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Shop Local by Janet Brooke



Shop Local by Janet Brooke is a mono and screen print that captures the passing of time. In the case of the shop fronts, the build up of signage, paint, labels and notices are applied one on top of another, echoing the ever changing nature of London in particular.

Drawn to the texture and the washed out signage with fading and flaking paint on the walls, Janet captures these images of shop fronts and street furniture using monoprint to get the texture of the scrubbed out walls. Once satisfied with the build up of texture, a complex multi-layered screen print is applied.

She says of ‘Shop Local’

“This was in Hessle Street, Whitechapel in the 1980s ….. at the time full of these garishly painted Bangladeshi shops which had replaced the previous Jewish ones and were about to be replaced themselves by an anonymous development.”

Brooke was inspired to capture these neglected aspects of our urban environment, recognising that soon they would be gone, and the memory of them would fade much like the paint on the fascia. You can hear more about Janet Brooke’s screen prints of East London here.

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