Spend the day at the Barbican Centre in London with some friends, a sketch pad, and a couple of pens.
It made good practise for capturing peoples natural body language, and their interaction between one another outside in a relaxed environment.
I also captured scenes which I found to have interesting form and composition. So the way people are all sat around the pond together with the trees in the background giving a sense of place and helping to set the mood.
Staple Tye is a very interesting place with some amazing architecture. Unfortunately the original shopping centre of Staple Tye was demolished back in the 1990's, which I remember well as a young lad growing up in the area seeing all the big diggers and construction vehicles. The current shopping centre built in its place is sadly a very unexciting feature of Harlow in comparison.
Luckily most of the original council estates remain, and as I walk across the estates of staple tie, I am left in awe at Gibberd and his team of architects, for there stunning use of diverse shape and form in the structures they've designed, and in the way in which they have arranged them. I'm not just walking along a straight road beside a row of houses but down cul-de-sacs though alleyways and cut throughs, each area so unique from the last giving that sense of adventure and curiosity as to what I'll find around the corner.
Brockles Mead, Harlow.
Derelict flats - Wissants, Harlow.
Chinese Community Centre, Maunds Hatch, Harlow.
I had a great day walking around the estates many of which I haven't been since I was about 13, I feel asthough I have barely touched the surface of Staple Tye though, so many more inspireing sights too sketch, I'll have to return another day to cover it again in more detail.
Another day out sketching with Leon Webb, Rob Davies, Hong Voong, and Hanh Vong. This time we took a trip to the Old Town. Old Harlow pre-dates the first written record in the Domesday Book of 1086, so it is unknown when the town first came into existence.
The Lodge - Hong Voong
We started off at the lodge in East Park, which when built in the 19th century was the former Gate House for the main entrance to the Mark Hall Manor & estate.
Fawbert and Barnard - Hong Voong
Fawbert and Barnard - Leon Webb
Fawbert and Barnard - Hanh Vong
Across the road from The Lodge is Fawbert and Barnard school founded in the 1840's by the Fawbert and Barnard Foundation. In 1895 an new building was build to house two schools, one for girls and infants and the other for boys.
The High Street - Hong Voong
High Street is the main shopping centre for people living in the Old Harlow and Churchgate Street area, It consists of many shops, restaurants and cafes, including Dorrington Bakery.
E.Dorrington - Leon Webb
This was the first of Ernest Dorrington's shops to open back in 1924. There are now 15 shops across Hertfordshire, Essex & Cambridgeshire.
The Gables - Hanh Vong
The Gables - Leon Webb
Opposite High Street runs Fore Street and Market Street, where there are three of the Old Town pubs, the Chequers, the Marquis of Granby and the Crown. Another very old building which catches the eye right on the corner is this beautiful grade II listed building, The Gables.
St. John's ARC - Hong Voong
Along Market Street is St. John’s ARC, which is a community Arts and Recreation Centre. The ARC offer a varied programme of activities such as concerts, exhibitions and workshops.
The Victoria Hall - Hang Vong
The Victoria Hall - Hong Vong
On the other side of Old Harlow is The Victoria Hall, built in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. The building has housed many events, which is now part of Harlow's history.
Bury Road - Rob Davis
Bury Road - Leon Webb
The residential areas of Old Harlow are very different from the council estates of the new town, with their overground cables stretching cross the streets, and their huge old chimneys rowed up along the roof tops, they hold a lot of charm.
I think between the four of us we captured Old Harlow well, If only we had more hours of daylight to get some more of the old buildings and pubs in Market Street.
Took a wonder through Temple Fields, and drew this sketch of one of the old factories up there while I was waiting for my acetates from the printers. Lucky I happened to have my sketchbook on me.
I've always been fascinated by industrial architecture, and have noticed this one several times over the years. I was pleased to take the opportunity to sketch it. Might have to take my sketch book up that way again some time.