1st Class Lauderette – Credit: Becky Moriarty, 2021
As part of her final year at Camberwell UAL, the illustrator has spent the last 12 months recording her daily walks around east London.
We’ve all experienced a few changes over the pandemic, the good and the bad. For
“I wanted to understand this place through collecting traces of the people living here now and before,” she tells Creative Boom. “Embodying a true flaneur, I started using my daily walks to ‘drift’ through the landscape collecting photos, rubbings, video recordings and drawings.” Like a real explorer, Becky would record her travels to new and exciting places – the city’s hidden gems that were devoid of any tourists. “I started to question where I fit within the community, which lead me to connect with a group of Irish Elders living in Hackney. We have been sharing and exchanging our stories of a similar journey, made at a different moment in time, with the aim of preserving and capturing our memories through illustration.”
Ghost Signs – Credit: Becky Moriarty, 2021
Waiting at the Traffic Lights – Credit: Becky Moriarty, 2021
Becky is currently finishing up her MA in Illustration at Camberwell UAL, which is where she’s been nose deep in the making of this
In another, there’s an array of glass bottles, some used for ink and others for ointments, while another depicts a car wash. A typical passerby might miss these moments, but Becky sees the beauty and magic in everything that she observes. It’s a skill that she developed over the course of lockdown while being forced away from her desk and out into the open. “I have an interest in investigating the intangible,” she continues. “Capturing traces of memory and grasping on to places that could disappear. An everyday moment can be so precious to one person but, at the same time, forgettable to someone else. What makes it so? Do spaces and objects also hold on to memories?”
The past year has been a rollercoaster for Becky, who’s experienced both creative highs and unexpected challenges. And now, her work has been accepted into the Made in Arts London 2021 Collection, which means her future plans are already shaping up nicely. This, combined with plans to sell work at markets and fairs, plus the hopes of an artist residency, means there’s much to look forward to in the coming months.
Hand Car Wash – Credit: Becky Moriarty, 2021
Hoxton Market 1950s – Credit: Becky Moriarty, 2021
The Kingsland – Credit: Becky Moriarty, 2021
Charity Shop Finds – Credit: Becky Moriarty, 2021
Hoxton Market 1986 – Credit: Becky Moriarty, 2021
Scenes From Ridley Road – Credit: Becky Moriarty, 2021