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Shout Out: Show Something Else

Article and photos by Diana Stainton from Pygmy Cloud.

The 'Shout Out' blog series continues with 'Show Something Else' (Artist's Open House as part of the E17 Art Trail).

Visit from 12 - 5pm on Saturday 7 June 2014 at 94 Howard Road, Walthamstow, E17 4SQ. Further info.

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Following the success of the 2011 exhibition, Show Something, we present the sequel; Show Something Else! This is an exhibition featuring the work of a range of people from a variety of disciplines including illustrators, photographers, makers, designers and artists - including 3 regular Crafty Fox traders. They're all people we've worked with, studied with, lived with or just randomly met! I co-curated this exhibition with Dave - the other half of Pygmy Cloud and illustrator who produces work under the moniker Hatch.

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We put the exhibition together this year as part of the E17 Art Trail, which is a community lead arts festival featuring an array of open houses, pop up events, exhibitions and performances in north east London. 

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Instead of hiring a public venue such as a gallery or cafe, we chose to open up our house to the public. We preferred the casual nature of hosting the exhibition in our home. I think Paula Van Hagen sums it up well on the E17 Art Trail website when she says “Artists’ Open Houses stand at the heart of the Art Trail and are an enduring and evocative expression of all that is so rewarding about living in a creative community.”

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Work by Melissa Choong

Work by Melissa Choong

We have 17 people showing in total. We asked lots of our artist friends to participate, hoping to get a few pieces to put up - we didn’t anticipate how enthusiastic everyone would be about it! We were given a lot more pieces than we expected, so we spent a fair few hours wandering up and down the flat carrying piles of prints playing artwork Tetris...

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Mister Peebles says:

“Being asked to be involved with the exhibition was such an honour. It is amazing to be involved with other people when you spend lots of time at the desk on your own. It makes you feel more like part of a community.

Mister Peebles drew the Walthamstoat for the show. He is a lesser known breed residing primarily in the Walthamstow area. Characterised by their habit of wearing printed textiles and bow ties. He seemed a fitting addition to an exhibit on the E17 art trail."

Andsmile says:

“I am a big fan of Wes Anderson and adore Bill Murray, no surprise I felt obliged to draw Steve Zissou! Little girls with flowers were inspired by a trip back home, long tea drinking sessions with my mum and longings for spring.

Show Something is the loveliest show I’ve been to recently. There is photography, neatly organised stationery, animals wearing William Morris print shirts, pop culture reference artwork, black and white super detailed graphics and soft grumpy bears. What's not to love?!”

We’re open for one more day - Saturday 7th June 12-5pm - we hope you’ll be able to pop over and have a browse. More information about the location and artists can be found here: cargocollective.com/showsomething

Sign-Making

Sign-Making

Pygmy Cloud's grumpy bears

Pygmy Cloud's grumpy bears