I work as a freelance children’s book illustrator and am thrilled to be one of the artists chosen to take part in the Animating Lordship Lane art trail. I live and work in South East London and am familiar with all the fantastic local independent businesses and the sense of community in East Dulwich.
I was commissioned by Fantasy High Street to create a window display for Just Williams toy shop that responds visually to the business. My piece, Take the 5th Exit, is a toyshop interpretation of the road itself. I cross the roundabout where Just Williams is located daily and thought this would be the perfect place to introduce a new imaginary exit from the roundabout at the bottom of Lordship Lane.
On this road there will be a unicorn on rollerblades, a pirate in a helicopter, a dinosaur riding a scooter and an elephant driving a pick-up truck. I have also included possibly East Dulwich’s most famous character, the giant Walrus from the Horniman Museum. He will be traveling to the Horniman in the pick-up truck.
It’s a fantastic project to be involved in and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on large scale artwork. The window display will be up from the 30th of August until the 11th of September.
Fantasy High Street are also holding a Family Fun Weekend on the 3rd and 4th of September. I’ll be holding a drawing workshop on Goose Green from 11am-2pm, where visitors can create their own illustrated characters to travel up Lordship Lane, so please do pop by and draw with us!
Details about the other art works on the Lordship Lane art trail can be found on the website.