Finally got out for the first time of the year, for a chance to get a couple of the girls together, with a few tins of paint and an ideal excuse to put some colours on walls. With Patricia and Miqui 1-Stop, we had a plan, to try to get the logo of Chasing Lights Collective up and collaborate with each other to re-generate our love for tinkering with paint tins.. Great to be out for the day and re-establish the need to get surrounded with colour, on a regular basis.
This year has been busy and hard work in many ways, but probably my least personally creative year. I’ve dipped in and out of paint jams with Unity but have struggled to get past a block that seemed to last for months. In the middle of this, I got chatting to my brother and was invited to get out of the country and go join him to paint a block of flats in Grenoble, France.
As always, Will has a habit of keeping everything low key and when I booked my train ticket to take a week out to join him, I’d no idea how big, going big was going to be.. Except for being told I would have the chance to drive a cherry picker – that gave me the inclination that it was going to be off my usual scale.
Depression has a way of making you feel that you are an insignificant dot amongst the landscape and living in London has left me feeling with an overwhelming sense of my works unimportance. Having the chance to spend a week with my brother and get a masterclass in going big, gave me the magic pep back in my step.. For the first time in months, I was travelling away from the world of the office and ready to see something new. I’d been suffering from visits of the black dog for months and although not the first time in my life that I’d been ill, this was the first time I actively acknowledged this was happening and on a level I’d not seen before.
There’s something really weird about being high up on a cherry picker and watching how these kinds of walls are tackled. Its a whole new way of thinking about colour, shapes and brushes. Will used a mixture of rollers, paint, brooms, even larger paint brushes, spray paint and the pair of us spent 5-6 days up on a crane, making his marks on a block of flats. The event was the Grenoble Street Art Festival and the artist roster was incredible. We met some amazing people, who really looked after us well and kept us smiling despite the rain. I felt really honoured to be able to participate in this, as Will’s assistant/sidekick/sister and loved seeing all the styles and variations of Street Artists working on sites across town.
For smiles and chance to get a new perspective on life, this was a super charged kick up the backside and I highly recommend watching how these guys paint, whenever you get chance xx
Its been a busy couple of months, and also really laid back. I’ve been really lucky to snatch some days out with Unity, Sofly, Miqui Onestop, Miller and loads more lovely people, on both Cardiff Boardwalk and Leake Street, London. But it doesn’t stop there.. this month there’s a few more sessions planned and I’m working on canvases and some illustrations to make into prints.. Will be letting you know more soon xx
To mark the start of the year, a few of us got together in Shoreditch for a cold, but happy paint on Blackall Street. Painting over the Saturday & Sunday, the event was organised and supported by Femme Fierce with the space organised by Global Street Art.
Artists included Elno, Giusi Tomasello, Mondi, Mutiny, Pyklops, New Art Rioter, Sofly and Unity.
Big thanks to all the bloggers and supporters of the event. There’s more info and pictures available on the Street Art Atlas FB album or on my Instagram page. Big thanks to Global Street Art and Femme Fierce for organising and all the ladies who came to paint xx
Another fantastic Summer painty session was enjoyed at Soundwave Croatia, hosted once more at the Garden, Tisno earlier this month. Artists from across the UK and Croatia joined us this year as we were able to take over a number of buildings across the site. Artists included Sri McKinnon, Curse273, Will Barras, Kaption1, Mimm Collective, Fors, Kai One and Alex, Jack O’Callaghan, Cazer, Mosk, Smack, Teoson, Artez, and Luna. Big thanks to everyone who made it so special xx
Unity, Sri McKinnon and myself joined up with 100 female writers last weekend in Leake Street, London to participate in a Guiness World Record Attempt to complete the biggest spray paint mural by a team.. The event was organised to bring female street art and graffiti artists together, to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and to celebrate International Women’s Day.