We are excited to propose a large scale ceramic installation for Leyton Midland Road Station, bringing colour, light and delight to this unloved area. The installation of hundreds of colourful 3d tiles will be created through community clay workshops, led by our architect and local Leyton ceramicist, Lydia Johnson.
Community and craft is central to our approach at Citizens Design Bureau. We are a small team of artists, designers, architects and makers, focused on delivering community and arts projects, inspired and enriched by local enthusiasm and people power. Leyton Midland Road Station is a site both close to our hearts and close to home - our architect and inhouse ceramicist, Lydia Johnson, lives just one street away. She will be the leading facilitator and maker in the creation of this installation for her local high street. We want to bring colour, light and delight to this unloved area of High Road Leyton. As a threshold to the Leyton and the Olympic Park beyond, this installation reflects local landscapes of Waltham Forest, referencing urban skylines and the river valley. To continue to shape proposals, we will hold community sessions to explore ideas of local identity. Later on, we will run tile-making workshops, together crafting this vibrant and vital piece of public art, through colour, texture and mark-making.
Using repeating triangular tiles, we can create geometric flexibility and efficiency. The intricate pattern is able to blend between linear striations, undulating curves or even stars and spirals. The scale of these modules is tactile and handleable, in parallel to the brickwork itself: a bright glossy mosaic set against the thickly textured, existing Victorian clay backdrop. Lighting will be integrated at upper levels, enlivening the space through day and night, and offering up opportunities for renewed local presence on this up-andcoming high street.
Citizens Design Bureau is a multidisciplinary practice of architects, designers, artists and makers. We have a broad range of experience with community, theatre and arts projects, working iteratively and closely with local people to inspire design proposals, put a hand to the final build and create lasting social value. Architect and ceramicist, Lydia Johnson, is running a number of East London projects at Citizens Design Bureau, from the straw-bale extension of a Performing Arts centre, to utilising regenerative design principles to establish community uses on a meanwhile-use site in Newham. Director Katy Marks established Citizens Design Bureau after being Project Architect for the Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre with Haworth Tompkins, collaborating with artists and local community members on the facade design.