Weeks have rolled in now and I’m still not entirely sure on what direction I want to head for my cafe. After pursuing the path of incorporating illustration as a main focal feature I looked at possibilities for a ‘art-club’ cafe but I struggled to determine and develop unique approaches that wouldn’t seem ‘cliche’ or ‘any regular safe’.
The one day as I was about to head down to the tube at Aldgate east station I was stopped by a lady who was homeless living by the entrance. She asks me for money and we somehow spark into conversation because I had seen that her signs were not the ‘usual’ type, they were in a graffiti’s style which appealed to me. I ask of her name and she answers ‘My name’s Bernadette.. was’ yours?’, I then ask her if she’d drew them (bit silly I know) and she says yes and she did I could see the glimmer on her face. She asked what I did and I said I went to university nearby and had just finished classes. Our conversation flowed so easy I was certain I had made a friend.
Somewhere in the conversation we spoke about how they feel very ignored and invincible, and alone, and it was at that moment I knew that I wanted my cafe aesthetic to be around the idea of supporting the homeless.
I was very relieved to have finally found something I could personally connect to and enjoy; before I said goodbye Bernadette made a request.. She wanted more paper / board to draw on because it gave her an ‘escape of reality’, I smiled and said “Don’t worry b, I got you
The next day I returned to her with cut out cardboard boxes from a local Tesco and a thick red marker I kept.