All photos by Ben Hopper (http://THEREALBenHopper.com)
I’ve always loved guitars. Even though I can’t play to save my life I just can’t help but stop in front of music shops or any other collection of those beautiful shiny instruments. Imagine my surprise then to find a collection of the strangest and prettiest little guitars I have ever seen in a random window on our very own Church Street.
A selections of custom guitars at Jon Free's Tin-Tone (photo by Ben Hopper)
Here lives and works Jonathan Free of Tin-Tone, who has been a musician with bands like Gin Palace, Penthouse, Country Teasers and The Cesarians for over 23 years, a live sound engineer for 10, and who has been building and repairing guitars for a very long time. The window in question is where you find his workshop, and what I found there was a little guitar magic…
Basket House Village Universe, the newly established gallery in Leswin Place, have just announced their new summer show Open ’10, an extravaganza of art for everyone, and they are giving all you artists out there a chance to be part of it.
Whether you work in painting, printing, photography or sculpture, this is your opportunity to have your work displayed. Visitors will also vote on their favourite artwork and the winner will be awarded a one week solo show at BHVU in 2011.
Stokey means a lot of things to a lot of different people. Which areas, things, places or characters do you love about living here in Stoke Newington, and what do you dislike, hate, avoid or feel is ruining it?
Becky Ford, a local resident and freelance graphic designer, is working on a project to create an alternative map of Stoke Newington as part of her Graphics Design MA, one that captures the spirit of the place through people’s experience of the area, rather than traditional landmarks.
A taste of lavish Romanian opulence has come to Stoke Newington. Or at least a photocopy of it has. Peles Empire, recent winners of the 2009 Deutsche Bank Award, are currently slapping up the wallpaper on Stoke Newington’s newest and most velvety gallery space at 55 Kynaston Road, N16.
Peles Empire is a joint project between Stadel School artists Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff.
“We like when there is an interaction between the work, sometimes it is work that you wouldn’t think would work in here that looks the best,” says Katharina Stoever, who runs the project together with Barbara Wolff.
Being a bit careful with your cash due to crap economic climate or job security fears? Or perhaps you are fed up of looking like every other Primark-clad clone? Either way, come and have a browse at the Stoke Newington Indoor Car-boot & Vintage sale this Saturday, 16 May.