The image above is taken from a map, I am making, of the Charing Cross area of London. It is made from the red shirts (old uniforms worn by myself and my colleagues) which I blogged about earlier. This section of the map is the area covered by The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery. I intend the finished piece to be much larger.
All of the faces have been cut from two issues of ’Completely London’, which regularly finds itself on my doormat. I don’t throw it away because it is a great read and a thing of beauty. If you don’t know it, it’s a high quality free magazine produced by the estate agents, Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward. It is not thrown together. It looks good, smells good, and often finds its way into my art – although, I never go searching for it and only ever use the copies which arrive, unannounced, at my door. The articles are generally about my favourite subject – people who are doing things against the grain. Above, are some of these people, plus some others who happened to fit nicely into the spaces. Below, I aim to tell you who they are. I have sewn them onto my map out of admiration and with respect, and hope they see it that way.
I am now going to try and name everybody correctly. In front of me I have a pile of notes and magazine remains….. this may take longer than the sewing.
Numbers 1-19 are taken from Issue 11 and numbers 12-36 are taken from Issue 9.
1. From a hand-drawn sign advertising Peculiar Unisex Hair of Leyton. The photograph was originally taken from Shit London by Patrick Dalton, 2011.
2. Alex Hunter, who (along with Danny Clancy) owns Bonnie Gull, a “unique venue serving up a sandy slice of nostalgia pie” in Fitzrovia. Article by Zeren Wilson and photograph by Anders Schonnemann. I would’ve included Danny too, except he was at a really odd angle. Might try and include his apron somewhere else in the map.
3. Jessica Cargill Thompson, writer/editor. Wrote the article about Stephen Wright ( see 18).
4. Laura Tennant, journalist.
5. Jon Enoch, photographer, see 15.
6. Vic Lee, a brilliant artist, mainly depicting images of London.
7. Donna Hardie, Editor of ‘Completely London’.
8. The actress in the advert for Ligne Roset, if you know her name please give me a shout.
9, 10 and 11 are taken from an article by Rupert Mellor about people who do random acts of kindness. The photographs were taken by Travis Hodges (see 35).
9. Gem Rudd-Orthner, goes around London giving out balloons willy nilly. Brilliant. I have tried to add a link to Gem, but without success.
10a, b and c. Members of The Kindness Offensive, who do random acts of kindness. Look them up, they’re great. David Goodfellow is the founder. Know the other two?
11. Arlene Cameron, an all-singing, all-dancing lollipop lady. She works outside South Grove Primary School in Walthamstow.
12. Taken from a photograph by Rhapsody Media.
13. Two images from a poster on the wall of a gorgeous house, in East Dulwich, belonging to Ben Anders (who took the photograph) and Vanessa Leigh-Anders. Anyone know the artist?
14. Street artist unknown, but is working on Belisha beacons in EC1. Photograph by Patrick Dalton (see 1).
15. I’m afraid this lady doesn’t get a credit, she is in a photograph to accompany an article about happiness. Jon Enoch (see 5) took the photograph.
16. Rufus Hound, taken from the advert for ‘One Man, Two Govnors’ at The National Theatre.
17. Dr. Mervi Pitknen, who, like me, loves Blackheath.
18. Stephen Wright, artist. Stephen’s art is his house. It looks amazing, and you can visit. Full of dismembered dolls (I have included some in my piece), plastic hair rollers, glass eyeballs, false teeth, Max Bygraves LPs……. I love it when he says, “I’m only looking for certain things. Things that speak to me. Imperfections are important and I don’t like things that are clean and spotless. I like things that have been used, that have a bit of history, a memory.” His other stuff is incredible, as well. I take my hat off to you, Stephen. The article was written by Jessica Cargill Thompson (see 3), and the photographs were taken by Ingrid Rasmussen (see 32).
19. Harry Cloudfoot, who likes to shimmy along a low-strung piece of elastic between two trees. Slacklining, it’s called. There are groups of people doing this in parks all over London. Sounds great, but news to me. Photograph by Martin Usborne, article by Tabby Kinder.
20 and 21. Ronald Grant and Martin Humphries, co-founders of Kennington’s ‘Cinema Museum’ ( located in the Master’s House of the former Lambeth Workhouse, where Charlie Chaplin once lived. Article by Rupert Mellor, photographs by Martin Usborne. They do all kinds of exciting stuff, check them out.
22. Chris Pounds has been the farm manager at Hackney City Farm for 12 years. This area was farmland up until the 1850′s, nice that it’s farmland again, satisfying.
23. Penelope Koliopoulou is a brilliant young artist. In her photographs she plays both parts of an imaginary couple. She won first prize in a competition hosted by KFH to find new artistic talent.
24a and b. Joseph Egan and Hunter Thomson met in a library (like them already) and create installations which need to be viewed from a certain angle. I love their work. The site listed in the magazine is colourblinddesign.com, I tried to add a link here – but kept getting a foodie website. Could be my fault.
25. These absolutely wonderful illustrations were made by Annette Moi, who was highly commended in the competition won by Penelope Koliopoulou (see 23).
26, 27 and 28 are all taken from a beautifully photographed (by Ingrid Rasmussen, see 32) article about the demise of the classic London caff.
26. This lady is from Gambardella, a cafe in Vanbrugh Park, SE3. It opened in 1927 and is now run by James and Alex (perhaps this is her?) Petrillo. Part of the interior was an old Lyon’s tea room.
27a and b. This couple don’t get a mention, but they are featured in a photograph of River Cafe, Putney Bridge Approach SW6.
28. I’m assuming this is Nev Pellicci who runs E Pellicci in Bethnal Green. E Pellicci (once a meeting place for the Krays) is listed and was established in 1900. I love the beautifully written board (white writing on red) displaying hot drink choices.
29. Glenn Horder (here dressed as Elizabeth I – the rest of his outfit is amazing), who ‘has a repertoire of characters that ranges from Audrey Hepburn to the Queen’. Taken from an article about ‘those for whom the lure of the dressing-up box goes way beyond the odd outfit hire’. Photograph by Travis Hodges (see 35). I placed this picture on the area of my map which is the site of The National Portrait Gallery, as there are a couple of exquisite portraits of the real Elizabeth I on display there. I searched through my entire collection of magazines just to find this picture of Glenn, it was worth it. The National Portrait Gallery is on the site of a workhouse.
30. Elizabeth II. Part of a small article about events taking place to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. Photograph by Cecil Beaton.
31. These are lovely illustrations by Chris Bianchi, of Debut Art, for an article about the Great Beer Flood of 1814. A giant vat of beer, at a brewery now the site of The Dominion Theatre, burst open and flooded the local area. Eight people were killed. The brewery was taken to court, but the judge found that the victims had died as an Act of God. Keith Barker-Main wrote this article, which I read three times.
32. Ingrid Rasmussen, photographer. See 18, 26, 27 and 28.
33. Karen Hodkinson, journalist. See 24.
34. Edwin Heathcote, writer and architect.
35. Travis Hodges, photographer. See 9, 10, 11 and 29.
36. Four images. Abi Lees, Tom Lancaster, Evie, and a lovely chalk drawing by Evie. It was taken from an article by Dominic Lutyens about ‘Shoe String Chic’, which shows how Abi and Tom decorated their beautiful home in Crouch End. It was Evie’s chalk drawing that caught my attention, but I’m pleased that I also managed to squeeze in the artist and her parents.
37. The only face not to be taken from ‘Completely London’. It is, of course, the face of Max from ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ by the great Maurice Sendak, who died almost exactly a year ago. This map started out being a bit of a tribute to Sendak, but it took a different path as ‘Completely London’ was pushed through my letterbox and I remembered that picture of Glenn dressed as Elizabeth I.
This list is very much a work in progress, I have tried to credit everyone faithfully. I have tried to add all of the links given in the magazine. It has taken ages! I did it because it doesn’t seem right to use a picture of a person without mentioning who they are. and informing them (my next task). I have not enjoyed it as I have yearned to get back to my map, and also worried that I would offend someone. I hope I haven’t misspelled a name or missed someone out. If you know something I don’t, please tell.