The other day I went on a trip to Schoreditch. The task was to visit at least two art bookshops/galleries, chose three publications and document them, as well as document the whole trip.
I started with the KK Outlet in Hoxton Square. It happened to be the place where the “The Art of Ping Pong” exhibition was held—yes, the “sister” exhibition of our own “Paper to Paddle”. Unfortunately I couldn’t go, but here is the pre-exhibition preparation post:
And here you can see how I created my own bat for it:
Anyway, KK Outlet had many great bats displayed, as well as some interesting publications. However, none of them really did it for me, and so I moved on to the next place—the Bookart Bookshop in Pittfield Street. Sadly, it was closed, so off I went to Rivington Place down the road, with the YCN also closed, but Artwords Bookstore open. And amazing it was. But, no photography allowed. So I went through a (rather large) number of publications, and moved on.
Next stop—Cowling and Wilcox art supplies. I love it there. I opened a few books about printing, and wished I was richer. Luckily, later I was able to borrow both of them from the university library. These are two of my documented publications.
I then went in the Book Club, with their amazing gallery of street art, and a cool cafe to chill in.
Last stop was the Jealous Gallery. When I got there, they were just re-decorating it in preparation for a new exhibition, but I was able to look through the prints/posters, and get some inspiration.
The staff were lovely, and I took their magazine as my last publication. Here is one of the brilliant artists who’s work I’ve discovered there:
In general, it was time well spent. I wish it wasn’t raining.