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July 16, 2018
When we heard about the Beeston Street Art Festival organised by Jeanie O'Shea of Beeston Civic Society - we knew immediately we wanted to get involved in such an amazing project
The outside of the Sewing Box has always looked a little sad, especially for such a place of creativity for Beeston with our colourful fabrics, ribbons and trims
We were so excited when we heard we were accepted and that the whole wall from the butchers on the corner was going to get the Beeston Street Art treatment!
We had been given a list of three local Nottingham street artists who were doing the length of the wall and got a chance to check out their work but it wasn't until the day of the Street Art Festival that we met our designated artist; Tali @tali_boogaloo
I've admired street art - but knew little about the nitty gritty or the process so it was amazing to spend three (albiet very hot and sunny) days watching Tali (aka Natalie) as she did her thing.
I was surprised at the breadth of interest. We had a lot of passing admirers, many of which stopped to have a chat with Tali. A lot of single men, who were obviously into graffiti, but also young families who had come out for the day to see the amazing Street Art taking shape in Beeston's First Street Art Festival. Older people stopped in their tracks and loved the design and the colours. Everyone was really positive.
And I got to find out more about Tali. Despite being born locally in Derby she had spent her childhood 'down south' before returning to Nottingham to study photography at Nottingham Trent. She'd been working in the City as a graphic designer for a long while on some very large corporate products.
I suppose I was surprised but then realised I shouldn't be. Street art has always been a little controversial and underground. Not quite accepted as 'art' in a mainstream way. I could see Tali's process was similar to oil painting; laying down picture in layers, stronger background colours first. She had a picture she had already prepared which she was continually standing back and referring to. It also made me consider the differences. That this type of art could be transitory, which seemed somehow sad.
It was also clear from our chats that opportunities for doing such a piece are quite restricted. Things are better than they have been, with specific areas that street art is acceptable, but It's hard to imagine as an artist - only having the freedom to express yourself certain times when the opportunity arises.
But for us at the Sewing Box, it's a work of art! Our own Sistine Chapel. God knows we couldn't have afforded Michael Angelo and for that we are incredibly grateful to Tali (and the Beeston Street Art Festival) and wish her all the best for her future.