Unexpected comic in the shopping area

I received the surprising but pleasing news that a page of one of my comics is on display at Lewisham shopping centre in London, as part of the Procreate Project Archive.

I subscribe to quite a few newsletters which list opportunities for artists. I must say that the hit rate is quite low, in terms of things that I’d either want to apply for, or qualify for, and I sometimes wonder whether I should just unsubscribe and save myself the cumulative time it takes to read them each week.

But a few months ago, I saw an invitation to upload a picture to this archive, which is a collection of work by artists who are mothers or parents, and thought, ‘Why not?’.

I chose this page from Satin and Tat, the graphic memoir I was working on for a couple of years before putting it to one side to concentrate on my protest comics, basically because it was easy to find on my hard drive and it’s a reasonable example of my work – there was no deeper reasoning behind it than that!

A page from Satin and Tat by Myfanwy Tristram, showing two teen goths at a jumble sale discussing a new boyfriend.

And this is the result – a large format print in a public space – the side of Boots the chemist. Several images from the archive have been hung all around the shopping centre for the period March 10 to April 17.

Images by Katie Edwards:

Image by Myfanwy Tristram on display next to a Boots at Lewisham shopping centre

Image by Myfanwy Tristram on display next to a Boots at Lewisham shopping centre

And because those pictures could be literally anywhere, here’s an image with a bit more context!

As I say, this was a really nice surprise, and a whole new way of getting my artwork seen – it’s great that the Procreate project is putting art into everyday spaces.

I wonder how many Lewisham shoppers have stopped to read my page, and what they thought if it.

Published by Myfanwy Tristram

I am an illustrator, situated in Brighton on the south coast of England, and with a special interest in comics and graphic memoir. I also work for a non-profit which encourages people to be active in democracy and to exercise rights such as the right to information through FOIA.

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