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Interview: Jade Kenny - Little Observationist
One day, back in 2009, I was walking down Cheshire Street in East London. A pink wall with the words “Thank You Stranger For Your Therapeutic Smile” scrawled on top caught my eye. I thought it was one of the most beautiful things someone could write in a city of so many strangers who rarely so much as make eye contact in the streets. It surely was a story of one of life’s little luxuries – a connection, however brief, with another Londoner, that made someone’s life slightly better that day. The canvas print I created from the photo I took that day was the first one I sold in my exhibition a few years ago. It’s printed on a postcard too, hanging on the wall near my desk at work. I see it every day, even now some six years later. And while I will probably never find out who the person was that smiled, Jade emailed me earlier this year, having seen my print. The writing was on the wall of her house and she created this little piece of street art with a friend who was having a bad day, who was cheered up by this smile from a stranger. I love it …