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Creativity & Community on London's Eel Pie Island - Little Observationist
The first time I wrote about southwest London’s Eel Pie Island was back in 2010 when I stumbled on this magical private community by accident on what happened to be an Open Studios weekend. I wrote again in 2013 when I returned intentionally to dig a bit deeper into the history and the stories of the people who work there. Most recently, I wrote during summer 2016 about another visit. It was during that visit that I connected with the island on another level through a chance meeting with artist Ann Bubis. I’ve worked closely with Ann over the last six months or two to create two new websites (painting and sculpture on one and mosaic furniture on another) to show off her work, on a number of smaller projects and most recently to create and run an Instagram account for which I’ve returned a few times to the island to take photographs of her quirky studio. It was a privilege to see the island in its natural state, when it’s not all spruced up for the twice-yearly Open Studios event. (Although the photos throughout this post are in fact from the most recent Open Studios weekend, which happened in …