A bit later than planned, sorry! Last weekend I explored a new part of East London:

Hackney Wick/Hollywood/Hackney Wick – spot the difference.

The streets were buzzing because for 3 days artists and designers were opening their studios, exhibiting work and installations so Lucy, Gabby & I wandered.

Hackney WickED is quite spread out and despite having a map (which was useless & so pixelated that we couldn’t read the road names) it was a bit of a nightmare to navigate. There were a couple of things that I wanted to see but didn’t stumble across in the end – a bit of a shame, but what we did find was interesting:

A project about the varying levels of motivation and procrastination throughout someone’s degree…

… which I could totally relate to! On display were some handwritten notes which were quite random but funny:

Quite a contrast to this crazy exhibition by Dollyolli with blow up monkeys and traffic cones covered in paint:

In the Ink Bound studio we found some really lovely printed postcards with shapes and quotes:

Really nice – one of my favourite things that we saw.

Fun on a street corner – we found this little body swap thing on a lampost:

We queued to get into a building (because the rule goes if there’s a queue, there’s something worth seeing) and found ourselves in a pitch black room. We think it was either a DJ collaboration or battle:

… but Lucy & Gabby decided to play foozeball instead (Gabby thrashed Lucy):

After discovering Bread Collective a few months ago it was the first time that I got to see their murals in person but some hooligans had ruined them:

It made me quite sad really – think about how much time and craft went into painting that typography and some knobhead has destroyed it with a squiggly line. I don’t really understand why anyone would do that…what is wrong with the world?

Lucy was working on her film for our Bloggers Film Swap:

A hashtag won’t save the world!

At the top of one of the open studios we stepped into Graphic Designer Joe Joiner‘s studio:

Type made from small white buttons – who can guess what it’s going to say? Joe was working on a beaded curtain whilst we were walking around (you can see the start of it below) and I bet it will look great when it’s finished:

He has some really nice work including a mini version of a cool interactive piece – Now you see me. We also over heard a young boy (sitting at the table) ask him  how work could be fun. It made me smile!

There were lots of random things to see and get involved with including having your portrait drawn in wax crayon.

I can’t remember which artists studio I found this in (get in touch if you know), but thought it was cute in a weird way – ‘Goose pimples all over my skin’.

I think it’s great to be able to walk around the area and stumble across open studios to see where the artists and designers actually work everyday – it helps to raise awareness and make connections. But actually I found it quite hard to navigate my way around even though I had a map (which was really pixelated so I couldn’t read any of the road names). There was SO much happening it was a bit crazy, but what we did find was really interesting. Here’s to hoping that next year will be a bit more organised?

Did you pop into Hackney WickED? Did you see anything cool that I missed out on?

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  • Kirsty

    12/08/2014 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for coming to Hackney WickED – the festival really is just about exploring the area, happening upon the unexpected and discovering the amazing talent of the local artists. As an artist/volunteer run event there is a unique rawness, energy and collaborative spirit that would not exist if the event were professionally managed (also it wouldn’t be free). As such we can live with little errors like the map being low res. However if you know any designers willing to donate their time and skills free to get next year’s map looking perfect let us know! They can sign up at



    • graphiquefantastique

      12/08/2014 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Kirsty,
      Thanks for stopping by my blog. The festival definitely was about exploring and that was great, however I do feel like I missed out on a few things. I understand that as it is a volunteer run event you don’t have a lot of funds, but you do have a lot of creatives/designers with knowledge about print resolution. Just thought it was a shame that you spent a lot of money printing maps that couldn’t be read and I would definitely love to be involved with next years map – I’ll email you later! Tasha x

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