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A local illustrator on why Haringey offers her endless inspiration

Jo Gold is a local illustrator who has been capturing the borough in prints

I am a designer and illustrator and I’ve lived in Haringey for 18 years. For most of this time, I worked in brand and packaging design, but just before the pandemic I decided to take a break from this to spend more time with my two young children. During this period, I decided to set up my own business, ‘Colour in Gold’, creating cartoon portraits and colourful prints including some of my favourite Haringey landmarks.

We have such awesome buildings in Haringey, from Art Deco tube stations like Bounds Green, and Wood Green to iconic landmarks like Alexandra Palace. I love bright colour and simple shapes and I find joy in taking these iconic buildings and giving them a colourful twist.
I love symmetry too, and hunt out the symmetrical details in buildings – the arches in Ally Pally for example or the octagonal shape of Bounds Green Station.

When it comes to selling prints, local markets are fab and there is no shortage of them in Haringey! I love Myddleton Road Market, Muswell Hill Creatives and Blue House Yard to name a few. I sell fairly regularly at Myddleton Road Market in Bowes Park, which is local to my kids’ school and the community is so supportive of local artists and makers. I love the mix of people you meet trading and shopping, and through this I feel really connected to my local community.

My most popular prints are the local ones, and my goal is to complete the rest of the Piccadilly Line (north of Finsbury Park!) by the end of this year. I love that art is part of the framework of Haringey – there is inspiration in every direction, from the fabulous luminous sign outside Hornsey Baths, to the murals around Wood Green (I especially love the Wood Green Library mural by Anna Nicolo, and the Wood Green car park mural by Matt Dosa), as well as the everchanging graffiti on the Parkland Walk. As a result, Haringey attracts creative people and I’m pretty chuffed I am one of them.


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