“Survival Techniques” – Naomi Edmondson
7th October – 5th November 2017
Designer Naomi Edmondson began legal street art project ‘Survival Techniques’ in 2015 after a
period of feeling low. The paintings aim to promote hope and optimism. “It started as a list I made for myself
to remind me what to do when I was feeling really low: things that always made me feel a bit better” says Naomi,
“They were always super simple things like ‘Talk to someone, anyone, about anything’ which came from me chatting
to the guy in my local shop for a few minutes. I realised that I would leave the shop feeling much more a part of
the world again”.
After finding that friends found similar ‘Survival Techniques’ worked for them, Naomi began to think about ways of
sharing the list, and after seeing a local street artist at work in East London, she decided that the street would be the
best, most democratic place to share them.
The first wall she painted was “Hide Less Chat More” – words from a friend with whom she first shared her
Survival Techniques list. She now has many paintings spread across London.
The exhibition, which ran for three weeks (and was extended by a further week), was Naomi’s first solo exhibition
and showed both original paintings and limited edition screenprints of her work. The exhibition coincided with
World Mental Health Day on Tuesday October 10th, and 10% of all money raised by the exhibition was donated
to the Rethink Mental Illness charity.