Behind the Stall: Garudio Studiage
Garudio Studiage is a collective of sorts, started way back in 2003 in a disused garage. Garudio make and sell a range of things, from cardboard cut-outs of household pets and tea towels depicting feral animals, to Miami style necklaces that say 'Peckham' and handbags in the shape of hamburgers - 'Ham' bags.
Comprised of Chris Ratcliffe (interviewed below), Laura Cave, Anna Walsh, and Hannah Havana, the guys now work in several studio spaces behind the Bussey Building, just off Rye Lane. It's perhaps because of this proximity to the heart of Peckham that much of Garudio's work is inspired by SE15.
When and why did you start doing what you do?
I started making ‘things’ straight after leaving Camberwell College of Arts in 2001. Garudio Studiage was set up in a derelict garage in Camberwell by Laura Cave, Anna Walsh, Hannah Havana and myself in 2003, and we moved to our current studio in Peckham in 2004 when we started working together as a collective. We really started as it was more fun to work together, and we have skills that support each other. We lived next door to each other and we had all studied at either Camberwell or Royal College of Art, and our sense of humor is probably the thing that holds it all together. We all do very different things, but we started doing things like events and exhibitions together, then we started to develop more products for sale.
With individual specialisms in screen printing, jewellery, painting and illustration, we now produce a range of witty, fun products inspired by the things we love. Animals, maps and our homeland of Peckham all feature heavily.
What do you enjoy most about your craft?
That we can make all these things our-selves, in the studio, without having to send hardly anything outside, and we now sell in about 70 shops.