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Exhibitions at Beautiful Interiors

Hackenbush and Hackenbush print

St Mary's by Hackenbush and Hackenbush

Beautiful Interiors on Orford Road currently has two exhibitions running in the shop. Hackenbush and Hackenbush are displaying an exhibition entitled “Blueprints of Walthamstow”, which started last week. This is described as “dark, funny and subversive”. More details on this are available on the Beautiful Interiors blog here.

Also on display is “Cranes” by Emma Barrett. Emma is a local artist and her blog can be found here. We went down to visit the shop last week and both works are well worth seeing!


Interview with East London Craft Guerrilla

East London Craft Guerrilla have been running events all over London for the past three years, and hold regular craft nights at Ye Olde Rose & Crown. They can also be spotted at vintage and craft events across E17 and beyond. Debbie, founder of Craft Guerrilla, gave us a rather marvellous interview, which you can read here.

Craft Guerrilla also have an event coming up to celebrate their third birthday! It is on Thursday 10 March, from 8pm at the Rose & Crown. There will be craft packs on offer, and maybe some birthday cake! More details on the 10 March event can be found here.

A night out on the Walthamstow scene

As E17ers know, there’s always something happening around Walthamstow, and last night was a particularly busy evening. There were a range of events happening around the area, and in true dedication to the cause, we tried to get to all of them!

Drink from the Speak Easy

The Speak Easy was particularly popular

First stop was the Love Easy at the William Morris Gallery. The night was run by Craft Guerrilla, and there was a range of crafts and vintage items to check out. There was also a Speak Easy for some liquid refreshment, a tombola (had two goes, didn’t win – nightmare) and the Shellac Sisters were spinning vintage 78’s on wind-up gramophones. It was good fun and it’s great to see the Gallery busy and being used like this.

From there we were looking for somewhere to eat around Blackhorse Road. We ended up in Yasar’s, a kebab restaurant and take-away opposite The Standard. We’ve never been before, but it was lovely! Good atmosphere, nice pictures of old Walthamstow on the walls, and tasty food. I tweeted that I was there, and it turns out that it’s a bit of a favourite of E17ers! The lamb shish kebab was delicious, Mrs Stow Scene had a nice falafel kebab, and tweeters tell me that the kofte is also tasty.

Nightfires on stage at The Standard

Nightfires rocking The Standard

Next up was Nightfires playing at The Standard. Nightfires are a Chingford band and have been going for about a year. The gig was rocking and their material worked well live. Their sound reminds me of some of The Automatic’s heavier moments, particularly on ‘The Wreck’ and new song ‘The Christchurch Brainwash’. With gigs coming up in Islington and Camden over the next few months, Nightfires are a band to watch.

We left before the Cream tribute band to get a cab down to the Hornbeam cafe near Bakers Arms, for their Valentine music night. Acoustic folk rockers The Scumbags were half way through their first set, so we settled down with a couple of bottles of Pitfield’s Eco Warrior to enjoy. I have to say, the whole event at Hornbeam was brilliant. They had food, a DJ and the atmosphere was fantastic.

The Scumbags at Hornbeam

The Scumbags at Hornbeam

The Scumbags were also superb. Their second set was a bit more pacy and covers of ‘Kinky Afro’ by the Happy Mondays and ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis went down a storm. Hornbeam was open into the early hours and, after making a reservation for a vegan Sunday lunch, we called it a night.

All three events were really good fun and I love being able to have a night out like this in E17. Looking forward to the next one already!

Vintage Lifestyle Fair this Sunday

Vintage Lifestyle Fair flyerThe Stow’s Vintage Lifestyle Fair takes place this Sunday, with a Valentine’s theme. The ‘Valentine’s Fancies’ event is in the ballroom of the Orford House Social Club in Walthamstow Village.

The fair promises to be a veritable smörgåsbord of vintage. Clothes, jewellery, hats and accessories are on offer, along with rare vinyl, books and crafts. There is also music, and a tombola if you’re feeling lucky.

The fair runs from 12-5pm so will make for a marvellous Sunday afternoon. You could even head to the Castle or the Nags Head nearby for a swift one, perhaps to revel in a glorious tombola victory? Anyway, tickets are £2 on the door, under 16s get in free. Have fun!

Craft Guerrilla bring the love

Craft Guerrilla flyerThe East London Craft Guerrilla return to E17 in February to spread some love around Walthamstow. Their LOVE EASY Valentines Craft Fair runs at the William Morris Gallery on 11 February from 6-9pm.

The craft market will be doubling up as a fund-raiser for the William Morris Gallery before it closes for a refurbishment. Their Christmas fair attracted over 1,500 visitors and raised over £600 for the gallery, and the LOVE EASY is shaping up to be just as popular.

The Craft Guerrilla team have this to say about it:

Its an evening event with the best,inspiring and most original hand made gifts available to buy for your sweetie pie!

We’ve selected the finest hand made gifts for love birds by London based Designer makers and Artists.
SHOP EASY and browse through the stalls,make your own Valentines card at the MAKE EASY table, win a hand made prize at the WIN EASY tombola or just enjoy a drink at the pop up SPEAK EASY bar…where you might even find LOVE!

Because we’ll be there out of gallery opening hours we’ve invited a few more designers then usual so it’ll be brimming with hand made loveliness.

Tickets are £2 on the door, which includes a complimentary drink at the speakeasy. For more information, visit their website.

If that’s not enough for you, their regular monthly D.I.Y. Craft Night runs the night before LOVE EASY, on Thursday 10 February. It is held at Ye Olde Rose & Crown, free entry and it kicks off around 8pm. More details on both these events are on their website. Pucker up!

Craft Guerrilla at William Morris Gallery on 4-5 December

Craft Guerrilla are hosting a “Weekend Christmas Craft Emporium” next weekend at the William Morris Gallery on Forest Road, and it’s free!

They say:

It’s the kind of event that will have ladies fainting and gentlemen swooning for all things hand made!!!

Full details can be found here. Looks a good opportunity to get into the festive spirit in one of Walthamstow’s best museums!