Two Great Events at L’Arche & RPS 12th December

Two Great Events at L’Arche & RPS 12th December

Would you like to give your loved ones something special for Christmas, help your local charity, local makers AND have HUGE FUN?

Come visit L’Arche & RPS on Saturday in West Norwood as we have two events that you will love.

(Kids welcome!)


RPS are local Artists and makers who create one of a kind work which ranges from kids home decor, toys, jewellery, Art, Prints, Ceramics, Cards and don’t forget L’Arche handmade Christmas decoupage decorations, jewellery, wreaths and lots more – come see!


L’Arche Candle Making Workshop – includes Candle, Cake & Greeting Card

L'Arche Candle making Workshop 12th December


L’Arche are holding their 2nd, extremely popular candle making workshop.

It starts at 11 am and finishes at 4 pm – be prompt as the introduction will go through each step.
Candles also need time to cool down before the bottom is flattened.

£15 admission fee for 1 Candle, 1 Christmas Card & Cake.
The admission fee goes to the charity.

Please RSVP:

click the image below to see more photographs of the first Candle Making Workshop at L’Arche.

Candle Wax - looks like sweets!

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Tree Shepherd & Twist on Station Rise

Tree Shepherd & Twist on Station Rise

I recently undertook the Tree Shepherd course – ‘Start your own Enterprise’ which made me realise how involved I have become in Lambeth groups – one of my tutors was Anita Thorpe of Diverse Gifts who sell my work through Makerhood Lambeth and Georgina Wilson from The Hub in Tulse Hill & Bizbudee (formally the James Wilson Coffee Shop) and who, with Tree Shepherd created Twist on Station Rise – an affordable market made up of local people who are setting up their own business!

My plan is to help creatives, individuals and small business with their online spaces – from website building, image enhancement, product photography, social media setup and tips with teaching them to do these things themselves – I may start it up (website for example) but I want them to take control and learn rather than just left with a website and then wondering what to do next… I’ve met many Artist/Makers and small business people who paid a lot for a website that looks a little limp and it’s just gone to dust yet their work is begging to be seen and promoted!

Through Georgina’s involvement with the Twist project I built the website for Twist on Station Rise which, was made up of 17+ traders – the site still needs some profiles finished and that takes time when the traders themselves are just starting out so they don’t have many photos, websites and social media sites to add at the moment.

The site features several slide shows, a filterable gallery of traders and each have a profile page with photos – many of the photos needed enhancements and resizing – I plan to fill any gaps in the traders photos with some that I took of the launch until they can organise their own or they can have the ones I have – the site also has a blog attached.

The Launch was attended by Tulse Hill Station Manager (Southern Rail) who supported and donated to the project and the Deputy Mayor Adedamola Aminu came to chat to the traders alongside Lambeth Enterprise Manager at Tree Shepherd, Lydia Gardner and CEO of Tree Shepherd, Colin Crooks.

The Mayor of London backed the project as well as many local business and individuals in the community.

The next market is on the 17 December and is on once a month Thursday’s 3pm – 8pm – I plan to take more photos on that day too – There was a lot of fun handmade work that would make great gifts, chocolates, body scrubs, clothing, hot food and more so please go check it out!

Just outside of Tulse Hill Station and down the ally to the left of the station and in the Hub (formally the James Wilson Coffee Shop) which is at the end of Station Rise and turn right.

McBean’s Orchids Launch New Shop in Chelsea

McBean’s Orchids Launch New Shop in Chelsea

McBean’s Orchids have a new shop at 11 Cale St, Chelsea, SW3 3QS

McBean's Opening Evening - Chelsea, 26 Nov 2015

The head of retail, Will Kerr is one of the nicest people I’ve met and is a great friend so he invited me to the opening – pictured below with the owner Rose Armstrong.

Will was previously the manager for McQueens in Claridges and Moyses and has been featured in Professional Florist Magazine and Wedding Flowers Magazine – so he knows his floristry!

McBean's Opening Evening - Chelsea, 26 Nov 2015

The flowers and decor of the shop are amazing!

Christmas Fayre, RPS & The Stitch…

The headline in the Guardian article says it all!

How do you create a city for all? The answer lies in West Norwood …

Resilient people: Can local community cooperation be scaled up to create a participatory city? Neighbourhood-led pilot project the Open Works thinks so.

L’Arche London UK, The Stitch, West Norwood Bzz Garage, and Rock Paper Scissors were all mentioned

Agnès Baumont of Rock Paper Scissors, with Lidia Silaghi, a support assistant with L’Arche. Photograph: Athlyn Cathcart-Keays

Agnès Baumont of Rock Paper Scissors, with Lidia Silaghi, a support assistant with L’Arche. Photograph: Athlyn Cathcart-Keays


Wayne Trevor from Bzz Garage. Photograph: Athlyn Cathcart-Keays

Wayne Trevor from Bzz Garage. Photograph: Athlyn Cathcart-Keays


Tara Kelly from craft collective The Stitch. Photograph: Rob Monk

Tara Kelly from craft collective The Stitch. Photograph: Rob Monk

Read the article here: The Guardian 

Christmas Fayre

RPS & L’Arche London UK had their Christmas Fayre recently and here’s a few photos that I took – including RPS members (Bunting & Pops) husband’s band – Uffington 357 – I took a short video which I will post up soon.

Late Night Opening & L’Arche Candle making workshop:



Candle Making Workshop banner

Click the poster below to visit the facebook events page.






L’Arche & RPS Christmas Fayre – collect the coupons for a prize!

L'Arche Christmas Decorations - pin cone wreathsL’Arche Christmas Decorations – pin cone ready to be made in to Christmas Wreaths – will be available for sale at the Xmas Fayre.

L'Arche and RPS Christmas Fayre flyer

Spoil yourself and your loved ones this winter with unique hand crafted gifts from our first

Christmas Market!

With a vast array of exciting traditional hand made prints, paintings, fun Illustrations, cards, textiles, toys, and jewellery, our local artists and makers’ stalls will be sure to have something for everyone, so come along and shop until you drop with the added knowledge that you are supporting West Norwood’s creative community.

Our staff will be on hand to supply warming Christmas treats and music to get you into the festive spirit!

Guest Makers, Face painting, Christmas Decorations workshop, Live Music, festive cake pops too.


L’Arche & RPS shop window is looking festive

RunnyCustard RPS LArche Window Xmas 2015 001

Baubles made by L’Arche members


How cute is this toy train! (courtesy of Agnes)

RunnyCustard RPS LArche Window Xmas 2015 002


Collect the festive coupons to win a prize

Christmas Coupons to collect to win a prise

click the image above to visit the Facebook event page to collect all 12 coupons – they are shared on twitter too – you can also collect from the main RPS facebook page

ps: a huge thank you to Agnès Baumont/The Right Stuff for designing all the posters (for L’Arche events as well as for the RPS group) and to Kudret & Aytekin from Odek for printing all the leaflets & posters.

L’Arche Christmas Concert

click to visit the FB event page

The L’Arche London Arkclub Theatre group would like to invite you to their Christmas Concert at All Saints Church, West Dulwich.

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7.30pm!



SE Art Trail – Saturday 21st November

SE Art Trail – Saturday 21st November

Lots on this weekend!

L’Arche and RPS have the Art Trail and the Christmas Fayre

see below for some sneak peaks of the Art Work that will be on show & available to buy!

(some of my work is available to buy in the shop – L’Arche, West Norwood – next to St Luke’s Church)

(note: this is a copy of the website post – as I managed their website)

 SE Art Trail – Saturday 21st November

SE Art Trail 21 November SE19 SE20 SE25 & SE27 London

click image to visit the Facebook Event page


L’Arche staff and members taking part in the Art Trail…

Flo Anson – co-ordinator of L’Arche concerts and plays

Has worked at L’Arche London for 16 yrs.
Doing dance drama costume making theatre and music sessions.
Always loved Art and crafts.
Lately started painting again as she had to stop ballet which is her other passion in life.

Flo Anson Painting

Kevin Malcolm

Kevin lives and works at L’Arche London.  He is a non verbal adult with learning disabilities.  He loves nature and particularly birds. He uses visual arts as a medium for communication.

Kevin - L'Arche Member Artwork -Wild Flowers on Black.


Kevin-Artwork-2015 Kevin-Larche-artwork

Derek Williams

Derek Williams live and works at L’Arche London.  He is a non verbal adult with learning disabilities who expresses himself through visual art in an abstract way.

recently had an exhibition at L’Arche – see the RPS blog post:

A video posted by @charizagallery on


Derek Williams; Exhibition at The Garden West Norwood London



Oussama Touma – L’Arche Staff

sorry – not sent examples so you will have to attend to see her wonderful work 🙂


Rock Paper Scissor members taking part…

Anthony Hodges – Artist

Originally from the northern port of Whitby, Anthony Hodgson has lived in West Norwood, south London since 2002. As an artist, he works mostly in inks and pastels, producing Gothic, Religious and Figurative art. He is inspired by the conflicts within our existence: light, dark; life, death; imprisonment, freedom and the relationships between them. Anthony is also a musician and poet.

Anthony Hodges Anthony Hodges

Agnès Baumont/The Right Stuff Vintage

Limited edition digital prints

Mid-century graphic designer, art lovers and curious collectors who have lived and journeyed across four continents discovering visually fascinating objets d’art, craft, ephemera and tastes.

Our raison d’être is to ‘revive, share, inspire’ giving beautiful often ignored artifacts a new beginning.

This selection of limited edition prints is part of an on-going series of images influenced by obscure ‘street art’ from our travels, which have been digitally re-worked to capture the vibrance, texture and energy of those places.

Agnes Baumont Framed Art


Bill Hull

Photography + Art + Freelance + Design

Photographic prints and greeting cards, local, London and England, architecture/icons, cityscapes, parks/common land, landscapes, sea/river waterscapes.

I love working with light to produce images that stick in the mind.

Freelance Photographer

Greeting Cards

Prints, cards, cushions, iPhone cases, tote bags,

Bill Hull Photography

Bill Hull Photography

Janet Rich 

Paintings – Mosaics – Workshops 

Janet takes her inspiration from the natural world. Her abstract paintings are a reflection of this. Each one unique, they pulse to a rhythmic, intuitive and felt sense. She aims to cultivate this energy and spirit in her workshops and groups, where process and fun are more important than the finished object.

Original brightly coloured, hand painted images in gouache on paper in wooden frame. Mosaic tiles decorated with buttons, beads and various colourful, interesting bits and pieces.

Other works include A4 framed prints of charcoal, ink, pastel drawings and photos. As well as producing her own work Janet is an artist/therapist supporting individuals and groups to find their creativity using a variety of media and techniques.

Janet Rich Intuitive Painting Janet Rich Sea Gouache painting



Beth Manderand Clare Haward were invited to Croydon Radio to talk about the SE Art Trail on Janet Smiths Arts Programme yesterday!

Here is the podcast link and our interview is 35 minutes in….…/podcast/2015-11-15-14-00-27.mp3

You can find printed maps in local libraries, coffee shops and other local venues. (click image to visit the main Facebook page)

Art Trail map - SE London