Bunting of Hope at Eckington Gardens

From our friends at hARTslane studios:

Take part in the “Bunting of Hope” at Eckington Gardens!

After nearly a year of national lockdown, hARTslane invites the people of Hatcham to spread kindness and hope within the community through The Bunting of Hope.

The project is inspired by the Tibetan prayer flags typically carrying mantras (sacred words) for peace, compassion, good fortune, strength or wisdom.

They can be found over mountain passes and along mountain ridges. Tibetans believe that these flags bless the air with their mantras and their messages of goodwill are carried with the wind and spread to the rest of the world.

The Bunting of Hope at Eckington Gardens is open to local residents and creative people, young and old, with a reassuring or uplifting message or words of wisdom to share and to brighten someone’s day. No need to be an artist, this is an opportunity for everyone to be creative, whilst upcycling old clothes and fabrics.

There are many ways to be part of it:

Make your own Bunting of Hope flag (approximately 30x40cm) at home and pin it to the bunting line using safety pins or thread & needle.

You have an idea but not the sewing material? hARTslane can provide you with that if you send an email to: info@hartslane.org

You’d like to take part but don’t know how to sew? Send an email with your idea/quote and hArtslane’s team will visualise it on the fabric for you.

Watch the video tutorial here (https://youtu.be/5TZh-4pXOVs) to discover how you can
make a flag for the Bunting of Hope. 


DATES: The Bunting of Hope will be up from 6th – 31st of March 2021
LOCATION: Eckington Gardens, near Casella Road entrance, SE14 5QN
SOCIAL: Take a picture and tell us what you think on Instagram #buntingofhope


Based in Hatcham, hARTslane is a socially engaged art organisation with a focus on engagement and participation. You may know them through the wonderful “100 Wishes of Hatcham”, a ceramic Delft blue wall at the bottom of the ramp to Sainsbury’s made with the creative community of Hatcham.

Art in the time of lockdown, Hatcham edition

In the 1995 comic book Ghost World, a phantom graffiti artist haunts the main character Enid by daubing garages and walls near her LA home during a summer of change. Edith never manages to catch up with the artist but he leaves a lasting impression on the LA suburb by injecting surrealism into an already odd world.

From Dan Clowes’s Ghost World

The lockdown period has seen a quiet grenade thrown into Hatcham with an explosion of art onto our streets.

Early lockdown saw the start to discarded mattresses being transformed into an underwater seascape of fishes with bloated lips subsisting on rubbish. With most recycling centres and rubbish dumps closed because of the pandemic, people (some of the worst kind) started leaving their detritus and unwanted household goods on the streets. I even had a nasty encounter after confronting a fly-tipper on the street who called me a “bitch, who needs to get a life”. Both of these things are true.

The creator of the mattress pieces, whose works can be seen all throughout Hatcham, doesn’t tag his work but a neighbour who spoke to him was told his name is “Pascal”. Thank you Pascal the fish man for injecting some much needed surrealism and humour onto our streets and turning trash into something interesting. 

Then there was photocopy man. Photocopy man, a Hatcham resident, used a simple printer to create a portal into another world on Sainsbury’s wall. He was considerate, taking down the paper after it rained and turned into pulp. 

When I spoke to him, he didn’t want to give his name, but he lives in Hatcham

Flys love a good tip, a fact not lost on the brilliant Barnie Emma. Harts Lane is a real hot spot for public wee-ers who like to get their hobbly nobblies out with no shame, especially when it’s warm. Barnie, who also produced the brilliant Charles Dickens piece off Hatcham Park Road which forms the background to the website, tragically lost her partner to lung cancer and created a wonderful series of illustrations on grief. Anyone who has lost someone close to them can empathise with the little snaily. 

From Barnie’s website here (I can’t find the photo I took)

The amazing Matlakas is BACK! His beautiful mural, a Guernica-esque masterpiece, adorned the wall by the second-hand store on New Cross Road a few years ago. Believe it or not, this area is still part of the Hatcham conservation area. It was sad to see the white and black mural be covered up but I noticed a new Matlakas piece earlier this month. There’s a definite fly theme going on in Hatcham but I guess that’s because we’re going through a shitty time. My hand and camera got stuck in the fence posts taking the photo raising some eyebrows from passersby.

New Matlakas on the bottom left
Slightly close up photo of the new piece

This was the brilliant mural which was once there by Matlakas…

Photo taken from his website here

We’re so lucky to have so many wonderful artists in Hatcham. I’m hoping to write a seperate post on the artists behind window 135 New Cross Road soon….

Art by Henrietta Armstrong from Window 135

Have I missed any art that has sprung up in Hatcham? Do you know who Pascal is ? Let me know in the comments!