Teen speak and the streets of South London have inspired several creative projects for one of Made in Croydon’s youngest members Jada Bruney. Attending the Brit School in South London, she became aware of all the contrasting voices around her, all of the disparate cultures.

“I heard all of my classmates and it seemed like each one was speaking a different language. It made me think, what is ‘real’ English because the language that we speak is always evolving.”

Already making prints for her own T-shirts at the time, she decided to take her design skills into the world of publishing, conceiving of and creating a comic strip book called Slangphabet.

South London also inspired a second publication. “I asked people ‘What is the most South London thing you have ever seen’,” she explains – and turned the results into an illustrated book, powered with street cred and urban stories.

what is the most south london thing you have seen book by Jada Bruney

Relatively new to the circuit – her stall at June’s Made in Croydon Wandle Park event was just her 4th market – check out her portfolio here, follow her on Twitter @realjadabruney and on Instagram at @jada_art. Watch this space!

Made in Croydon is partnering with the Croydon Creative Enterprise Zone scheme to support and encourage the work of young entrepreneurs. If you’re under 25 and would like to take part in our Made in Croydon markets, you may be eligible for a discounted space – email us at info@madeincroydon.org to find out more.