Way back in February Effrablog reported on the Bling ya Bike workshops that take place on a Sunday afternoon at the Brixton Community Base on Talma Road. The sessions are to encourage young people to learn basic bicycle maintenance and decorate their bikes in the process.
We’re now delighted to report that funding has been secured for the summer phase of the project, thanks to Brockwell Park MAC, and Brixton Community Base with funds from 95.8FM Help a Capital Child
This so-called Olympiad Bling Ya Bike Programme runs from 1-4pm on June 3rd, June 10th and June 17th at Brixton Community Base. The Programme then transfers to Brockwell Park for a further four weeks between 24th June and 15th July. All are Sundays.
You can just come along, or email Lamonte Johnson on firstname.lastname@example.org to register. If you want to see it in action, check these clips out on youtube
If you think your bike or scooter isn’t cool, and don’t want to fork out for a new one, don’t despair. Come along to a Sunday afternoon “Bling ya bike” session at the St Vincent’s community centre on the corner of Talma and Probert Roads and you’ll be shown how to re-spray it to your own showy design. Or you can choose a recycled bike to work on.
The idea is the brainchild of artist Lamonte Johnson who saw the potential when a bike he had decorated for his girlfriend (to match her decorated shoes) caused such a stir that loads of people started banging on his door wanting him to do one for them.
He says: “I could have just set up a business but decided it would be better if I trained young people how to do it for themselves.”
The sessions run from 1-4pm each Sunday and most people there are between 9 and 19 years old.
This picture shows some of the results. He’s hoping to produce some bikes painted with a jubilee theme in time for the celebrations in June.
Lamonte also runs a fashion outreach project that goes to Tulse Hill and Norwood, giving young people the confidence and skills to to design their own clothing such as teeshirts and baseball caps.
You can find out more here.