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Sustainability Warriors and Bin Designs


This month I have been working with Raynham Primary School as a workshop assistant with Cathy Wade, an artist who specialises in art sustainability. This has been a very exciting experience for me, working with children and being a part of teaching them how to improve their local area and school to make it more sustainable and environmentally friendly through art.

During one of the sessions, the children worked outside and made chalk drawings in the playground to bring more awareness about saving the environment.

Bin Designs

I have also been working on bin designs inspired by the workshop I did in April, at The Living Room Library, and the applique cushions that the participants made. The designs were also influenced by William Morris and African textiles, and I made sure to make the colours bright and bold to bring attention to the bins in Fore Street Edmonton, to encourage people to use the bins. Below are two designs out of 23 that I have made.

Black Eyed Peas Pink Flowers Patterns Bin
Blue and Purple Blocks Pattern Bin

Abi Ola

Abi Ola’s art practice centres around family portraiture and patterns. Originally, she used to paint the details of the figures’ faces. However, over time, she became more interested in the patterns on their clothes. More recently, she has been exploring the use of emojis alongside traditional African textile motifs, and British floral designs by popular artists such as William Morris. Abi Ola’s patterns go beyond two dimensional paintings as they find their way onto the interior design of buildings, clothes, and skin. Ultimately, Abi Ola is collecting a plethora of symbols to create her own vocabulary of patterns. These are then used to express through her own made-up language of her experience of the world, as a black British female artist. Abi Ola gained her BFA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2019, and MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, in 2021. Recent exhibitions include ‘New Contemporaries’, a group exhibition at South London Gallery; ‘All Are Gone The Old Familiar Faces’, a solo show with Flatland Projects, Battle, 2022; ‘Love At A Distance’, a solo show as part of the Bloomsbury Festival Art Prize, 2020-21; a duo show with Ilke Cop at the VCRB Gallery, Belgium 2022; and The Slade School of Fine Art’s 150th Anniversary exhibition, 2021-22.