There’s something magnetic about the foreshore. It’s full of layers and layers of London, eroding a little deeper with every motorboat that passes.
It has the same allure as a charity shop. You know there will be loads of crap there, but you might stumble on something unique and, more importantly, valuable…
…Except I never do. But strangely I love the broken old nothings I find, I’ve got a whole shelf of them at home.
The workshop had been commissioned by Southwark Council as part of The Curious Exchange, a sort of home-made Curiosity Swap Shop.(details below) Myself and artist Jane Millar were hosting it between us.
In this case, between the group we turned up some really interesting and unusual junk – a Victorian carved-horn pipe with the royal crest on it, some huge pieces of 18th century slipware with a fish on.
Mostly it was just fun to hang around on the foreshore in the peace and sunshine. I got to tell a little story too – “The River that Flew”, inspired by an old Estonian folktale. But for me, the top bonus was the chance to nose about in everyone’s pile of discoveries.
Some, like Emma (pictured) made lovely still-lives with their finds. Some people even made things to go in The Curious Exchange, which was the point after all.
Anyway, if you want to submit ANYTHING you have made to The Curious Exchange, it’s open to everyone. You don’t have to be a professional artist. It doesn’t have to be made with mudlarking finds. So long as what you’ve got is about 20”x20” and was done with your own fair hands, you can take part.