The studios are home to a collection of artist who work in a variety of mediums, you can find painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, and a letterpress printer. We all came together when Paekakariki Press was established by Matt McKenzie at number 4 Mitre Avenue, he then let out the upstairs, 4a, to a group of artists which now include Martin Adams, Esther Neslen, Alke Schmidt, Kirsten Schmidt and Gillian Swan. And for this years Art Trial we are hosting the Elephant Man !!!

We will be open the first and last weekends of the trail, Saturday and Sunday the 3rd and 4th and 17th and 18th of June, from 12 noon till 6pm. If you would like to have a look at any other time this can be done by arrangement, just
call Martin on 07984654350 or
e-mail info@mitre-studios.co.uk

This is what you can expect find in the studios this year

Martin Adams

Martin is a sculptor print maker, who seems to be working on mobiles in his declining years, most of them however will be elsewhere, instead you should find a selection of his latest prints and some vitrines and the sculptures.

He is looking at life written large and life written small, all those things that we tend to ignore as we wend our way in this busy world, and trying to get a few digs at the system on the way.

You will find his mobiles and sculptures hanging up at Inky Cuttlefish Studios, some prints at The Italian Delicatessen, what is laughably called a sculpture at E17 Art House and he will be bridge building at St Barnabas church on the 10th and 11th.

He runs a poorly maintained website www.stolen-image.com which also hosts a sporadically updated blog.

Esther Neslen

Esther Neslen creates sculptures, drawings and prints playing with human forms in human spaces and focussing on physical communication in restless environments.

www.estherneslen.co.uk

Alke Schmidt

Alke Schmidt's work combines beautiful form with thought-provoking subject matter.

Her latest projects have focused on engaging with historical museum collections and heritage sites. This included a specially commissioned solo exhibition exploring the politics of the global textile industry at William Morris Gallery (2014/15) which subsequently toured to Cromford Mills and will show at the People's History Museum later this year.

In the Art Trail Alke will show work in progress for a new solo exhibition at Bradford Industrial Museum 2017/18 that will further investigate the textile industry, in particular the Bradford wool trade and how it affected people from around the world. The project will also include new site-specific work for Salts Mill, Saltaire.

www.alkeschmidt.com

Kirsten Schmidt

Kirsten will be showing sketches and preparatory work for her art trail listing 'The Ancestors' in MIRTH on Hoe Street.

From my love of drawing in Museums came a fascination with how humans find the need to express visually, their beliefs and how they understand themselves in the world. I was particularly struck by African feather masks in the Horniman Museum, used in annual ritual dances to get in touch with the ancestors of the community to ask for protection of crops, families and the village. What could be simpler? I have created my own feather pieces with my own and other Walthamstow commmunity members' ancestors screen printed on them. I have an art trail listing in MIRTH on Hoe Street, please go and see it.

I am showing sketches and related work in the studio.

I have an etsy shop where I sell mainly prints and paintings www.etsy.com/shop/KirstenSchmidt and I sell my work at E17 Art House , 07886879063

Gillian Swan

Gillian is interested in the buildings and structures that surround us and form the everyday landscapes of our lives. How they constitute a visual record of our existence and act as a reminder of our temporality. Her work aims to question how we respond to these landscapes and how they can exclude, alienate, reassure or bolster. She is curious about whose actions and decisions shape them, how people appraise and value them, seek to protect them or change them.

The work she creates is consciously devoid of figuration in order to encompass a time period greater than the present and her method of constructing and painting mirrors the layering she observes. Likewise, she sees symmetry in using ‘recycled’ house paint; paint left over from other people’s DIY projects that perhaps retains something of their optimism.

gillianswan.co.uk

Paekakariki Press

Matt McKenzie can be found clattering away with his Paekakariki Press, an historic collection of letterpress printing equipment now including a Hopkinson & Cope Albion made in 1891 and so contemporary with William Morris's Kelmscott Press, which belies the advanced wonders of the hot metal working equipment.

A site worth a visit any day to see printing at its most iconic.

paekakarikipress.com

The Elephantman

Elephantman is a street artist on a mission, a mission to convince the world that elephants should be seen as people. If a corporation can enjoy the benefits of being a person under the law, then why can't elephants? These are sentient creatures which need this change of status for their protection.

His sculptures can be found fixed down in many places around London, some singly and some in groups suggesting a family dynamic. He is ultimately aiming to put together a giant installation in the Far East where the bulk of the ivory is sold, but as the UK is implicit in this terrible trade it is appropriate for him to start here.

He now has a shop where you can buy elephant related stuff: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ElephantmanShop

At last there is a bit of a buzz starting to build about what he is doing as more of my work gets seen, and hopefully he'll get my message across, which you can find more about here:wearepeople.org.uk/

You can see some examples of his street art here:www.instagram.com/elephantmansculpture/

Mitre Studios

4 Mitre Ave, Walthamstow, E17 6QG

We are situated at the rear of 2 Greenleaf Road, down an alleyway under a building arch. Access is not easy, either down the alley or in the studio spaces. Downstairs there is a lot of machinery and restricted widths, upstairs the the steps are wonky and uneven.

But don't let of that that put you off, you will be amazed and delighted by your visit.