Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

This week LondonKillsMe set up a further Twitter account  for this  blog. To follow historians; writers; museums; historic societies and those informed in building restoration which may be pertinent for the building site. Much more of the building site (also known as the LondonKillsMe studio) in coming weeks and months . . . . but hopefully not years.

In choosing a suitable profile image for Twitter this put us in mind of another building site in Kensal Green which is now a finished project. Part of the interior design at the Kensal Green house detailed screen printed floors. The first was to the kitchen, reproducing two lines of the G K. Chesterton poem The Rolling English Road (1914). The screen for this had to be drawn by hand and an old french door served as the frame.

Paradise Screen

The result remains protected under varnish:

Kitchen floor

Following this we were delighted to be given a barely salvageble pub sign but salvage it we did. Rotted at one end and encrusted in cemented footprints a good application of two pack wood filler, a little bit of artistry with acrylic and varnish and around thirty six hours restored the primitive painted sign back to life. The end result completed the cemeterial theme for the kitchen of the house in Kensal Green.

In situ

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

Incidentally G K Chesterton wrote Charles Dickens: A Critical Study (1906) and the entry for Charles Dickens in the 14th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1929). And thus it seemed fitting to use Paradise as the image for the profile of sketchesbyboz who when in that part of town continues the occasional sojourn to Kensal Green Cemetary.


Creative Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Inspiration from Queen Elizabeth Chelsea Old Town Hall

Three weeks on, a very belated thank you to Rosemary Lucas for organising and curating the Creative Hearts exhibition which took place at Craft Central, St. John’s Square, Clerkenwell 1 – 13 February.

Creative Hearts showcased fifteen designer makers each creating a heart inspired range perfectly timed for Valentines Day of which five per cent of sales were in support of the British Heart Foundation 50th Anniversary Appeal. With generous contributions from local businesses Bellore Lily Maila Stuart R Stevenson Bleeding Heart Restaurant
and The Green

Much of the inspiration for the ‘Queen of Hearts’ theme drew from an archive of illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland spanning over a century of illustrators from the early John Tenniel through Arthur Rackham and Mabel Lucy Attwell to present day Helen Oxenbury. A collection of Alice in Wonderland editions from old and rare to recent publications provided an eclectic foil for the jewellery display in the foyer. 

Hearts and Books

LondonKillsMe were very pleased to be able to participate in Creative Hearts and had a thoroughly nice time working with Rosemary and the other participating designers.

The arresting window dressing by Keren Cornelius was based around a centrepiece Queen Of Hearts gown displaying the talent of costumier Anna Maria Geniusea.

Creative Hearts Window

Keren’s own exquisite jewellery designs were showcased,  created using textile based techniques inspired by the repertory costumes of the Royal Opera House.

200 Metres Keren Cornelius

Rosemary Lucas created an elegant silver cuff with pierced cardiogram design for Creative Hearts alongside her other meticulously hand crafted jewellery including the unique River Cuffs.

River Cuff City Rosemary Lucas

River Cuff can be commissioned from Rosemary to detail any section of any river.

Nancy Waters experimental materials led techniques result in dexterously inventive beautiful pieces. For Creative Hearts Nancy designed embossed silver bookmarks in addition to her perfectly formed miniature fine silver books.

Fine Silver Book Necklace Nancy Waters

Ceramacist Namiko Murakoshi created a special range of covetable heart inspired sugar pots with a clever twist to consider your heart once you have consumed all the sugar!

For our own part we created a linen wall hanging. Entitled Hearts and Crafts and inspired by the traditional artisan printing techniques of the Arts and Crafts movement. A visual archive of some of our most popular screen prints to represent the ‘heart’ of LondonKillsMe.

Linen Wall Hanging LondonKillsMe in situ at Creative Hearts

Being involved in Creative Hearts was a great experience and we hope it’s success inspires Rosemary to extend her fabulous curatory skills into further ventures in the future.