I spent three days meeting, chatting about food (and Arsenal) with traders who sell, make and serve food on Chapel Market, and drawing their portraits. Each portrait is drawn on packaging from that trader - not the packaging they give to customers, but the packaging from where they source the food.
As such the final works show a local trader and (often) global food systems.
I've spent my whole life going to Chapel Market - and used to park in the siansburys car park most Friday afternoons after school with my mum and brother to do the weekly shop - so it was wonderful to have a show @whiteconduitprojects_london right on that street!
The show then went on to be shown at the Islington Museum, with Curator Sarah Guzman uncovering wonderful new information about some of the locations on the market that featured in the show.
Huge thanks to all the participants:
Yildirim on hashbrown bag Millennium cafe, 25 Chapel Market
Kaka on shrimp box Pure Fisheries market Stall
Berkay and Oscar on coffee bean sack Chapel Market Roastery, 4 Chapel Market
Nabeel on mango box Grown by nature, 76 Chapel Market
Serkan on okra box Chapel Market Fruit and Veg, 72 Chapel Market
Ashik on yogurt bucket Delhi Grill, 21 Chapel Market
Liv on flour sack Livs baked Goodies, farmers market stall
Keith on clear polythene bag Wetlands Farm, farmers market stall
John on plastic fruit punnet Fruit and veg market stall
David (Twydell) on plastic fruit punnet Fruit and veg market stall
David (Jackson) on plastic fruit punnet Fruit and veg market stall Unknown on recycled fruit punnet Fruit farm, farmers market stall
Aurelia on recycled mushroom punnet Merit Mushrooms, farmers market stall
M N Safa on vegetable oil can and plastic spice bag Indian veg bhelpoori house, 92-93 Chapel Market
Pip on polystyrene cheese box Little Hicce pizza, 99 Chapel Market
Adrian on plastic rice bags Real Paella market stall
Yalcin on wooden cheese wheel Cheese sandwich market stall
Anna and Klara on cardboard cheese packaging Hollismead dairy, farmers market stall
Ellie on recycled egg box Brambletye Fruit Farm, farmers market stall
Feng Lin on cardboard box Anji Orient, 23 white Conduit Street
Thanks to the wonderful project team:
Yuki Miyake – White Conduit Projects Director and Curator
Parris Langridge – Market Development Officer, Islington Council
Oliver Geraghty – Videographer