Directly opposite the Stokes Croft open air gallery is a house which received an unusual makeover by Cheba a few months back. The building was badly tagged and getting a bit grotty, but the unusual pink stellar Cheba work kind of put an end to that.
I have walked past the mural many times but only very recently become aware of the brightly coloured ceramic pony above the window. It is by China Girl Tile, and so incredibly kitcsh that it is just bloody brilliant. Small and unnoticed by most passers-by it really made me laugh when I saw it.
This is almost certainly an ‘extra’ left behind by China Girl Tile after installing her brilliant foxes for Upfest in July. It also works so well with Cheba’s pink ‘number’. So utterly worth seeking out.
I am a huge fan of China Girl Tile, and was so excited to hear that she would be at Upfest 2016. I had seen lots of her work on social media, but nothing in the flesh, so it was a real treat not only to see her at work, but to be able to say hello and stop for a quick chat.
I caught up with China Girl Tile while she was finishing off her work in the drizzle on the second day of the festival. The wall she was working on is in the back yard of the Hen and Chicken and in really great company (Fake, Cosmo Sarson…and others).
I am glad she chose foxes for this installation, because as many of you may know Bristol is famous for its urban foxes. In fact some research a few years ago showed that the most densely populated group of foxes on record were in and around my allotment. Their numbers fell due to mange and the introduction of wheelie bins with strong lids. I digress. I love foxes.
Her reference to the Campbells soup tin is not only witty but is incorporated so very well into the unfolding story.
Her work is unusual and refreshing and executed with such skill and dedication. The tiles are really beautiful and enchanting. Please can we get more China Girl Tile work in Bristol.