During a windy weekend in June, an unsightly wall in St James Street, London E17 was transformed by four artists and a huge crowd of budding Picassos gathered from the local community.




I was invited by fellow Walthamstow artist Katja Rosenberg to join artists Ellie Curtis and Jessica Akerman to design and create a mural to cover a particularly ugly wall near where she lives. The artists would paint the main mural, with local people being invited to join in and add their own inspirations.

We wanted the mural design to use an existing flower already painted on the wall by an unknown artist as our inspiration. I based my vine design on a tree print by William Morris, an artist, writer, and founder of the arts and crafts movement, who was born and lived for a time in Walthamstow. We left spaces for other people to add their own inspirations.

The original flower



William Morris tree print design



My sketch for the mural design




We were overwhelmed and delighted with the response of the local E17 community. Hundreds of people of all ages, nationalities and faiths came together to create the mural, have fun, and get to know each other. A huge thank you to everyone who came to paint with us.

The wall before...



and after.






The E17 community gathers to start painting.



MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy adds her artistic touch to the wall...




Photos of the wall from left to right...























I don't know who painted this bird (below), but it's my favourite thing in the entire mural. Actually, possibly favourite thing ever.




Below, my addition - a Twitter bird with our own local Twitterati hashtag. The bird was inspired by the blue birds in the original Morris print.



You can follow me on Twitter: @emmylouscutt

There are lots more photos of the mural painting progress on Katja Rosenberg's website, click on link here:

exhibitions.weebly.com/12-20---this-is-us-2012.html