Week 8, the final week of the PXL project involved preparing for the lead up to the launch event. For editorial, most of our work had already been completed, as there was little point producing more content this late in the day. However, the zine, our final piece of content, was still needing to be finished and sent off to print, which was cutting the timing a little fine. We also spent a lot of the day being involved with the filming for the PXL promotional video on the website. This took up quite a lot of time as we had to pretend to be working and interacting with each other whilst a drone filmed us and then we had to go to the bottom floor of the building to be filmed again by the drone, this time standing to form the letters PXL from above.
I spent the rest of the day helping Kiran finish the zine by completing any written content or articles for the zine. These written pieces included an article on the coolest areas of London for young creatives and a gallery write-up for CCA and GAO gallery. You can read some of my writing below.
London’s Creative HotspotsLondon is renowned for harbouring some of the most creatively ambitious people in the world. And with the queen of style and cool herself, Rihanna, now calling London her home for the past year, it begs the question, where are the capital’s current hottest spots?Whether you’re a London veteran or a newbie, these are the best and most inspiring spots for young creatives to explore and enjoy.The Newcomer – North GreenwichOnce home to renowned artist Damien Hirst, the Greenwich Peninsula is currently undergoing a makeover worth £8.4 billion. The transformation of the Millennium Dome is starting with the opening of a new riverside park early this July, designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro, the minds behind New York’s renowned High Line. If the lure of a New York 2.0 wasn’t enough, in 2020, a design district will open its doors, complete with ‘affordable’ studio spaces, a rooftop basketball court and plenty of bars. This district alongside the hub of Ravensbourne design students flooding the peninsula is sure to redirect the creative pull back to North Greenwich. Watch this space.The OG – ShoreditchShoreditch has long been known for its eccentric character and creative buzz over the years. Yet this vicinity shows no signs of faltering, as its reputation as one of London’s most quirky and aesthetic neighbourhoods continues to pull in new residents and tourists alike. Although it may have been mocked for its reputation as the official home of the hipster, there’s no denying that there’s something special about this area that is hard to ignore. With colourful street art sprawling over the surfaces of every brick wall, to an infinitude of vintage and independent shops on every street corner, Shoreditch continues to attract a cool crowd.The Unexpected – Hackney WickDespite it’s gritty, industrial past, Hackney has accumulated a hoard of art galleries, bars and restaurants fit for a Gen Z culture vulture. The area has also been home to more than a few of England’s pool of outstanding creatives, including Banksy and Paul Noble, earning its reputation as one of the coolest, creative corners of London.
The rest of the group also contributed to the written sections of the zine, whilst Kiran designed the Zine’s layout and look, alongside writing articles. I then decided to stay after university with Kiran to help her with the zine, as I didn’t want the responsibility to all be on her shoulders, as I felt this would be unfair to assume she would do all the work on the zine. I mostly helped her go through the zine to check any spelling or to help her make any last minute changes to the writing. We stayed until 9:30pm until Kiran felt happy that the majority of the zine was complete and that she was okay with completing the rest of the zine herself at home.
Wednesday was spent continuing to help Kiran where I could by finding printer companies for the Zine however, most of the day I was cutting out the banners for the event. Myself and Christina both had the task of cutting out the banners, which was quite an arduous task due to the large scale of them and the limited room near the print shop to cut them out. However, we had little to do as an editorial group so it made sense that we were the ones to do it. Joyce also mentioned to me that the flyers that she had designed would be sent to my flat, so I had the responsibility of looking out for their delivery and bringing them to the event.
It was a fairly quiet week for my group, however, I was looking forward to the PXL launch on the following Tuesday.