If you love history, walking, art and crafts, conservation, or all of the above then Pop up Pop up is certainly for you. This September, Sugar House Studios in Stratford High Street is playing host to a rather unusual production line… and you’re going to want to get involved.
Artist Hilary Powell and her 15 apprentices will create an impressive pop-up book reflecting the ever-changing Lea Valley. The book, named Legend: An A-Z of the Lea Valley, will be created via an experimental public production line between Thursday, September 18 and Saturday, September 20, and visitors will be encouraged to watch and participate. (Don’t worry, it’ll be fun!) Each person in line will help to create the 3D paper scenes, based on both people and places of Lea Valley, past and present.
The aim is to generate as many copies of the book throughout the three day period. Not only will you have the chance to contribute to each masterpiece but also have the opportunity to create your own pop-up spread which can then be taken home! This means you have the power to choose which scenes you would like to pop up or alternatively stay down in this area of the city – well on paper at least!
Following an afternoon of artistic fun, why not see the changes in reality by taking part in one of the free walks surrounding Sugarhouse? Leading these adventures are individuals from all walks of life (excuse the pun) such as lecturer Martine Rouleau and artist Clare Qualmann. What do they have in common? Each has a genuine passion for everything east London and a desire to talk about the interesting advancements that have taken place in that area. From talks about the natural history of the inner city to a light-hearted run by Kai Syng Tan, there really is something for everyone! To book your place, visit popupopup.net.
We strongly believe this is a rare opportunity and one that the whole family can enjoy! With a behind-the-scenes look into the production of a limited edition pop-up book and educational walks through the heart of east London– you’d be silly to miss out! And what’s even better is that the whole day is absolutely free!