Scribble and Smudge are a collective of artists specialising in participatory art events, workshops for families, intergenerational projects and programmes for museums, galleries, festivals and community groups. We produce workshops for participants to be playful and creative, making our workshops a fun and sociable event . We have been delivering workshops since 2007 across East and North east London with expertise in artist education, 3d, visual arts and public art.
Lesley Palmer- A public artist, artist educator and director of Scribble and Smudge. 15 years workshop experience, with public participatory projects within Waltham Forest.
Akiko Usami- Visual artist and muralist. Artist and educator with over 12 years experience of workshop design and delivery. RCA graduate exhibited widely in uk and abroad.
Vanessa Brightwell - Illustrator and 3D artist. Delivering workshops for The Vestry House Museum and community projects over the past 5 years.
Trustees: Laura Kerry, Sue Sangheera, Sandra Campbell and Akmar Hasmaruddin
Samples of our work are below:
Walthamstow Garden party since 2014:
A local Festival supported by The Barbican and CREATE London celebrating all the arts on offer by local organisations and individuals. Themes supporting the William Morris Gallery as part of the ”Useful and Beautiful’ trail for art and craft makers.
The solution: Offer a family event for all ages. Up to 300 families can visit our area over the weekend. We offer a free, fun festival experience that does not require any artistic skill in order to participate, but is enjoyable and adds to the fun of a festival atmosphere.
‘Stow on the bay’ in 2016, a tourist themed walthamstow destination with an Ice cream parlour and kiss me quick colouring board of Walthamstow and its famous sites. Themes each year link to The William Morris Gallery, exhibits. This workshop explores all that is ‘beautiful’ about Walthamstow, art, architecture and nature in a fake resort.
‘Everyone’s a spinner baby ‘ 2017. Making pop art record album covers on a record player.
‘Fashion your ending’ 2018. Creating a tail in the body builders tent making appendages for the body.
Public art project:
Crane wishes, December 2016
The brief: “Advent’us”: a universal longing for a better world. A project with a collective of local artists each projecting work for 24 consecutive days during the month of December onto St. Mary’s church.
The solution: A Community project with a school, Nursery and general public, making 1000 crane wishes for 2017. Origami paper written or printed with wishes were folded into Origami cranes in the spirit of Senbazuru and hung in St. Mary’s church Our project ‘Crane Wishes’ invited persons to record conversations about our personal futures and as a community with persons under 5and upwards. Funded by St. Mary’s collective local arts grant. See the video below.
Gallery and Museum work
William Morris Gallery, ongoing since 2012
The brief: Under 5’s gallery education. Free for local families and work with Walthamstow West children’s centre. To interpret William Morris’ work with Early Year’s and Emilio Reggio learning processes.
The solution: To programme and deliver workshops for Family Learning with aesthetic and artistic integrity. The sessions encompass themes of calendar events, cultures and historical events. London Borough of Waltham Forest funding.