The London Overground roundels project was born out of a Fellowship grant by London’s first Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest, partnered with Arriva Trains and Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust. Maud and the team worked with 1,600 people in the community to make 5 beautiful bespoke mosaic roundels for Highams Park, Leytonstone High Road, Leyton Midland Road and Chingford stations.
Two roundels went up at Highams Park due to the involvement of the school for blind and visually impaired children and the special textured tiles they created. Other workshops took place with several primary schools, two secondary schools, workshops in a park cafe and other public venues.
There are more roundels for train stations up or in the pipeline: South Tottenham was the first to go up, made with two local schools and the station staff. Upper Holloway and Gospel Oak are coming soon.
There’s even one on its way for platform one at Thornton Heath station in South London – for Govia Trains. This one will be in green so Maud is busy testing glazed and slips to get the new colours right.
Despite all the difficulties of pubic workshops not being able to run in Spring 2020, Maud has managed to adapt ways of working to maintain public involvement. More than 150 local households/almshouses/care homes have taken part in distanced tile making. Maud distributed takeaway boxes full of wet tiles so that participants have been able to press their own designs in guided by instructional Instagram videos. These tiles were then distance dropped back, then fired and glazed. The results are fantastic!
Some of the Artyface roundels are featured on the below video of an overground railway walk eastbound, from Leytonstone to Barking.