Holly Steidl is one of the co founders of the popular Pigeon Hole Cafe on Datchelor Place, just off Camberwell Church Street. We asked her to pick her favourite five pieces from the exhibition and here’s what she had to say.
Morning Coffee, a print by Gabriela Szulman,
Having always worked in collage as a theatre designer, this piece really draws my eye in. The psychedelic juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated objects, pattern and colour makes for a very satisfying and intriguing result.
Hats Off, print by Pauline Amphlett
I love the nostalgic feel of this piece, which sits perfectly within the exhibition setting. The bright printed colours and the uniformed composition of the hats brings a sense of an exciting event about to happen which I am only sad that I will never see!
Camberwell Miracle, photograph by Tom Leighton
As someone who has a tendency to pick up beautiful (and perhaps not so useful) objects in car boot sales and junk shops, this photograph appeals to that hoarder in me! I know if I stumbled across this somewhere it would be treated as a real treasure and displayed immediately!
Animal by Lesley O Mara
The illustrative quality of this piece is incredibly charming. I think the artist has captured the hare beautifully without making it sickly sweet. The marks create the feeling of an impending quick dash.
Feeling Trapped (Sometimes) by Jade Chorkularb
With the birth of my first baby drawing increasingly close I found this piece tickled me (I’m not entirely sure that this piece was intended to tickle). Whether this is nervous laughter I’m not sure but it is definitely an image that will stay with me for the next 6 ½ weeks… but hopefully not beyond!
Holly Steidl founded the Pigeon Hole Cafe with her friend George. In order to start the business and find premises the duo launched a crowdfunding campaign and raised £20k in just a month to start their dream project. They moved into the premises at Datchelor Place in 2014 and the space also regularly hosts life drawing classes and exhibitions by locals. making it a popular meeting place for Camberwellians.