourhood maps. They started by mapping their hometown of Madrid, then ventured east to Barcelona, and have now landed in London to release seven maps that perfectly depict the unique flavour of our city's neighbourhoods. For each map, the illustrators - who are UAL alumni - have used their signature style to create their own cartographic interpretation of the area. Check them out: There is Shoreditch by Ruby Taylor Notting Hill by Clare Owen Dalston and Stoke Newington by Martina Paukova Hackney by Clemence Pollet Peckham by Charlotte Trounce Camden by Marina Muun Soho and Covent Garden by Daniel Clarke If you want to see these maps on display, they are available at the UAL's Creative Outlet Festive Pop-Up Shop from December 7-9 or Stanfords, Long Acre.
A whistle-stop tour of Charlotte Berridge’s Ealing illustrations
Ealing resident Charlotte Berridge studied graphic design and illustration before embarking on a career in magazines that included four years as the Creative Director of Marie Claire UK. After some time off she fell in love with her new pace of life, turned her spare bedroom into a studio and has built a business making limited-edition and personalised prints of her local area. 'Ealing has so many amazing green spaces. I particularly love our parks. They are so well kept and a constant inspiration to me. I started building my local print ideas by illustrating them,' says Charlotte. With the Ealing Half Marathon taking place on Sunday September 25, Charlotte has launched a brand new map print of the route that can be personalised with a runner's name and finishing time. We got Charlotte to show us what’s so great about the end of the line through her illustrations. Charlotte Berridge Ealing Studios 'One of the most iconic buildings in Ealing, steeped in movie history. I love the cinematic link our little corner of London has with the heyday of movie production. I always love watching the old Ealing Comedies and spotting London landmarks and Ealing streets.' Pitzhanger Manor 'This is a fantastic manor house at the entrance to glorious Walpole Park. It is currently being restored so I can’t wait to see inside it when it’s back to its former glory.' Hoover Building 'I love the architecture of the art deco period. We’re so lucky this gem has been preserved, even if it
'Carnival is a celebration of bodies', says Jude Brosnan
My mother is Trinidadian and Notting Hill Carnival is the one time of the year where I really embrace my heritage and cover it in feathers and sequins. I dance as a masquerader with the Arawak Mas band. The first time I danced in costume – which is little more than a feathered headdress – I was nervous. I had friends saying they’d call and find out where we are. I said not only would it be impossible to find us because meeting up with people at Carnival is not a thing, but I’m in a tiny bikini, so where would I keep a phone? Wait. Don’t answer that. Getting ready for Carnival is a whole world of chaos, with people glue-gunning sequins and sewing each other into things in a cloud of glitter and hairspray. All different shapes and sizes, all in the same outfits, all giving zero damns and everyone looked amazing. One of my friends once did it in costume while eight months pregnant. And it’s not just the ladies: we have men of all ages wearing just shorts and feathers. We all help each other get ready and spend the day sharing food and drinks around. We also make friends with the floats around us. I remember asking one of the other masqueraders what they did with all their old costumes and she replied, ‘Mine doesn’t make it through the day because of my behaviour.’ Sure enough, by the end of the day she had danced her feathers off and was just shaking out, having the best time ever. In London, we have about 12 days a year when we can legitimately wear shorts but in the Cari
What to see at Spin Cycling Festival this weekend
The urban cycling festival SPIN is Back at The Old Truman Brewery this weekend and showcases some of the most innovative and eclectic bike brands from all over the world. It's full of independent brands and progressive start-ups meaning that the people exhibiting are passionate about their bands and are genuinely excited to talk to and meet with cycling fans. Here are a few you should definitely go and say hi to. Hartley cycles After being featured in the Design Museum’s 'Cycling Revolution' exhibition, bespoke frame builder Caren Hartley’s bikes are on many a London cyclist’s wish list. The former jeweller's attention to detail is out of this world and her frames are a work of art in themselves. Hill & Ellis If you aren’t the Lycra type, odds are that you aren’t bowled over by the extreme sporty style bike bags. Enter Hill & Ellis – these stylish leather pannier bags are handmade in Hackney and don’t look at all bike-y. Eliza Southwood © Eliza Southwood You might have seen Eliza’s work on display at Look Mum No Hands. The artist specialises in bike art and her prints really capture her passion for cycling. Loopie Route Have you completed an epic ride or do you just really like a certain route? Loopie Route can make it into a piece of wall art using your GPS data. With lines showing the route shape and elevation, these personalised maps make great mementos. Bickerton Odds are that if you live in London, finding space for your bike (or bikes) can be tricky. B
In pictures: the Tweed Run 2016
Did hundreds of tweed-clad cyclists ride past you on Saturday? No, you didn’t go back in time – you were witnessing the eighth annual Tweed Run, the most polite, stylish bike ride in town. Starting from the Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell, the 14-mile jaunt took in the sights of London, stopping at Kensington’s Albert Memorial for a spot lunch and a group picture before heading back to Clerkenwell for a grand garden party in Spa Fields. Caps were doffed, the most enviable picnic baskets were produced, rides were pimped, and good gosh, everyone was so darn dapper. Tweed Run 2016, we salute you. Jude Brosnan There was music. Jude Brosnan Plenty of cork-popping ensured riders were kept refreshed. Jude Brosnan There was always time for tea. Jude Brosnan Riders wished 'good day' to all around. Jude Brosnan They hung with old friends. Jude Brosnan Jude Brosnan And phoned those who couldn't make it (just like the old days). Jude Brosnan There were some beautiful bikes including lots of penny-farthings. You should see their dismounting skills. Jude Brosnan And plenty of tandems. Jude Brosnan Rides were pimped. Totally on brand. Even hired rides were tweeded up. Jude Brosnan The picnics were on-point. Jude Brosnan And there were dogs. Jude Brosnan Jude Brosnan Jude Brosnan Jude Brosnan Some good old fashioned, wholesome family fun. Jude Brosnan Jude Brosnan London never looked so good. Jude Brosnan Until ne
A whistle-stop tour of Simon Fitzmaurice’s London park illustrations
Simon Fitzmaurice is an illustrator and screen printer who has worked as an editions printer and studio technician at Print Club London. One of his series is a cartographic interpretation of some of London’s parks. ‘As a keen runner who does not own a smartphone, I find myself constantly scribbling maps for possible runs on to scraps of notepaper,’ says Fitzmaurice. ‘My Victoria Park map (the first one of the series) originated from one of these rough scribbles. I was working out where Regents Canal and Hertford Union Canal connected to each other, and I ended up drawing most of the surrounding area and honing in on key landmarks for my own memory.’ Here, he tells us about his favourite London’s parks: Victoria Park 'Victoria Park is a lovely, calm green retreat in the heart of east London. I love cycling along the River Lea, and then making a leisurely diversion around the traffic-free perimeter of the park. A perfect meeting place for good friends on a day off.' Regents Park 'Regents Park is one of my favourite London parks to run in. I really enjoy following Regents Canal, and slowing down to look at the birds in the Snowden Aviary. I recommend continuing up towards Primrose Hill, and finishing your run at the top of Parliament Hill. It is one of the best views in London!' Greenwich Park 'Greenwich Park’s surrounding greenery and foliage can make me forget that I am in a city (despite stunning panorama of London from the top of Maze Hill) and not in the middle of a
Bike porn: Look mum no hands! is hosting an erotic cycling film festival
Are you into bikes? Like, really into bikes? Roll your way over to café/bar/workshop Look Mum No Hands! later this month as it'll be hosting an erotic bicycle film festival (which, if you never knew, is totally a thing). Now in its ninth and final year, Bike Smut will present a collection of short films made by cyclists from all over the world and this year’s theme is Science Friction. Make of that what you will, but it should be a funny evening celebrating creativity and sexual awareness that will have you declaring yourself 'bikesexual' in no time. For an idea of the type of videos you can expect, check out the Bike Smut website. Just don’t watch some of them if you work in an open-plan office. Bike Smut 9 is on April 29 at Look Mum No Hands!, 49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX. 9pm. £8 in advance, £10 on the door. Find out more details here.