Commissioned by Newham Council through People Powered places (Formerly named ‘Community Assemblies’) to design this mural in Forest Gate, London.
The mural pays homage to the African residents living in and around the area where the mural is situated with references to the local area and African textile motifs.
Inspired by traditional patterns found on Kente, an African fabric. Both the circles, and the vitalrelationship between flora and fauna, celebrate Newham’s cultural diversity and how interconnection strengthens ourcommunities.
I was commissioned to design the mural on these concepts, adding her signature style tulips and flowers and playful elements to acknowledge the mural’s location on Little Diamonds nursery. The swift bird (which visits nearby Wanstead Flats) references a migratory journey from Africa. The artwork conveys a powerful message of unity and inclusivity, presented in such a way as to engage with those who are the future of Newham.
Special thanks to local residents and various community groups in Newham who volunteered their time to paint the mural.