Hackney Wick Street Art Galore

I recently had to visit Hackney Wick and was delighted to find myself surrounded by walls and walls of street art in the area. I love that there are so many artist’s works in the area, and that there are so many humorous, satirical and beautiful pieces all over the place. So of course I got a little snap-happy and got to know the area. I spent quite a while wandering around and still don’t think I saw all of the pieces, but I did enjoy exploring!

I’ll let the images speak for themselves below – I love that this is such a colourful area, with plenty of art studios and projects nearby, which is perfect inspiration for any artist : )

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Tiger in London Street Art by Otto Schade & Dan Kitchener

So this caught my eye while I was out at work a few days ago, and I just had to stop to take some pictures because of how beautiful and vibrant this looked. The artwork looked pretty familiar – and I realised it was a colloboration of Dan Kitchener (whose intense work I’m in love with) and Otto Schade (I have seen a lot of his ‘ribbon effect’ work around Camden).

It was certainly a beautiful highlight of my day to spot this, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more vibrant pieces like this!

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Michael Summer’s Surreal Animal Art

Michael Summer‘s beautiful, surreal art is vivid, colourful and almost wacky – I love every single one of his beautiful pieces, particularly with the mix of grey-scale with vivid colour, literally dripping onto the animals. There is something very playful and beautiful about each picture, which draws your eye and also adds character to each animal (I love the almost-bored tigers and the curious penguins!)

Some of these pieces (such as the first one) are huge murals on walls, which has been done by the artist in various places – I would love one to be local to me but unfortunately the artist appears to be based in California so that won’t be happening anytime soon!

You can see more of his work here – the plus side is, I may not see the real-life murals but I can still get a t-shirt with the rainbow and the penguins on it!

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We Love Miniatures <3: Teeny Tiny Knitted Amigurumi Animals

I’ve recently discovered the Japanese art of Amigurumi, which is basically teeny tiny knitted or crocheted animals, which look adorable and very exquistely made. I found this seller on Etsy who sells some beautiful knitted animals (they’re not cheap though, at around £30 -60 per tiny knitted animal loveliness), and these are just a few of the animals I want in my imaginary dollhouse-slash-ark. Along with the mini Cookie Monster, ‘kay?

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Woburn Safari Park – Part I: Big Cats, Big Birds and Rhinos

We visited Woburn Safari Park last weekend, which was great fun (talk to the animals, sing with the animals…okay, stop that now), and despite a little Englishy cold breeze, the day was perfect. Yes, that first picture is indeed a moustache drawn onto the window to get us into the mood. There were all sorts of animals (although if you’re wondering what the black splodge in the middle of these pictures are, it’s a black bear), although the first half of the safari tour was mainly inside the car for our own safety (and the animal’s, obviously), it was still all terribly exciting seeing animals which I’ve never seen before.

I’m still trying to decide which was my favourite bit, but in the meantime, I’ll let these photos do the talking.

ZSL’s Roar With Laughter – Sumatran Tigers and comedy

I was lucky enough to get tickets to charity ZSL’s evening of comedy, ‘Roar with Laughter‘ event over the weekend in benefit of Sumatran tiger awareness, which featured a range of stand up comedians, and well, a few (fluffy) tigers.

It was an interesting evening to say the least, Phil Jupitus reading poems about Jeremy Clarkson and his odd relationships with cars, Ed Byne on why cats are evil, and Lucy Porter on joys of Argos reviews. But we did laugh, and I did like the tiger masks on every seat : )