London’s Hidden Histories: Remembering Limehouse Chinatown
London’s first Chinatown was established in the 1800s near the docklands in Limehouse. Today, there are little to no remnants of this rich cultural past. I’ve created a series of Chinese papercut-inspired decorative windowpieces for the restaurants, grocery stores, and laundromats around the town to bring this history back to life.
The first Chinese-owned busineses in Limehouse were mostly grocery stores, laundromats, and restaurants. I designed three different woodcuts based off of these businesses to be implemented in the current restaurants, grocery stores, and laundromats in Limehouse.
The woodcuts were implemented in context-specific locations based on the designs. The restaurant-themed piece would be implemented on restaurant walls and windows, laundry-themed piece implemented in laundromats, and grocery store-themed piece in grocery stores.
bonus: scrap paper for spraypainting... turned out quite nicely