Preparing for Festivals

Just putting finishing touches to my #Rhythms of London series based on finds along the #River Thames foreshore whilst #mudlarking. These blocks will be available to buy for £30 at the #Crouch End Festival and #Highgate’s #Fair in the Square in June.

Hope you can stop by


and some finished pieces

Oysters from the Barrow (570x800) The Key (536x800) Treasure Trove (536x800)


Islington Art Society Autumn Exhibition

It’s that time of year again that sees The ISA Autumn Exhibition opened this year by Sandy Nairne, CBE, Director of the National Portrait Gallery. The Exhibition runs until 22nd November at the Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, Crouch End, N8 9JA and entry is free.

There was a terrific turn out at the Private View where I managed to sell 2 of my works!

Here are some pics of the event:

IAS 29 With Stage Whisper taken by Amanda Eatwell: check out her website it’s awesome!

…….. and another with friends

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and one I took of Amanda with her lovely camera….


and others…..

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Last chance to view my exhibition at The Art House, Crouch End

Extended to Sunday, 14th September – if you haven’t had a chance to get down there its been extended for another week….




Crouch End’s fabulous ArtHouse welcomes local artist Helen Kaminsky in her first solo show as the 2nd Art in the House exhibition in in association with blink pop up arts. This popular mixed media artist shows a joyous collection of vibrant canvasses & framed collages, including new works especially created for the ArtHouse.

‘I am particularly drawn towards abstraction and representational imagery which allows me to employ an amount of experimentation and creative freedom.

My work has evolved to interact with the observer as I like to keep a sense of mystery within my paintings, for the interpretation to change with each viewer’s own imagination, changing over time with the shifting thought processes.’

Helen is a self-taught, busy artist working on many commissioned pieces; her work is regularly purchased by art collectors locally and internationally.

Recent awards include The Society for All Artists “Artist of the Year” for Across the Bay (Highly Commended) and Red Angel (Commended). Helen was also selected to exhibit, ‘Tsarina’, shown here today, at the Society of Women Artists Open Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.              

All works available for general sale. Contact Sue Irwin-Hunt: 07989 346131  

We are being Filmed!

Wow, Alex, Sue and I are being filmed Mudlarking at Wapping as part of a documentary 3 MA students are making in Science Communication – and what a day we had last Friday finding all sorts or gorgeous stuff to make/inspire lovely artworks.

Here are a few pics from the day and many thanks to Nicole, Becky and Daisy for their enthusiasm and interest.




Will use this as a base for an abstract painting…


Sue found this gorgeous piece – she’s making it into a wall hanging..

Finds of the day

More treasure


Mudlarking treasure

Just love my scissors – definitely be incorporating these into a piece

Mudlarking treasure

Lovely composition of finds


Daisy and Becky doing fnal sheet and wrap-up back at Earl Haigh Hall.

Mudlarking on the River Thames for inspiration

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Mudlarking – here is short history by Alex McHallam

A Short history of Mudlarking

Dictionary definition of a Mudlark:’ a person who scavenges in river mud for objects of value’

To many people, the word ‘Mudlark’ conjures up the image of shady characters combing the shores of a river, drifting away with their loot as the tide rises.  The term became popular during the 18th and 19th Centuries when London was a major stopping point on the trade routes, bringing in cargo from all around the world.  As the city prospered, the number of people making a living from the Thames rose, and not just by working on the ships or for the trading companies.  Some of the poorest Londoners made their living by scouring the river looking for anything of value: cargo that had fallen overboard and come ashore; dead bodies they could loot, coins and bits and pieces of metal they found on the foreshore at low tide.  Anything they could find to sell on.  These were the Mudlarks.

In London today the tradition still exists but the treasure has changed.    What we find on the shore reflects the rich history of our city: shards of pottery from Roman times; Elizabethan glass, charred roof tiles from the time of the Great Fire, scraps of plates from Delft and China, coins from the Middle East, driftwood from old boats and, of course, clay pipes and oyster shells.

The pipes and oyster shells connect us to Londoners of years gone by who would sup on a few oysters and then round off the repast with a pinch of tobacco in a clay pipe, the forerunners to cigarettes.  These were then discarded in the river.

As artists, we are inspired by these small remnants of history.  We love the ramdomness of our finds and the beauty of the glass and pottery that has been rolled over and over by the ebb and flow of the river.  As the saying goes, ‘One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’.


Example of Rusted Treasures



My painting ‘Rusted Treasure’ inspired by the photograph I took above and incorporating my finds…………….. great fun!