Posts Tagged ‘portobello market’

I’ve been meaning to do this one for absolutely ages.  It’s along the first stretch (the Golborne Road end) of Portobello Road, W10.  The sketches are amazing so do click on the individual images to view a larger version.

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There’s a cluster of graffiti at the westmost end of Portobello Green market (near Ladbroke Grove station) and for the life of me I don’t know why I’ve never photographed it before.  I’m sure I have, but searching my blog isn’t turning anything up so here we go!

Various bits here.  My favourite is the minion, but there’s nice work by Angus, Jay Kaes, The Secret Society of Super Villain Artists, and some Fauntleroy Snooty too.

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I really enjoy cataloguing the street art that I find when I’m out and about, and it’s been a godsend in terms of having a regular feature on my blog.  However, pieces of street art are a bit like buses: you don’t see any for ages, and then three turn up at once.  So I tend to spread them out and publish one a week, which often means that I’ve got them written, numbered, and scheduled in WordPress anywhere from a week to two months in advance.  On the whole this is a good thing as it means I don’t spend my time fretting about what to write about next…but on the other hand it does mean that when I find something I want to write about immediately then I’ve got a bit of a mess to sort out if I don’t want to muck up my numbering.

So to get around this little problem I’m introducing Street Art Special Editions, which will be numbered separately to my regular feature and can therefore be slotted in whenever I like.

The art I have for you today is the latest exhibition in Portobello Road.  For those who aren’t familiar with the area, the north end of Portobello Road (the section that runs between Golborne Road and Raddington Road) usually has a display of murals which are changed several times a year.  Every time they change it I think “I really must blog this one” and then never get round to it.  Today I noticed that they’d changed it again recently, so here’s the new display.

The photos are in the order they appear running from north to south along the road, and each mural section is followed by the close ups of the blue plaques featured on them.  To get the most from this display you should click each image to view a larger version.  I hope you enjoy it, and I’d love to hear your comments.































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Bit of a bold title, but I’m over the moon at how well this experiment turned out so I thought I might as well brag a bit!  Those who read my blog regularly will know that I’m not much of a seamstress.  I have a bash every so often, but the things I make are rarely complicated and are generally quite small.

The idea of making a dress was, therefore, a bit ambitious to say the least.  However I was quite determined as I wanted a new dress and hadn’t seen anything I particularly liked in the shops.  I took a wander down to the fabric stall on Portobello Market and managed to find a lovely wool fabric that I thought would work with the design I had in mind.

Sadly I don’t have any work in progress photos as I was too busy concentrating, but it basically went like this:

  • Step 1.  Have a look at photos online of things that were vaguely what I had in mind.
  • Step 2.  Doodle on a bit of paper and come up with a pattern.
  • Step 3.  Bit of a new experience for me as I’m usually very vague and tend to guesstimate sizes, but I measured myself and then spent some time working out what sizes my pattern pieces needed to be.
  • Step 4.  I cut the pattern pieces out of felt and then pinned the lot together so I could see if the idea worked.  It did!
  • Step 5.  I cut the pattern out of my lovely new fabric and then spent an awful lot of time bent over my sewing machine.  I’m not a great seamstress so it took me a while.  The sewing together of the dress was actually quite straightforward, but what was really fiddly was putting in the zip and tidying up the seams inside the dress.

I know, without progress photos it’s probably pretty pointless describing what I did.  The point I’m trying to make is that this was very much a trial and error process (not too many errors thankfully, but I do think that was more due to luck than judgement!), and that I think most people could do this if they put their mind to it.




Not bad eh?  Here are some close ups of the dress, you can see that I covered the inner seams with bias binding to stop them fraying, as I don’t have an overlocker for my sewing machine.  I also hemmed it by hand to give an invisible hem.  I chose pink bias binding for the inside of the hem so that it would at least look fetching if the wind caught it and flipped the dress up!  The zip was quite tricky to put in as I didn’t have a zipper foot (I’ve now ordered one to use on my next dress, lesson learned!) but I think it’s come out ok.  The only thing I keep forgetting to do is sew on a hook and eye at the top of the zip just to finish it off.








Thus ends my first foray into dressmaking.  I’ve worn the dress a few times already and it really is perfect for me.  Nice and comfy (well you’d hope so, given it was made to fit!), quite warm due to the choice of fabric, and nice roomy pockets for all the dog treats and poop bags I’m inevitably carrying around.  I went to the market on Saturday and bought some more fabric (a lovely black wool with pinstripes – photo below, although the black looks grey there) and intend to make another dress with the same pattern very soon.



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What’s in my sketchbook this week?  A friend’s staffy, and a bit of fruit ‘n’ veg…


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There’s always colourful street art on display at Acklam Village (which is a fabulous place to eat, drink, and be merry – if you’ve not yet visited it then please do!), and here’s a selection of it.  As an added bonus there’s a photo of work in progress!

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I popped back a couple of weeks later to take another photo once the new piece had been finished, and here it is:

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Quick sketch of the canal from the Ha’penny Steps, which I often cross while walking the dog.

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And a couple of sketches from my jaunt to Portobello yesterday which included some hip hop Shakespeare (yes, you read that right!) and a leisurely lunch.  The Shakespeare is part of the In Transit festival which runs from 18th-27th July, click here to find out what else is going on.  All these are very rough and ready, but it’s so lovely to get back into the swing of sketch journalling!

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