Femme Fierce: annual London celebration of female street artists
Femme Fierce began in 2014. A ten day celebration culminated with a paint jam on International Women’s Day, 8th March. 100 artists from around the world took over the Leake Street tunnel to create the largest paint jam ever held there. I wish I had been documenting the scene then to witness it.
Last Saturday 7th May 2016, saw the 3rd annual Femme Fierce paint jam in the Leake Street tunnel. Unfortunately, due to problems I know nothing about, the event has stalled and approximately only 30 female artists turned up. This meant plenty of space for a 2nd paint jam of graff writers (male/female) plus a few spots for a few London-based male street artists to paint.
I turned up around 3.30pm. And by then there was a chaotic party vibe going on because of a third jam, a photoshoot practice with models, make-up artists and fashion photographers. During my visit, I discovered the work of a number of artists who were new to me. And I spent a pleasant afternoon documenting the events.
In this post you will find a gallery of all the new work painted that Saturday. There was so much skill, dedication and hard work that day, that I feel that is the least I can offer in support. My second post covers all the fun and pizzazz that we enjoyed that afternoon.
Walking back down, looking at the wall opposite…apologies for some small works I missed.
And on the opposite wall, at the Lower Marsh Street end of the tunnel was this work.
In the centre of the tunnel was the graff writers’ paint jam. And the Femme Fierce Jam continued beyond that, as the tunnel widens.
On the opposite side of the tunnel to this wall were this series of paintings.
Note this is an 80s style My Little Pony and not the slimmer modern version. That is the point of this image.
The final Femme Fierce Gallery is on the upper walkway wall. I’ll start with the Lower Marsh entrance and walk towards Waterloo.
And last but not least, out at the far end of the tunnel (by Waterloo entrance)
The mix gender Graff Jam
Starting right at the entrance and into the light was Leake Street regular Bumoe with one of his stunning abstract designs.
In the middle of the tunnel, along one wall were these works.
And on the wall opposite were these three works.
The Leake Street Tunnel is very long and with plenty of space. So three London-based artists of the male gender popped along.
Finishing up, as I arrived, his extraordinary stencil work of a Gorilla’s face was this piece by Mister Feeney. He told me it took 18 hours to cut the stencils.
Starting late in the afternoon, around 5pm were two London based artists, Airborne Mark and Olivier Roubieu. They were working independently and decided to turn the background into a collab.
I hope you enjoyed the gallery of work. And if anyone knows the names of the uncredited artists, do please leave their names in the comments below and I will update this post.
Part two follows with the artists at work and people watching those out for a fun day out.
PS: Special thanks to Inspiring City blog for helping me find many of the artists’ names. Do read their post here.