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Lucinda Rogers At Ridley Rd Market III

Outside Kash fabric shop

Lucinda is discussing her work at the gallery on Thursday 1st February at 7pm. Click here for tickets.

Hamid for fabrics

Hamid Sedigh – “I came to this country in 1974 to see the Beatles in Liverpool. I couldn’t understand English then, but I loved  the music and I used to buy their 45 records. I became a student of fashion at Redbridge College, where I studied for two years. I brought a carpet with me from Iran and I thought, ‘If I need some money, I can sell it.’ I offered it to a rich man for £1000 but he said, ‘I will give you £800.’ It was an expensive silk carpet that I had been given as a present, so I would not part with it. In Stamford Hill, there was a carpet shop I knew run by those gentlemen with black hats and ringlets, so I offered it to them. They offered to swap it for twenty rolls of fabric that they had and I said, ‘Yes.’ I brought it to this Market in 1978 to sell from a stall and I have been here selling fabric ever since.”

Donna & Maria at Jimbos

Donna Merny – “My sister was working here and she asked me to come on Saturday, but I ended up working on weekdays too from nine until four. Almost everyone that works here is a friend of a friend and we all know each other’s children. It’s quite a nice atmosphere and I like meeting the different people, we get all sorts here. There are only a few people, you think, ‘Oh no! Not her again.’ I serve customers and do general tidying up. To be honest, I worked in an office and I didn’t like it at all. Brenda who owns this shop, her family used to have a lot of stalls in this market more than forty years ago.”

Fruit Mountain, entrance to Ridley Rd

Matt Fawcett (just visible behind his fruit mountain) – “I get up at four in the morning and I am at New Spitalfields Market at five-fifteen, five days a week. It pays the bills. The guy who started this stall, he was a prize fighter, so I think that was how he got the best pitch in the market.”

Drawings copyright © Lucinda Rogers

Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification – Drawings from Ridley Rd Market is open at House of Illustration, Tuesday – Sunday from 10am-6pm until 25th March

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