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'Heygate', an illustration by Joanna Layla

Inspired by the magical and the real encountered every day on the streets of South London, I have created a new series of illustrations that capture the wonderful weirdness of the southern pockets of London. Scenes caught in my sketchbook come alive in this series of limited edition prints to tell the story of the changing face of South London, in this case Elephant & Castle - in particular the Heygate estate.

'Heygate' is in honour of the residents of the Heygate estate who have lost out in the pricing war that is driving across South East London. The elephant - symbolising all that is majestic, old and wise - carries the crumbling estate towards a new dawn.

"Red sky at night, shepherd's delight, Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning..."

Hand drawn in ink, acrylic and pencil, and giclee printed, 'Heygate' - the print - exists in a limited edition of 25. Printed to the highest quality on beautiful Hannenuhle German Etching Paper.

The print measures 11.7 x 8.3inches and is sold unframed.

Heygate by Joanna Layla. Limited edition illustration print of 25 on beautiful etching paper. Magical Realism in South London Series.



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  • Materials: ink, illustration, pencil, paint, limited edition, artist signed, paper, etching paper, giclee
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