LOCAL ARTISTS AT STONE STUDIOS
Seven local artists have transformed a series of hoardings in Hackney Wick to recapture the magic of a former metalworks site.
Commissioned by Telford Homes and produced by Creative Wick (a local Community Interest Company), local artists were tasked with celebrating the rich history of a former family-run metalwork factory, which is now home to the developer’s Stone Studios development.
The original factory was set up by Solomon Spegelstein back in 1923. Solomon’s company, the Stone Brothers, is still going strong today, and is now being run by his great-grandson James Stone.
The artwork recaptures the spirit of the Stone Brothers’ original factory, showcasing some of the tools and machinery which would have been used almost 100 years ago.
Artists and their work –
Amber Joy – @gyallrini
“Starting with the origins of the studio in the industrial ages, we have a stone worker in his uniform running through to a bagel baker. As we reach the age of the warehouses, we see an artist using the live/work creative studios. Then we end with a representation of modern inhabitants and digital creativity, representing how the rich culture and creative history/surroundings now attracts many tourists and other creatives.”
Squarms – @_squarms
“My idea has come from my interest in ecosystems and storytelling; upon reading the history of the site, this is how I could see the space in my mind. I like to play with the idea of portals and windows into separate worlds.”
Zaki, Theo & .Epod – @zaki_dee, @iamfakeblood @epod3000
“Zaki’s represents the raw copper ore, while Theo’s represents the finished and weathered brass (or bronze) sheet metal. Both feature the verdigris oxidation always found on those metals. We wanted to allude to the industrial history of the whole area – the Victorian and early 20th century metalwork girders, roofs, and bridges etc, plus all the craft workshops that have always been here.”
“My idea sits well next to Zaki and Theo’s, blending the colours used, and forging the steel into something that looks very polished and futuristic.”
“Warehouses once filled with metal forgers are now filled with artists. Hammers to brushes, metal to paint, steel to acrylic, crucibles to canvases.”
Mona Shariff @cos.mona.ut
“I decided to go with different colours and shapes to represent diversity and other artists in Hackney Wick. In the middle is the metal work history of the site, with different metallic paints.”
To inspire the next generation of local artists and makers, Telford Homes has leased 33,000 sq.m of affordable workspace at Stone Studios to the Creative Land Trust – helping to maintain and nurture the area’s unique creative spirit.