Shiree is a digital artist and designer, who also runs a messy art play for under 5’s. She has been with Ian for 21 years and has two daughters aged 8 and 6.
How long have you lived in the area?
We moved into Honor Oak Park 18 years ago, when we were young and free! All we had was a motorbike and a drum kit!
What brought you here?
We saw a wonderful wooden house up for sale and thought, it’s so different and we like different!
What has changed most during that time?
The people! When we moved in, the area had an older generation and declining shops. Now there are young families, Cafe’s and bars, bringing people together.
What do you most value about the area/street you live in?
Our community. Walters Way, was a self build scheme in the 80’s and has a great eclectic mix of people. We come together on a regular basis, kids play out on the street and often sit out with a glass of wine, eating cake. We use any excuse to eat cake!
What one thing would you change?
We live on a steep hill and end up with quite a few skinned knees! It would be lovely to have a flat bit of grass, to play on.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?
I couldn’t do without a good cup of tea! My friends often get me to try all sorts of herbal teas, but I like a good old fashion Gumboot (NZ slang) tea!
The most famous person you’ve seen or met?
Dougray Scott. Many years ago, I used to play social cricket with a mixed bunch of reprobates and he played with us a few times before he was famous. We were rubbish, so he probably has wiped it completely from his memory!
Do you belong to any groups?
I have recently started the Walters Way Art Collective, a group of local Mum’s, exhibiting their art. Together we plan to have shows in and around the area. Our first showing has been for the Dulwich Artists Open House in Walters Way. Foolishly, I also joined the school PTA, so busy organising fundraising events and the Summer Fair!
What’s your favourite place for a night out? Cafe, pub or bar? What’s your favourite place to go for a drink?
I love going out to my local pubs. One of my favourite, is the Catford Constitutional, the old derelict Conservative Club, taken over and restored by Antic London.
Where’s your favourite place to walk?
One Tree Hill! I grew up in Auckland, NZ, near another One Tree Hill! Just love the trees and view!
The book I’m reading at the moment…
I’m reading a book about Duchamp, for inspiration!
My secret ambition…
To spread art and creativity!
Walters Way Art Collective are participating in the Artists’ Open House weekend, 16-17 May.
Showcasing: Shiree Allen prints, referencing modern technology versus the idea of ‘fine art’ in the modern age; Rachael Parfitt, handlettering artist and illustrator; sculpture and textile artist Jo Evans; paintings by Clive Savage; Hiromi Watanabe Jewellery; Liz Workman Photography.
10 Walters Way, SE23 3LH