Friendsfest, which is exactly what it sounds like, is currently touring the UK giving fans of the show a chance to geek out. Put together by Comedy Central to promote their daily repeats of the show, there was an initial run last year on Brick Lane featuring Monica’s apartment, but this year they are back on a much bigger scale to maximize on the interest the public have for this classic show. For £22 I headed to Chiswick Park last weekend to see for myself just how possible it is to fill a field with memorabilia about a sitcom.
I never know quite what to expect with both exhibitions or events, so I was pleasantly surprised by the blogger launch party at the LUMAS gallery. Located on south Milton street amongst designer stores, LUMAS is a surprisingly accessible art gallery focusing on contemporary photography. While there is plenty of craft and artistry in the showcased work, it is lacking in the pomp and pretension I had feared. Instead, themes of vivid colour, exploration, glamour and beauty were core to most of the pieces.
Given the transient nature of street art I always mean to shoot more photos of the pieces I see around Shoreditch, and with the start of 2016 and a new iPhone on hand, I’m making a conscious effort to do just that.
These photos were taken when walking back from Old Street to Brick Lane, along Great Eastern Street and Hollywell Lane. There’s two big construction sites that have provided ample canvas for artists to decorate. The site on Great Eastern Street and Leonard Street creates almost a curated art walk with a few tunnel like walkways. These areas are always worth checking out if you’re in the area, as the art is likely to change every month or so.
Sitting on a non-descript suburban road in Walthamstow is one of London’s greatest gems – God’s Own Junkyard, a cavern of neon signs comprising of the biggest collection outside of North America. Owned and run by artist Chris Bracey up until his death last year, the large warehouse showcases both his own work as the country’s foremost neon sign maker and other collected signs from across the country.
I was lucky enough to be invited to Pandora’s recent blogger event hosted at Drink Shop Do on Caledonian Road to celebrate the launch of their online wishing tree – an interactive hub enabling users to tie special messages for loved ones on it’s branches.
Drink Shop Do is unique cafe bar near King Cross focused on DIY and crafting, and the event enabled bloggers the opportunity to create their own wishes through origami and sewing sessions. These messages could then be tied to the illuminated tree in the centre of the space.
Along with the activities there was also tasty cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery and plenty of fizzy prosecco served by the private bartender. The event was a great opportunity to talk to other bloggers and understand more about Pandora’s gift selection – they even gave us goodie bags with handmade rose chocolates and beauty products to make us feel extra special!
Tie your message on the Wishing Tree and who knows maybe someone you know will treat you to one of Pandora’s many gifts.