Pick Your Pattern 2019: Carl Cashman in Leyton

Wood Street Walls is delighted to announce its annual Pick Your Pattern which puts the design in the hands of the public. Previous murals have been painted on Walthamstow High Street with Zarah Hussain and next to the William Morris Gallery by ATMA (both Waltham Forest residents). This year's mural will take place in Leyton, across the road from Leyton Midland Road station. 

We will be working with a previous collaborator of Wood Street Walls, Carl Cashman.  Carl is an artist and curator of Semi Skimmed Gallery – a platform for new and established urban and contemporary artists. He has exhibited work across Europe and America for galleries such as Thinkspace Projects in LA.

For this particular site and project, Carl has taken inspiration from his visits to the Middle East to present 3 different colourways for a large wall on the side of Mobeen, a restaurant on Leyton High Road.

In 2018 I visited Palestine 3 times to learn about the culture, history and architecture. I visited many places such as Jericho, Hishrams Palace, Manger square, Dome of the rock and The Milk Grotto (highlighted in the images below). The design I propose to paint is a culmination of the geometric tiles and patterns I saw in the places that I visited. 

Carl Cashman, Artist, Curator and Owner of Semi Skimmed Gallery

Voting open until 21st September

You can help decide the next artwork by visiting www.pickyourpattern.co.uk

About The Project

Carl Cashman is a contemporary artist based in Devon, who creates stunning, vibrant geometric-based optical art. His work takes inspiration from some of our favourite artists including Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Carl produced a huge version of his “Love Hurts” piece on a 100ft wall at the 2016 Glastonbury music festival and now curates his own exhibitions through his Semi Skimmed Gallery Project, promoting established and rising stars in urban and contemporary art.

Forest Recycling Project (FRP) is a social enterprise and charity with environmental and social aims. ... of practical initiatives to reduce, re-use and recycle waste, and help people live a sustainable lifestyle, promoting a greener, more inclusive Waltham Forest. Our main operational area is reclaiming, repurposing and affordably reselling waste material that would otherwise fill and pollute local landfill sites. The three products we recycle are paint, scaffolding wood and fabrics. We believe that social and environmental challenges go hand in hand and volunteering is at the heart of all our activities

About Wood Street Walls

Wood Street Walls has three main goals as an organisation:

1. To bring public art to our area of East London for residents and visitors to enjoy, to encourage greater footfall and custom to local business. We have looked to other successful initiatives over the pond such as Wynwood Walll

2. To provide free periodic workshops for the charities, school children and beyond - to build a connection between the artistic and local community and help develop grow new talent for the next generation of artists.

3. Our final and biggest goal of our project is the establishing of a new creative hub for the area: Wood Street Studios, by repurposing a disused and derelict building in the area. According to a study commissioned by the Mayor of London, in 5 years over 30% of the current 14,000 artists in London will no longer have a place to call their own due to rising rents and land being developed by residential housing.