Antwerp Map - coming soon

A few months ago I was approached by a gallerist from Antwerp, who asked me if I'd like to do a map of their city, to be exhibited in their space this summer. Being the second largest port in Europe, having a lot of history and a beautiful old town, I was intrigued. Start of January we; my other half and our 3-month-old visited Antwerp. With stroller, warm gloves and hats we ventured out every morning from our Airbnb in the Old City.

View from our Airbnb

View from our Airbnb

On the first day we ascended to the top of MAS and enjoyed the view over Antwerp. Large sun flooded spaces on every floor invite to stay longer and quite a few people seem to use the space to work on their laptops.

MAS

MAS

After a street-food lunch we walked further north of Eilandje to get a glance of Zaha Hadid's Port House; space craft-like towering above an old fire station, majestically overlooking Kattendijkdok. The reception area featured a photographic map of Antwerp which made me realise how the biggest part of this city is a working port, rather than residential. Looking closer, shipping containers can be made out, neatly aligned like lego blocks.

Port House

Port House

Port House reception area features a photographic map of Antwerp

Port House reception area features a photographic map of Antwerp

 

We walked along the many cobblestone streets, window shopping and admiring brick-stone facades, including a little medieval alley called Vlaeykensgang. We took the tram to Antwerps' De Koninck brewery, and admired art deco buildings of Zurenborg. As our feet got tired we sat down in Pater's Vaetje, a typical 17th Century house, located just next to Our Lady Cathedral to sample tasty trappist beers. 

Grote Markt 

Grote Markt 

Tram crossing

Tram crossing

Trams and cobblestone streets

Trams and cobblestone streets

The last morning we crossed the Scheldt river through a long foot tunnel, accessed by art-deco lift and escalators, to be greeted with a view of bland tower blocks and abandoned playgrounds which made the air feel even colder than it was, but the view of Antwerp skyline on the other side made the crossing worth it. One last waffle, a last look at Antwerp Central station dome to wave Antwerp good bye, for now.

View from Linkeroever

View from Linkeroever

(Incomplete) London Music Venues Chart

The idea was to create a star-chart like map of London music venues. I relate to many of them; over the course of a decade I have danced with my sister in Proud, took my ex to Notting Hill Arts Club, hooked up with someone in Fabric, went on a hen-do to Ronnie Scott's, was dragged into Jaguar Shoes, ended up at Cargo, listened to bands at the Union Chapel, visited the Barbican. Equally, just as many of the named venues I have only ever heard of, or didn't know they existed at all until researching the subject.

Unlike mapping train stations or place names, mapping music venues is fickle. Some emerge and disappear within a year, some stay for decades, others change their name; or stay underground. Essentially music venues tend to be of a transient and varied nature and are therefore hard to track and map.

The chart as it stands includes; live gig venues (eg. Oval Space), large event venues (O2 Academies), electronic dance music clubs (e.g. Fabric, Cargo), jazz clubs (e.g. Vortex) and a handful of classical music venues (e.g. Royal Opera House). Not included are pubs that have live music nights and neither are churches that occasionally host music events, as it is impossible to trace them. Also named are a few notorious/famous clubs that have closed down. 

Venue names are 'jotted down' in felt tip pen, arranged around London's imaginary centre of gravity. They form clusters in the West End, Vauxhall Gay Village, Brixton, Camden, Islington, Farringdon, East London and a few venues dotted around West London. 

The final version of chart will be available as print.

Any feedback regarding design, omissions, mistakes is appreciated.

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Chart section - East

Chart section - East

Chart section - North

Chart section - North

Chart section - South

Chart section - South

Chart section - West End

Chart section - West End

Chart section - West 

Chart section - West 

Featured - Swiss Mountain Map

I'm very proud to see the Swiss Mountain Map which I designed in 2012 featured in a newly published hard cover book of Swiss Maps. 'Mit 80 Karten durch die Schweiz - eine Zeitreise' by Diccon Bewes is published by Hier und Jetzt Verlag. The book is also going to be available in English language from October, published by Helvetiq.
Find out more.

The Swiss Mountain map is available as a limited colour edition screen print of #50.
Dimensions 56 cm x 76 cm. Find out more.

978-3-03919-344-8

978-3-03919-344-8

The map is available as limited edition screen print here.

The map is available as limited edition screen print here.

Work in Progress

Initially these illustrations were inspired by construction site workers' high vis vests. I started with drawings based on photographs I'd taken throughout the last year. My focus then shifted to construction sites; order and chaos within these highly organised microcosms, placement composition of building materials, heavy machinery, colour coded inventory of cones, railings, scaffolding, tools and workers dotted about like Lego men and suggested narratives. 

This is an ongoing B-sights project. 

Deptford Project, Deptford

Deptford Project, Deptford

Bloomberg Place - 

Bloomberg Place - 

Deptford Project, Deptford

Deptford Project, Deptford

Cannon St - Bloomberg Place

Cannon St - Bloomberg Place



Visiting Goldsmith's Fine Art Degree Show 2015

This was the first time I have visited the Goldsmith's degree show, although I live just 'next door' in Deptford. I felt really excited and inspired diving into a colourful world of experimental sculpture, immersive installations, photography, candy floss making, video art, performances, excited graduates, and possibly some alienated parents and other inspired visitors.

Read a critical write up about the show on Artlyst

#goldsmithsdegreeshows #art #sculpture #installations #London #SE

Installation by Moemi Takano

'Children's play pen.. with psychedelic paraphernalia..' quoting Artlyst

'Children's play pen.. with psychedelic paraphernalia..' quoting Artlyst

 'Lifeline' Performance by Amy Steel

 'Lifeline' Performance by Amy Steel

Still from video work; series of staged spa situations in public spaces - Fina Schneider 

Still from video work; series of staged spa situations in public spaces - Fina Schneider 

Multi-selfie

Multi-selfie

Bittersweet Bar

Bittersweet Bar

View of London skyline; the Shard, Walkie Talkie, Cheese Grater, Gherkin

View of London skyline; the Shard, Walkie Talkie, Cheese Grater, Gherkin