Thursday

Limited edition prints for Coutts

Still MILES behind on the blog.... First up I want to share the 4 x limited edition prints I created to document each of the four rooftop gardens during my Artist Residency at Coutts. I spent the first week of my residency working between the rooftop garden and drawing in the banking hall. Each day I created a new drawing (actually I made about 8 each day!) but the best one was made into a limited edition print of 50 per image for Coutts clients.

OK, back to work (after ANOTHER cup of tea - obv!) x






Friday

Gunnersbury Park


Hiya

Hope you've been having a SPLENDID week! I am planning on having ice cream for dinner so am currently living my very best life. Still on the catch up.... I wanted to share this SUPERB image from last week. I spent the each day working in different venues across West London on outreach for Gunnersbury Park Museum. It was a wonderful commission. The education team (brilliant Ellie and Sharon) wanted a project to celebrate the local area, with the work created to be exhibited in the museum ready for the reopening. 

I designed an activity where we made free standing buildings inspired by local architecture (with fantastical additions!). I'm so excited to see them all installed!

Next week I will FINALLY! get round to sharing more from my Artist Residency at Coutts Bank, until then, have a great week (and have ice cream for dinner - I give you FULL permission) x

Monday

Kerry at the palace!


Morning all

Cor, we have SO much catching up to do!

The last month has been crazy, a three week Artist Residency at Coutts Bank immediately followed by a week of teaching for Gunnersbury Park Museum. The blog has been, ahem, neglected - apologies, here we go then...

OK, so first the AMAZING garden party at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles's birthday party. I am a Queen Elizabeth Scholar for art (QEST), and a number of QEST scholars (including lucky me) were invited to attend the party. The weather was INCREDIBLE! (and I had a rather pink nose by the end of the day.) Harry and Megan were there, Charles (obv) and Camilla and the amazing Gospel choir from the Wedding performed which was joyous. I have been a strict vegan for the last 5 years but I had a deeply naughty/ wonderful day off and gorged on the posh cakes with sweet iced coffee. It was BLISS!

I felt really proud to attend, met a bunch of brilliant people and had a wonderful day that I won't forget! I have SO MUCH more to share but I MUST get on with some work. Be back next week with more xx

Tuesday

Coutts Artist in Residence Part 2

Morning all! I just wanted to share some more snaps from my brilliant Artist Residency project at Coutts Bank 440 Strand London documenting their glorious Sky Garden full of edible and bee friendly plants. This week I'm back in the studio working on my 65m illustrated hoarding for Southwark but then I'm back at Coutts from the 14th-25th May hand painting 4 GIANT canvases in their windows!

Have a lovely week whatever you're up to (my planned diet is currently 75% ice cream whilst this lovely sunshine remains!) x



















Saturday

Coutts Artist in Residence






Eeeeek I can finally spill the beans on the top secret and mind boggling exciting new project... I'm the Artist in Residence for Coutts Bank documenting their incredible roof top garden - the Skyline Garden.

The roof terrace over Coutts headquarters at 440 Strand comprises more than 400 metres of garden with 15,000 fruit, vegetable, herb and flowering plants and lots of happy bees and butterflies, and every crop is used in some form in the Coutts dining rooms year-round. Head chef Peter gave me a wonderful tour earlier this week tearing off leaves and flowers for me to eat, and sharing his passion for the garden. I love the juxtaposition of the plants agains the dramatic London skyline, and the secret nature of the garden, invisible from street level.

I will documenting the plants from this inspiring space in the Garden Court. Then from the 14th-25th May I will be live painting in their ground floor windows - working on four GIANT canvases, bringing the magic of the roof garden down to street level.

It is a COMPLETE dream project and I'm so excited to share it with you x

Friday

Wansey St Hoarding - call out for feedback!

Hello all!

This week I've been working hard on the Wansey Street project. I've been commissioned by Southwark Council and Lendlease to create 65 meters of illustrations to adorn the hoardings in front of the Walworth Town Hall. It'll be completed this summer and will stay in place for 3-5 years.

The first step of this project was RESEARCH, learning all about the diverse history and culture of the area. I then began talking to people from the community, to learn more and test my initial ideas. I'm now at a point where I'd love to open up the discussion. If you're local to Walworth I'd love to hear what you think! My proposal follows, if you'd like to offer your feedback please do email me: kerry@kerrylemon.co.uk as I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts.

OK.....

So the area I'm looking at is Walworth SE17 London, I'm keeping it tight to Walworth and not blurring into Elephant & Castle/ Old Kent Road/ Kennington/ Camberwell etc. The plan is to create a celebratory collage of Walworth with surreal juxtapositions. Not entire buildings, but architectural details along side other elements that add interest and raise questions. This should create an intriguing artwork with familiar elements that can be thought about and gradually reveal themselves over the course of its life span.

Here's the list of things I'm planning to draw, I'm not sure if they'll all be included in the final artwork, but if you'd like to add anything to the list (or think something should be taken off) I'm all ears...

PROPOSED DRAWN ELEMENTS
Again, rather than entire portraits/ buildings etc I'm planning to just draw key elements from each subject, ie, a hat or a chimney stack etc etc....

ARCHITECTURE
Aylesbury Estate
Villa Street (Octavia Hill Conservation Area)
The Red Lion 407 Walworth Rd 
Vestry Hall 1864
The Walworth Clinic (public health centre of Walworth) 1936 Grade II listed 1930’s sculpture on the top of the Health Building and the quote “The Health of the People is the Highest Law” (‘Salus populi suprema est lex’. Cicero) 
Former Newington Library
St Wilfreds Church 97 Lorrimore Rd
Lorrimore Sq/ rd (used to be grazing land) 1856 building
Sutherland Sq mid 19th C Victorian Houses (Sutherland Sq Conservation Area) was once The 
Bolton Synagogue in Wansey Street opened in 1927 (demolished and replaced with Heygate estate)
St Peters Church - Liverpool Grove (Sir John Soane) churchyard garden - ‘Monkey Park’ 1823
Temple Bar 284-286 Walworth Rd Mock Tudor
Blackwood Street Sunday Flower Market (often referred to as the ‘Root Market’) caged birds were also sold here until 1960’s
East St Baptist Church 177 East St corner of Portland St 1859
St Mark’s Church Hall 1874 (now Chapel Furnishers)
Pullens Buildings 1886 (some of the last remaining Victorian Tenements in London)
The Tankard Mock Tudor Pub 178 Walworth Rd
Walters Close almshouses
The Crown Pub Brandon St (original glazed earthenware tiling)
Surrey Square Georgian Terraced Houses 1795
The Huntsman & Hounds Pub 70 Elsted St
Heygate - Corbusier
Labour Party Head Quarter - socialist roots of area
Beaten Path pub Walworth Rd

CULTURE
Tulips - Walworth Garden where ‘The Florist’s Directory’ was published and became famous for their tulips
Clubland
Walworth peach
Dahlias
giraffe - from when Pasley Park was the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens
vesuvious (from events in pleasure gardens)
Baldwins herbs - G. Baldwin & Co Herbalists 171-173 Walworth Rd
Henry Moore sculpture in Brandon estate
Head dress from http://carnavaldelpueblo.com (Largest Latin American community in the capita)
Bath - Manor Place Baths (Grade II listed 1898 opened) public wash house/ laundry/ swimming baths
Ukelele - Ukelele Orchestra Great Britain
fish/ veg/ fruit - East St Market - East Lane - The Lane (official trading from 1880 but reports of selling as far back as 16th C)
The Brandon Estate (tusk of prehistoric mammoth found here during excavation  - now part of Cuming collection)
Walworth Garden - wrought iron gates/ monkey puzzle tree 
cranes to show building in area
Poppy - Town Hall was sign up centre for WW1 recruits

PEOPLE
famous (Charlie Chaplin (bowler hat/ cane/ moustache), Michael Caine (glasses), Charles Babbage, Michael Faraday, Mary Wollstonecraft, Robert Browning, John Ruskin, George Tinworth, Samuel Palmer, Elizabeth Siddall, Octavia Hill)
waves of migration 1840 Irish from potato famine Irish/ African/ Latin American
http://www.putitonthemap.org/ (Creation Trust Project)
feminist print collective - See Red

HISTORY
Area is mentioned in the Doomsday Book 1086 describes village life of the manor with corn growing and cows grazing - draw corn
Walworth Rd was once a cart track that ran through the Walworth Common - draw cart

SO.....
I really do appreciate you taking the time to read through this GIANT list! If you want to find out more about me you can visit my website www.kerrylemon.co.uk and again, if you have ANY views I'd love to hear them kerry@kerrylemon.co.uk

I thought I'd finish with some snaps from recent visits to the area, Walworth has a HUGE wealth of interesting things to celebrate and I'm excited to start drawing them!... x
















Brass birds

Hiya

Cor, lots going on in the studio (some secret for now but hopefully can share by next week!)

Mostly working on the 65m of illustrated hoardings for the front of the Walworth Town Hall (more here), but also starting to plan the permanent artwork for the Barratt Homes development and new country park in Laverstock. All really exciting (esp the secret stuff... but my lips are sealed... although I'm dying to tell you!)

OK, this week I CAN share some shots of the brass birds taken by the lovely fabricators London Mouldmakers. I sculpted these by hand, baked them in my oven and then sent them off to the fabricators to be cast. I'm so chuffed with them. They're going to adorn the street name signs on a Bellway development in South Gloucestershire and I'm excited to see them installed. They'll be accompanied by the tiles, paving and weathervanes I've also created for the project (thanks to Studio Response).






OK, it is now officially the weekend - this means pancakes on Saturday and PJ Paint Club on Sunday WHOOP WHOOP! It also normally means chocolate but I'm still feeling a bit green around the gills after my Easter indulgence (it was ridiculous - the sheer quantity beggars belief - I am 4 foot 10" - no human can eat that much chocolate - and yet reader....... I did!)

See you soon x