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Peel Eezy’s Art Classroom at HZ

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Recently we invited pop up proposals for the use of the space upstairs at HZ, hoping to provide some much needed space and opportunities to creative folk in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival. One such proposal came from the dynamic duo that is Peel Eezy!

Peel Eezy is the collaborative practice of Gemma Crook and Mina Heydari-Waite, two artists based in Edinburgh city. They are interested in access to art institutions, artist run spaces and arts education. Together they have created a brand of future imaginary art institutions consisting of a collection of installations, art objects, performances, videos and printed matter.

Enter The Art Classroom, an alternative future conception of art production in collage, crayon and clay.

The classroom consists of a Still Life and Life Drawing Class, hosted by Peel Eezy performing as technician characters. With a fixed looped script our classroom technicians guide matriculated students through the process of creating new art objects “tied to the speculative exchange of money”.

Armed with baskets of sweet mandarins, Peel Eezy approached unsuspecting visitors to HZ, inviting them upstairs to take part in a life drawing class, unlike any other. For one thing, the life model was slowly rotating!

My personal favourite material from the classroom was this peculiar clay that turned into a soft but solid foam.

Visitors were invited to hang their work on the walls afterwards, creating a temporary exhibition space.

There was also a small shop and book stand, with previous works by Peel Eezy and zines by other artists interested in artistic pedagogy.

It was a blast having Peel Eezy here last weekend and if you’d like to keep an eye out for their future events, check out their Instagram !

 

 

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Is it Christmas again?

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Because we’ve been getting so many lovely parcels to open! It’s been all go in the HZ shoppe this week, with deliveries from loads of our favourite designers coming in every day. Here’s a little taster of the new stuff we’ve been unwrapping…

Stay Home Club 

If you’re a signed up member of Stay Home Club it’s a pretty safe bet that your house is your favourite place in the world, and now that we’ve added art prints to our range of SHC goodies you can make it look even better! The Night In print by Julia Bereciartu is so perfect (I know what I’m doing with my Saturday night)!

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Night in Print

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Stay Home Club Print

Eclectic Eccentricity

The astronomically good Eclectic Eccentricity has sent us another box of star studded treats! Their space themed jewellery always makes me smile, and the new pieces they’ve sent this week are no exception. That little dachshund! 😍

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Dachus Necklace

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Great Bear Necklace

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Voyager Aura Quartz Necklace

Cosas Minimas

Blanca Gomez’ beautiful minimalist style returns to the HZ walls with these bold prints! I love the travel poster inspired ‘Helsinki’ print – when can I go there?

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Flight Print

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Strangers Print

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Helsinki Print

This is just the tip of the iceberg – we’ve had so much new stock in lately that the shoppe is looking all shiny and new itself 😊 Visit us in Edinburgh or go to the Hannah Zakari webshoppe to see more!

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Abandoned Village at Portavadie

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I mentioned Portavadie in a previous blog about a wonderful day we had driving around the West Coast of Scotland. Portavadie itself was a small, uneventful place but we were lucky to spot a cordoned off abandoned plot and decided to explore further…

We weren’t quite sure what the place we found was, it felt maybe like an old holiday resort or serviced apartments and that’s more or less what it was. Some googling threw up a few pages about Polphail and I discovered that it was built to house construction workers who were due to start working on an oil platform at a local construction yard. However the plans for the yard fell through and so no one ever moved into Polphail. Here’s what it looks like now:

Portavadie Graffiti

Graffiti close up

Portavadie Graffiti

Portavadie Graffiti

Polphail is now in a pretty bad state and completely uninhabitable (although I was sure I heard footsteps upstairs but that might just have been my imagination playing tricks on me!). It’s amazing how far they went before abandoning this place – there were mirrors on the wall, carpets down and a few industrial sized washing machines and kitchen units around the place. The carpets are sprouting plants and covered in grass and moss now, and it was weird to see mirrors are hanging whilst the windows have all been smashed. When I walked past the first mirror I did a tiny freak out at my unexpected reflection!

A distant selfie

It seemed like there had previously been a lot more graffiti but a lot of the render is crumbling off the buildings so it’s slowly disappearing. I was also a little scared to venture too far, it was hard to tell how safe the place is and I was feeling a little spooked!

Portavadie Graffiti

Portavadie Graffiti

Portavadie Graffiti

I really likes the above images, the character seemed to fit in with the surroundings. These washing machines were pretty cool too:

Washing Machine Graffiti

At one point we spotted a deer jumping around the trees, it didn’t see us so was just going about it’s own business (of being cute) and we watched it for a while and took in the view.

Views from abandoned village Polphail

Beautiful views

The incongruousness of just happening upon a place like this about a mile outside a shiny new marina was pretty cool and it’s definitely given me a taste for searching out more abandoned places. I’ve heard of a few of them around Scotland so hopefully it won’t be too long before we do this again.

Hope you enjoyed this!

Rachael x

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