During the Christmas holidays while we were staying at Dave’s mum’s, I took a little daytrip to Birmingham. I thought it was ridiculous I’d been going to Leicester regularly for at least a decade and had never been. Dave wasn’t keen as he is convinced it’s a shithole, based on last having been there in 1997, and isn’t open to change his mind, so I arranged to meet up with sewing bloggers Roisin, Charlotte and Victoria for some lunch and fabric shopping. I was a lovely day, sewing people are always so easy to get on with, even if you’ve never met them before! It was also the first time I ever had Korean food, and I got some lovely fabric (and am very jealous at the selection and prices)
But that’s not really what this post is about, it’s about what I did before I met up with them, which was walk around this area Digbeth that is a street art nirvana. Seriously, a higher concentration of stuff than in Prenzlauerberg in the early 2000s! These were mostly large mural pieces, although there was also a few smaller ones. It’s difficult to explain how exciting this was for me, with a new amazing thing round every corner. Anyway… The area is also home to this cultural centre/creative offices thing called the custard factory, so I expected it to be a bit hipster central, but actually it was pretty much just dead. It was a weekday so you obviously can’t expect massive crowds, but it felt quite forlorn really. There’s an article here suggesting that it is being mismanaged, fingers crossed it can be saved. It seems a shame, because from what I could see it has huge potential, and it’s only about 20 minutes from the station and the bullring shopping area.
Outside of the custard factory, it was quite an industrial area with big brick warehouses, lots of garages, taxi firms, car parks, some clubs (which were obviously closed at 11 on a Monday), though there were a couple of guys filming themselves rapping along to a hip hop song in front of one of the murals, it was pretty funny.
I’ve got LOADS more photos, so I’ll do at least another couple of these posts, these are just the landscape format pictures!