I went and checked out Hussein Chalayan's show at The Design Museum today. Whilst I wasn't too into the curation nor his dodgy CGI films, I did like his collection 'Afterwords'. It looked at how to conceal and carry personal possessions whilst on the move and seeking refuge during war. Tables turned into skirts, chairs into suitcases, chair covers into garments. Clever and inspiring stuff.
It had been a long time since I'd gone to a gallery and drawn all day so I went along to see a really nice show at The Approach Gallery and then went on to The Museum of Childhood. It turned out to be the best day ever and I ended up with a book full of good things. My favourite finds of the day at The Museum of Childhood were a 'Paper Pottery' kit from 1969, a do-it-yourself flock kit from 1968 and a Minicinex projector from 1977. Children's toys were so much better then. I'd like to lay my hands on any of the above. Meanwhile at The Approach Gallery, I re-discovered the talents of Sonia Delaunay. Nice.
I recently came across the Acne Paper and I'm hooked. If you want a very good read and pretty pictures this is the paper for you.
My house is a bit like an old curiosity shop. Lots of hidden treasures lurking behind every door. My favourite weekend find was my Dad's old collection of luggage labels tied to a leather keg (not too sure how that works?!) from his extensive world travels back in the day. Ahh the colours and in general everything about them is pretty amazing.
Somewhere along the line, I bought a pair of shoes. Inside the shoes I found some lovely card 'shape supporters' that look like little paper shoes. I got inspired so decided to make one of my own in yellow. If only they were wearable!
I made a pair of origami-esque roller boots. I'm hopefully going to make a whole family of origami objects in the not so distant future so keep those eyes peeled!
I just got back from a bit of time in the snow. I passed up the offer to eat Horse steak, but fell in love with a chair!
In October '08 I worked with set designer Gillian O'Brien on the National TV Awards. I particularly enjoyed C-list celebrity spotting!
Since May last year, I've been assisting Chrissie Macdonald of Peepshow on the current Orange ad campaign. My hands have now pretty much made everything under the sun and some, out of paper, card and foam-board!
Just before Christmas I had a stall at The Super Christmas Market at Somerset House with Bryony Birkbeck. We decided to bring out the dressing up box and the Christmas jumpers and get everyone to dress up and stand in our specially built sets. We then took Polaroids and created personalised Christmas cards. Here is one for you to enjoy!
A couple of weeks ago I took myself off to The Tate Modern to see Cildo Meireles' show. I didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I especially liked this piece called 'Red Shift 1' which was reminiscent of a Stanley Kubrick set. Everything in the room was red, even the shoes in the wardrobe and the food in the fridge. Amazing.
So, I have decided to get back on the blog bandwagon after a long long time! I recently went to Berlin and utterly fell in love with the place and this book by Bernard Granger aka Blexbolex. Amazing colours, amazing shapes. I love it when you do judge a book by it's cover and it lives up to and goes beyond expectations.