On the other hand, if she’s still off your beaten track, any library or good bookshop is likely to be able to quickly source one of her books, where she shows you how to print fabric, make it into a cushion cover or apron, with simple sewing skills.
If you like this Scandinavian style, you might also enjoy the graphic drawings of “children’s” book characters the Moomins. There’s a immersive exhibition of the Moomins just opened today in the South Bank Centre, London. The exhibition is obviously geared towards families with kids – but the Moomins (written by Tove Jansson) have an appeal and iconic status for adults also.
Tatsuya Tanaka has been shaping everyday things into landscapes with miniature people figures…. this video is silent (why not have fun trying different background music to it).
See http://www.miniature-calendar.com for more, many more, and there is a fresh picture daily. The maker has been publishing a new one daily, so far for 4 years and counting. It has become a regular project, running in public.
I wonder if there is some little fun creative thing you do which people like – could it become a daily challenge? Repetition forces you to think outside the box, and look for new ways of doing something similar.
Bette Davis, American film star of the 1930s, 40s and 50s was also famous for being forthright, a freethinker and demanding on set. In this interview, she is questioned by another intelligent and witty person (Joan Bakewell) – and the result is nine entertaining minutes.
This may sound surprising to people who believe the cliche that artists are irresponsible, lazy over-emotional characters. But when you look at someone who made great art, often, during their lifetime, they are actually hardworkers. It was that regular turning up at the easel, putting in the hours, making a great deal of art – and destroying much of it which they felt didn’t work out – gave them space to experiment but rigorously edit out all but the best, to keep enough successes to make a dent in Art History.
So this is the first birthday of this blog – thank you to all those who have liked, followed and commented. I think a little ice cream is required. Mine’s a pistachio ice cream, lemon sorbet and coffee ice cream sundae…. what are your favourite flavours?
This incredibly comfortable and beautiful design by Angus Ross is handmade in the Highlands of Scotland. Made in hardwoods such as oak, cherry, maple, ash and walnut – this is a heritage item, so bear that in mind when you view the price. It is sculpture, but also gives kinetic movement.
From 4 June, Documentary film “Hokusai” will be shown at selected cinemas in UK
25 May – 13 August Exhibition at British Museum “Hokusai – beyond the Great Wave”
The exhibition will include prints, paintings and illustrated books, many of which are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these extraordinary works together. – British Museum
Cinemas showing the film include Inverness, Aberfeldy, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Alnwick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Liverpool, Sheffield, Brighton, Cambridge, Canterbury, London, Plymouth, Exeter, Swansea, Cardiff, Dublin, Cork……
Full list at: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusai/hokusai_cinema.aspx
words you don’t see often together. But if you sighed over the Sytch Farm Studio ceramics featured recently because you live nowhere near their studio – there are good news for folks in Birmingham and London as Gill Thompson has been in touch to say they
will be at Taste of London and the BBC Good Food show in Birmingham – both shows in mid June
From subtle textural fossil to glowing coloured interiors of vessels… Sytch Farm Studios has got it going on. Potter Gill Thompson throws, turns and glazes the works, in Shropshire, England SY5 7LL – and you can choose from a wide range of colourways to make your own dinner service (a lovely indulgence for a wedding list!). If you have an order value over £200, you can commission to your requirements.
Also available (see bottom of page) beautifully shaped wooden boards for chopping or simply serving food upon, from same address, made by Jon.