Occupying a studio on the first floor of the Arthaus Building, Rachel Chudley and her team design unique interiors for creative people – with a little help from pug Deedee. Drawing inspiration from pop-art, modernist design and the Abstract Expressionists, and driven by the positive effects of art on our quality of life, Rachel’s work mirrors the passions, quirks and humour of her clients.
Yoga devotee Elizabeth moved her London Fields Yoga Studio into the ground floor of the Arthaus building four years ago to bring yoga to the neighbourhood. The beautiful light-filled space creates a lovely environment in which to practise.
The headstand, or sirsasana, seen practised at the studio, is often called The King of Asanas due to its numerous benefits.
The ground floor of the Arthaus building is home to pizzeria and charcuterie bar, LARDO. With a focus on locally sourced and simply prepared food, LARDO is a true neighbourhood restaurant, serving Arthaus residents and businesses, and the wider, ever-evolving Hackney community.
Pizza is prepared to order in the restaurant’s mirror-covered, wood-fired oven.
My latest documentary work is a project with the architecture company Lynas Smith to document life in one of the East London buildings they have redeveloped.
A 1930s theatre house, a dance hall, an artists’ studio and a gallery – the Arthaus building has a rich heritage as a space filled with people and their creations. Five years ago, the building was transformed into a purpose-built mixed-use development, and is now home to a café, a restaurant, a yoga studio, commercial office space, private apartments and gardens. Yet mixed-use developments such as this are a new phenomenon to emerge from the 21st century. Here, home and work are housed side by side – nestled under the same roof in a way that is unique to the relatively recent history of how we live.
The project started as Lynas Smith moved out of one of the office spaces to a larger office nearby.
This year I am exhibiting work with the Welsh photography collective, A Fine Beginning. The collective is holding three exhibitions showcasing new work, which will be held in Cardiff, London and Colwyn Bay throughout 2015-2016.
9-19 Sep 2015 at Cardiff MADE. 41 Lochaber St, Cardiff, CF24 3LS.
9-20 Nov 2015 at Carousel London. 71 Blandford Street, London, W1U 8AB.
1 Mar – 21 Apr 2016 at Oriel Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
I will exhibit an image from my collection, Last Days of the Abergavenny Livestock Market – come and take a look.
As part of my current book project, Metamorphosis: Change in Form at the Ashmolean Museum, I was recently interviewed by the Leica Camera Blog. The project was shot on a Leica MP, and thanks to many generous supporters, the publishing costs were successfully crowd-funded on Kickstarter earlier this year.
Thanks again to the Leica team, and to all those who have made publishing this work possible.
I am now in the process of making a photobook of images from my 2010-11 residency at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Peter Hamilton at Bardwell Press is the publisher and last week we launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and awareness for the project. The book will be hard cover, about 96 pages and printed on high quality stock in rich duotone black. It will be a lovely, timeless object but not cheap of course…funny that… The campaign is already off to a great start but if you can support it by pledging to buy a copy now, or promoting the link through your own social media using the links below, that would just be fantastic – it all helps. Thanks so much to all of you who have already pledged.
Below are some previously unpublished images that will be in the book.
Over the last few months, I’ve been working a photographic adaptation of William Blake’s poem, ‘London’, from the Songs of Innocence and Experience. Shot around the capital’s streets throughout the dark winter nights, the finished video is available to view below. As with Metamorphosis, I worked closely with the team at Hellicar & Lewis to create this final product which will feature as part of Blackwell’s bookshop’s Inspired by Blake festival.
Our London studio is now set up in Hackney. Pop by for a cup of tea!