Ben Slow's New Charlie Burns Mural

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Street artist Ben Slow recently re-painted his tribute to Charlie Burns on Bacon Street, just off of Brick Lane in London. I originally blogged at Ben Slow here: Street Art: Ben Slow. I was glad to see the portrait return as it had been wearing out over the past few months, and it had been tagged over. I actually prefer the newer mural to the older sky-blue Charlie Burns mural.

The mural of "Charlie Burns" commemorates a local 95-year-old man who ran a charity and who was a well-known figure, often seen on Bacon Street. The mural is painted on Bacon Street. 

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If you have not seen the new mural yet, pop over to Brick Lane to take a look.

Leaves by Irma Pellegrini

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I discovered some work by Irma Pellegrini on Brick Lane after one weekend, and the little wooden figures remained there for a couple of weeks. The little figures were stuck onto the brickwork along with branches of leaves, all with umbrellas as if they were floating away in the breeze. The artist, original from Argentina, works with wooden carvings.

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For more information about the artist, view the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irma-Pellegrini/144866808879156) or website (http://www.irmapellegrini.com).

NemO's - Decaying Street Art

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"BEFORE and AFTER" is a range of work depicting street art decaying over time. Artist NemO's starts with building up the layers of the image, starting with the skeleton. This is then covered with newspaper before the newspaper is painted with a figure. Over a number of days, the image suddenly changes gradually with bits of the newspaper torn off to reveal the skeleton underneath.

The mural below appeared one weekend in Shoreditch, London. By the next weekend, it had progressed to its skeleton stage. I walked by the mural every day to photograph the changes, but the changes were less gradual in this instance, and there were only two stages. I was happy to see the process finished without too many people tagging over the mural, which is what I feared would be the fate of this mural. The "before" and "after" stages are documented below with the word "Prey" changed from "Pray".

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NemO's

You can watch one example of his work decay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPehBL5c7vo&feature=youtu.be 

More work and information about the artist can be found on his website: http://www.whoisnemos.com/

A few weeks ago, the bloke and I took a day trip at one day over the weekend to see friends in the Cotswolds. On the way, we decided to visit Chipping Campden, which is one of my favourite Cotswold villages. The village was a market town, and in the middle ages, the area was famous for the wool trade. The village is picturesque and the buildings are all made of light brown stone, similar to the buildings in Bath. When the sun is shining and in the evening, the buildings are particularly attractive and turn "gold" in colour. There are also a few thatched cottages in the village.

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Chipping Campden

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Buildings in Chipping Campden

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Chipping Campden

While in Chipping Campden, we decided to get a bite to eat and ended up in the Badger's Hall Tea Rooms across from the old covered market hall. I ordered the tea that came with cheesey crumpets, teacakes, scones, and a slice of cake. The food was nice, but the tea was a bit of a let-down.  

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Afternoon tea with cheesy crumpets and teacakes

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Afternoon tea in the Cotswolds

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Scones and clotted cream

There was too much food, so the cake went home with us, but it was delicious. The cake was banana, coconut and cherry. 

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Coconut, cherry and banana cake

After the afternoon tea, we had a wander around the village and stopped in a couple of different shops.

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Chipping Campden

We admired the old covered market hall, which had been around since the middle ages. The cobbled stones inside were worn down. I wish I could go back in time to see what this was like.

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Old Market Hall

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Old Market Hall

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While we were driving out of Chipping Campden, we saw a few beautiful "dream houses" - thatched cottages. Some of these had beautiful landscaped gardens. I took a few photographs of some of the cottages. We saw a group of tourists getting photographs as well; they must have been on a bus tour.

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Thatched cottages

Street Art: Fezwitch

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Fezwitch, a street artist born in Melbourne, currently lives in London and pastes up old computer storage discs, known as 'floppy discs', onto London's streets. For those who are too young to remember, 8" and 3.5" floppy discs were storage devices, which have now been replaced by USB sticks. The 8" floppy disc was used in the 1980s, and the discs got smaller as technology advanced. The 3.5" floppy disc was common in the mid-1990s to early 2000s before USBs became popular.

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The floppy discs can be discovered on the walls, and they are usually painted or marked with a design or sticker. In some places, several are combined together to make their own artwork. I've included a selection of these below, and there are many more that I have seen that I have not included here.

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These started to appear in the middle of the summer with the first one appearing in Ely's Yard off of Brick Lane. It was a couple of months before others were added to the streets, but I see them in a lot of places now. Don't forget to look up as many of these are just above eye level.

According to the artist's website, the floppy discs poke fun at consumer brands (1).

1) For more information about Fezwitch, visit the official website here: http://www.fezwitch.com

To start of 2014, we visited The Cider Pantry Tearooms. (This post is a little late in coming!) There were a lot of floods at the start of the year, and we managed to make it through the floodwaters to Burley in the New Forest (England). The Cider Pantry Tearooms serve roast lunch, dinner, breakfast, and afternoon tea. We had the full English breakfast, and I'd love to go back again to try the pancake breakfast and afternoon tea.

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I like Burley. I went to university just down the road in Bournemouth, and I did some freelance website work for someone in Burley. It's a nice New Forest village with some touristy shops, and it's right in the middle of the forest with plenty of pleasant walks and cycle ways. There's usually a group of New Forest ponies nearby, but in the floodwaters and rain, I think they had all gone into the forest to keep dry.

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We both had English breakfasts: bacon, egg, sausage, toast, mushrooms, and tomatoes. It was good. The bacon had a smoked flavour. The eggs could be cooked any way that you wanted. This was accompanied by a pot of tea.

I liked the green grass-like placemats and the table numbers made out the half of a slice of tree. Because it was just after Christmas, they were selling iced Christmas sugar cookies. I bought a couple of these.

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I just visited Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium for the second time, and this time, I brought along another guest. I visited right after the cafe opened and also booked a weekend with a guest to see the cats and have afternoon tea. (My original post with a lot of cat photographs is Tea, Cake and Cats at London's First Cat Cafe.) 

I took a lot of photographs of the cats, which I will share with you below. I was not disappointed, and I felt that this visit was better than my first. This time, a lot of the cats stayed upstairs, and although some of them were sleepy for part or all of the duration, some cats vyed for attention and we watched them play-fight each other, play with string, and climb upon the shelves. I enjoyed seeing the cats again.

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Carbonelle and Adamska (or is it Loki?)

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Romeo

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Afternoon tea and a special Lady Dinah's cat biscuit

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Mue, the mother

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Indiana

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Indiana

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Adamska (or is it Loki?)

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Biscuit, Indiana, and Petra

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Indiana and Petra

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Indiana and Petra

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Biscuit, Indiana, and Petra

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Biscuit, Indiana, and Petra

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Indiana

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Indiana

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Petra

Enjoy the cats!

When I first saw the random "art is trash" tags plastered around Brick Lane, I did not think very much of the artist. I thought that the artist was ranting about the value of street art instead of trash being art, literally. One of the first pieces I saw was a collaboration with street artist 616, the "potential skateboard" below. A couple weeks or more after, I discovered a trash bag-covered bin on Brick Lane with white paint on it and a face, with the words "art is trash" (pictured below). However, the transformation came soon after with many trash sculptures being created over the summer by this artist. 

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Of course, he received coverage for creating art out of trash, and upon seeing his first sculptures, I was in awe. I loved the work.  There's never a shortage of trash in east London, so there's always opportunity. Although, sadly, the artwork never hangs around for too long until it is taken by the council or interfered with by someone or something else. (I have 'fixed' one of these sculptures fairly recently as part of it had fallen so others could not enjoy it in its full potential.)

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Unfortunately, I missed several of these and only saw the remains of them, but I have been lucky to capture a few. The artist is from Spain, and his name is Francisco de Pajaro. His work is now one of my favoruites to see around Shoreditch and Spitalfields, and it always brings a smile to my face. One of my colleagues even saw him working early one morning on the sculpture above, but I have unfortunately not seen him working. 

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Art Is Trash was popular last summer and autumn, and there was a new piece appearing somewhere nearly once a week. I have not seen anything new for awhile, so this post is late coming as I've managed to photograph quite a collection of the artist's work.

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Although I have taken several photographs of his work, I am not able to see all of them due to the fact that they never last too long, and I visit different areas on different days when I take my lunch break; it's not really possible to cover the whole area in an hour. I've posted more examples of his work from his own blog and the blogs of others, credited. I hope you enjoy seeing a mix of his work.

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For more information about the artist, visit his website at http://depajaro.blogspot.co.uk.

Earlier this year, I published a write-up of work by Paris stencil-and-spray-paint street artist C215, who had come to London to add some more colour to the streets: Street Art: C215. I enjoyed seeing more of his work around Brick Lane as many of his earier pieces have since disappeared and been tagged over. In addition to the new piece that I already pictured, published in the previous link, I caught a couple of new pieces just off of Brick Lane. The piece is large in size and features a portrait of a woman with a large, vintage-style hat.

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Near to this piece was a portrait of a smoking business man with a somewhat startled expression. I also discovered a new piece in Shoreditch on a postbox of two children on a swing. I believe that that piece was older, but I had only just come across it.

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One of my favourite subjects from the artist also recently appeared in Shoreditch: cats. This cat portrait is a previous stencil that had been painted around, but most of these cats have disappeared now. I was happy to discover this new one.

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Another stencil artist, Paul 'Don' Smith, has also been busy recently, and some of his work has not lasted too long without being tagged over. I managed to snap a photograph of this horse with the title "Getting Over" and a couple of pieces on Blackall Street, although I was unable to take a photograph of one before it was tagged over. Read an additional post with work by this artist: New Street Art from Don 'Paul' Smith, including pieces from Whitecross Street.

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Street Art: 616 and Ben Murphy

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Street artist 616 creates patterned and tribal-like images, paste-ups and installations around London. His work is always popping up across London, and there's always something to be discovered. Often, it's in an obscure place or somewhere that is not immediately noticable. I've posted some examples here. I've not been able to find out too much about the artist. (I have had noticable work by 616 attributed to artist Benjamin Murphy, but it's possible that this was a collaboration?) 

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I enjoy finding these pieces as they are usually where you would not expect, and they just add a flash of colour. The artist has used paste-ups, paint, glue, cardboard, and other items to make his work. Below are more recent installations by 616 that popped up this summer.

In one of the above, it looks like Obit and 616 were having a little bit of fun with a piece of board outside Grey Eagle Street.

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616 and additional street art

And, as I mentioned Benjamin Murphy above, here's some work by him. His Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Benjamin-Murphy-adso

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Murphy and Silks

To see more artwork by 616, see the photostream on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75015454@N08/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sixonesix616

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