Artist speaks of E17 obsession and love affair with Walthamstow

Artist speaks of E17 obsession and love affair with Walthamstow

Nicki Carvell with E17

Nicki Carvell is inspired by the boyband and 90s culture in general

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter, covering the Epping Forest district. Call me on 07824 530 130

An artist currently staging an exhibition inspired by the pop band E17 has spoken of her love affair with the 90s boyband.

Nicki Carvell, 30, moved to London from Hemel Hempstead to be closer to the post code from which the group took its name.

She said her show, Peace from East 17, expresses the band’s enduring cultural significance to the area.

East 17’s debut album, Walthamstow, sold 1.8million copies in the UK and East 17 have sold 18million records worldwide.

From the iconic greyhound stadium to the bustling market, Walthamstow became a “fantasy place” for Ms Carvell when she discovered the band aged 12.

Despite their success, East 17 have maintained their connection with the area and, according to Ms Carvell, have become embedded in Walthamstow’s collective psyche.

Ms Carvell said: “I was always surprised coming in from the suburbs that Walthamstow is residential, but like its own town.”

However, Ms Carvell said she would love to move to the area, but cannot afford it due to a recent 34 per cent surge in house prices and currently resides in Tottenham.

She said: “This happens all the time to artists. 

“Artists move in, make the area cool and then are priced out. 

For Ms Carvell, the Peace from East 17 exhibition taps into what she describes as the “renaissance” of British 1990s culture.

She said: “I don’t think it is just nostalgia, it feels like now and there’s been nothing that has lived up since. It is just amazing music, powerful and uplifting.”

In interviews, East 17 joked about how Walthamstow is perceived as rough, grimy east London but Ms Carvell believes it has a strong community. 

She said: “That is why the council gave me this space to use for two weeks - to encourage the local community.”

Ms Carver said none of the members of E17 have visited the show, which features graphic designs, prints, t-shirts and cushions.

Peace From East 17 opened on Friday at the council’s pop-up shop at 137 Hoe Street, Walthamstow. It is open from midday until 6pm and closes on Tuesday.

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11:54am Wed 9 Apr 14

NDevoto says...

It's a little known fact that Michelanglo's David was based on the very first winner of the Renaissance X factor contest, organised by the Pope Simonius Cowellium the First.
It's a little known fact that Michelanglo's David was based on the very first winner of the Renaissance X factor contest, organised by the Pope Simonius Cowellium the First. NDevoto
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12:18pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Maybe she can paint a picture of Brian Harvey running himself over in Hatherly Mews E17
Maybe she can paint a picture of Brian Harvey running himself over in Hatherly Mews E17 Villagecranberry
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2:40pm Wed 9 Apr 14

nickycarvell says...

Thx for write up! The Shop's opposite Hatherly Mews :-ooo
www.nickycarvell.com
Thx for write up! The Shop's opposite Hatherly Mews :-ooo www.nickycarvell.com nickycarvell
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3:48pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

nickycarvell wrote:
Thx for write up! The Shop's opposite Hatherly Mews :-ooo
www.nickycarvell.com
You are on site then, first case of its kind as I recall how you can run over yourself with the car you were driving. He does wear his cap on backwards which may be a clue why?
[quote][p][bold]nickycarvell[/bold] wrote: Thx for write up! The Shop's opposite Hatherly Mews :-ooo www.nickycarvell.com[/p][/quote]You are on site then, first case of its kind as I recall how you can run over yourself with the car you were driving. He does wear his cap on backwards which may be a clue why? Villagecranberry
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