East End jam
East End jam was inspired by an unexpectedly fruitful walk around Stratford (east London) in July 2014. On the ordinary light industrial and residential streets of the city I found plums, elderberries, sloes, apples and blackberries in abundance. I picked these and made a range of jams, then led a walk entitled ‘Stratford Jam’ showing people where the fruit trees and bushes could be found, and gave them the jams to eat.
From that starting point the project has developed, with support from the London Legacy Development Corporation, and in 2015 I will lead a participatory walk and jam making workshop which will feed in to the ‘Harvest Stomp‘ a celebration of local food growing at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 19th September 2015.
There are many precedents for this type of art-food-walking work, here are some that I know about:
Norma D Hunter’s Bite on the Side
Stalker (Italy) Public Oil and Nomadic AgroCulture projects
Ceri Buck’s Invisible Food
Melissa Bliss’s Nomad’s cafe
BASH’s Wild Food Walks