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Trading time for skills with Echo January 05, 2018 12:00

Echo is our favourite way to help others, whilst also helping ourselves. Echo is an Economy of Hours: a marketplace without the money. Echo members buy and sell their skills, services and resources they have for those that they need, using a currency called Echoes. The exchange rate couldn’t be easier: 1 hour = 1 Echo.

Number 90 graffiti

Maj went to visit Echo HQ in their mega trendy Hackney Wick/Olympic Park location to get some marketing training. The 1 Echo she used to buy this training had previously been earned by helping out at an Echo event and assisting other business owners. 

Number 90 entrance

Other skills our business has been able to access through Echo include website marketing review, head shot photography and defining our business story. If you want to know more about buying and selling using Echo, you can sign up here. (Disclaimer: If you register using this link, Brennan & Burch will earn an Echo for referring you!)

Number 90 building from Olympic Park

We love Echo as it shares the hippy ethos of give and take. Maj's dad used to stand by the side of the road in India with a box, from which passers by could take something they needed, or give something they could share. Echo's HQ is located in Main Yard Studios, 90 Wallis Rd, London E9 5LN.

Number 90 building from canal

Echo have positioned themselves a stones throw from the Here East campus, a new and exciting purpose built location which hosts many exciting companies and events. Echo hold their wildly successful Echo ++ business accelerator programs there too.

Here East in Olympic Park

Couldn't resist taking some street art pics around Hackney Wick on the way to the overground station! We are obsessed with street art (as you may have noticed from our Instagram feed).

Hackney Wick street art

Hackney Wick graffiti characters

Hackney Wick graffiti tags

Hackney Wick graffiti doorway


Havering Resident August 2016 article August 03, 2016 12:00

Thanks to Sara Odeen-Isbister, editor of Havering Resident, for this fabulous piece on Brennan & Burch and our New Forest wall painted as part of Colour in Romford project.

Havering Resident August 2016 cover

Havering Resident August 2016 Article


Colour in Romford - street art installed March 30, 2016 12:00 1 Comment

Colour in Romford aims to support Creatives and engage the local community in the arts by bringing a splash of colour to South Street. The open competition gave the public the opportunity to submit their artwork for large scale commissions with a chance to see their creations brought to life throughout our streets. Focusing on four main sites, entries were encouraged to design a piece that drew inspiration from local history and culture, giving the proposed urban sites an audacious, artistic makeover. Colour in Romford is curated by Made Public .

'New Forest', Brennan & Burch, South Street (station)

We made a few site visits as the work was going up and got behind the scenes shots.

Brennan and Burch street art

Brennan and Burch street art

Brennan and Burch street art

Brennan and Burch street art

Brennan & Burch street art

Lis and Maj

'Monkey', Grant Pearce, South Street (Fiction)

'Monkey' by Grant Pierce

'The Reader', Anika Manuel, The Quadrant

'The Reader' by Anika Manuel

'Loughros Point Revisited', Chris Stevens, King's Arm Yard

'Loughros Paint Revisited' by Chris Stevens


Colour in Romford - New Forest shortlisted January 20, 2016 12:00

Got some good news this week - our New Forest work has been shortlisted in the Colour in Romford competition. If we are successful then we might be seeing our work up on the walls of Romford very soon! Fingers crossed for us.


Colour in Romford - competition entry November 18, 2015 12:00

Now we are Romford girls, we like to try to get involved with stuff that is happening in our local area. We were excited to get the chance to enter Colour in Romford competition being run by Made Public. They are commissioning a number of public art and design pieces in and around South Street, Romford, A nightclub building, town clock, station wall, lamp posts and pavements are just some of the proposed urban sites in need of an audacious artistic makeover. Watch this space...


Eley Kishimoto Centrepoint May 27, 2015 12:00

Our design heroes Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto from Eley Kishimoto have surpassed themselves.

Eley Kishimoto Private View / Mono Beehive

Their print, Private View, is being used to wrap the iconic Centrepoint building in London's Tottenham Road. Another print, Mono Beehive, will be used to decorate the affordable housing being created as part of the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail redevelopment.

Centrepoint topped with Private View

Centrepoint being wrapped in Eley Kishimoto print

It seems like only yesterday we were queueing up opposite Centrepoint at 14 to go to Mud Club at Busby or a bit later to Sin at the Astoria with infamous raving in the fountains after. Shh don't tell the kids.

It's nice to see Eley Kishimoto's design work come full circle - in 2013 they designed a print and fashion collection inspired by Centrepoint and now they are wrapping the real thing. British design rules!

Eley Kishimoto Centre Point

http://www.centrepointblog.com/blog/all-wrapped-up

http://www.eleykishimoto.com/


Feeling the love for the art around Old Street May 06, 2015 12:00

Saw these lovely examples of street art on my travels. Just as I was taking the pictures, a tour group came up and so I was earwigging all about the art in the area and the interesting history of graff on our streets.
Old Street Charlie Chaplin graffiti
Old Street Rope Lady graffiti
Old Street Hoarding graffiti
Old Street tunnel graffiti

Pure Evil x Royal Doulton mash up February 04, 2015 12:00

Look at these super duper Pure Evil bunnies and plates limited edition collaborations with Royal Doulton.

Oh yes please I'd love a bit of that Brennan & Burch x Royal Doulton, here I am just waiting for my phone to ring...

Now back to reality - absolutely love this collaboration and have pur-chased some of the fantastic graphic art plates for my wall. Thumbs up to Pure Evil for making pottery street. Wall plates are not an old woman's game any more!

Pure Evil gold bunny

Pure evil red bunny

Pure Evil Audrey plate

Pure Evil Marilyn Dali plate

Pure Evil 4 mini plates

 

http://www.royaldoulton.co.uk/design-partners/pure-evil/

 


Out and about in Shoreditch January 28, 2015 12:00

Running some errands and we couldn't help stopping to take pics of a few of these graffiti pieces in Shoreditch, East London. From old school tagging to new school street art, the area has the lot if you just look around you.

Shoreditch Graffiti Tag Wall

Shoreditch Graffiti Tag Bridge

Shoreditch Graffiti Santa Satan

Shoreditch graffiti Hedgehog


Let's face it January 14, 2015 12:00

I have wanted to take a picture of this derelict pub in Finsbury Park for years now, it has stood there all alone for up to 10 years. I, don't remember when I first noticed the graff faces painted all over the front but it is a good few years. I don't know who painted them but I always find them fascinating and wonder what is the story behind them.

I sometimes think the faces are of the crowds that used to come to the gigs open mouthed and in the moment, or are they the people of Finsbury Park all colours and nationalities, or are they all facing left for a reason maybe waiting for something to happen in that direction or pointing that way and it is code for something.

I found out that it was originally a pub called Sir George Robey and then changed hands a few times before it became a a venue called Club Dog in the 1980s for lots of up and coming artists like Blur, The Pogues and T'Pau and Bad Manners. In the 1990s it was taken over and then called the Powerhaus.

Now it is waiting to be pulled down and made into flats (what a surprise).

Faces Finsbury Park