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Wanstead mum brings town’s unique charms to life with series of bright artworks

PUBLISHED: 15:15 05 July 2017

Wanstead print artist Bryony MacQueen with some of her work. Pictures: Ken Mears

Wanstead print artist Bryony MacQueen with some of her work. Pictures: Ken Mears

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A Wanstead mum-of-two is adding a splash of colour to the town with a new series of bright prints she has unveiled.

One of Bryony's prints.One of Bryony's prints.

From the loft of her Cranbourne Avenue home, Bryony MacQueen has crafted a series of eight distinct artworks that have attempted to capture the area’s unique charm.

She said: “I love Wanstead and there are so many iconic buildings and so much to it as a community.

“I think you could live here and keep your eyes down when you’re walking and not take a moment to stop and appreciate the buildings around you and that’s why I tried to capture some of them.

“Wanstead is quite rare – a genuine village community on the outskirts of London, and it’s important that it’s appreciated.”

Bryony’s idea for her new business began when a friend asked her to design 1940s-themed wedding invitations, a project she enjoyed immensely.

Then, unexpectedly in May this year, she was made redundant after 15 years designing high-end fashion magazines.

The 37-year-old decided her next course of action would be to start up her own print business.

And so Muriel and Me was born.

The business is named for Bryony’s grandmother, whose interest in different textures and patterns influenced the young artist’s own tastes.

She told the Recorder: “I was hoping I could combine my first love – illustration – with the design skills I had learned working on magazines.

“I thought if I could marry the two together then why not explore something like print making.”

The process starts with Bryony taking photographs of the buildings or spots she wants to bring to life before beginning to draw out rough details on a computer and deciding on colourings.

Every little detail is considered, including which details of the image to leave out as part of her unique style.

The first piece of the Wanstead collection was the lino cutting of Wanstead Station, which she completed almost two years ago.

“It’s the same as with any small business, you have to grow an interest to get it up and running,” said Bryony.

“I’ve been to a a few farmers’ markets and one of the makers’ markets and the reception has been great.

“One thing I hear a lot is ‘we need this in the local area’.”

To see more of Bryony’s work, visit www.murielandme.com.


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