Today saw the final day of Hackney Wicked, a weekend art festival championing local artists, with open studios, exhibitions, performances and more.
I grabbed Patrick, and we headed over to east London to take a look!
Of course, we made a (few) customary detour(s) for lunch and drinks first, and I warned Patrick he’d be my glamorous assistant for the day (basically he’d be holding my bottle of cider as I took photos).
First stop was Hackney Hardware, which had been transformed into a popup bar – we got there just as they were opening, but 2 glasses of wine for a fiver was not to be sniffed at.
We took a stroll through Victoria Park – seriously beautiful, not that busy, with dedicated bike lanes, lakes, and acres of space.
When we got to Hackney Wick, the whole area had a cool buzz (coincidentally we saw a lot of people dressed up for Back To The Future at Secret Cinema… The men in braces and indenti-kit women started to blur a bit…)
We got stuck in exploring the studios.
I didn’t get a card for this artist (Patrick got the last one!) but her work was made by photocopying hair she collected, and then screenprinting it.
This exhibition was interesting, but I didn’t get a chance to speak to the artist or find out the back story.
The next studio we visited looks how I imagine my own place would look – eclectic, art supplies littering surfaces, sewing, knitting and crochet work all over, and a general outpouring of ideas.
Of course, being a fan of multiple projects, I’m not sure I’d have finished work.
I loved the next series of photos – 2 women displaying their typographic letterpressed cards. Simple but so beautiful.
We explored other parts of Wicked, including:
a human beatboxer (he was so flippin’ good!)
street artists, painting the side of The Lord Napier building
some awesome skateboarders – one little kid in particular was so good!
And of course, no jaunt with a camera would be complete without some graffiti and street photography.
Lovely day, happy Kat.