Friday, 22 May 2009

Portobello Friday stroll

There's a reason so many creative people live around Portobello - it's crammed with ideas and inspirations. I just interviewed fashion designer Jasper Garvida, the winner of Project Catwalk and a resident of Ladbroke Grove, and he revealed he pokes through all the stalls every week. I took a turn through today to see if there were any upcycling ideas to steal. Someone on Ladbroke Grove dismantled an old over-door shoe hanger and emerged with a new modern take on the white picket fence, while a stall in the market is selling drawers from a printing concern in Fleet Street upcycled into curio shelving. Free of charge you get the makers' mark, pencil scribblings on the wood and a drawer pull for easy installation. This one costs £29... and may even earn you pennies in heaven.

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