Exhibitions

Geffrye Museum

Here are some pictures from the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton. It used to be an almshouse, and is now a museum of furniture and interiors. They have rooms set up showing typical London living rooms in various time periods from the 1600s onwards for families with a medium income, with information about all the objects in the room. They also have a historical garden and restored 18th century almshouse interior, but I didn't get a chance to see them this time. In the run up to Christmas, they'd arranged each room to show how different winter festivals were celebrated in each era (until the 1800s New Year and Twelfth Night were much bigger than Christmas).... Read More...

Visual Diary

As part of my MA, we were required to keep a creative diary keeping track of the professional practice lectures, research, reading, exhibition visits and general inspiration. I finally got around to scanning some of the one from my second year. In the first year I used blog posts for the same purpose, but I felt the need later on for a physical record.... Read More...

Museum of Childhood (again)

Last week I went to the Museum of Childhood with Melanie and Becca. I've been to the place so many times (it's one of my favourite places in London), and I have a lot of photos on this blog of the various different exhibits (look at the Museum  tag), so here's a few things I noticed for the first time. First up this amazing ride-on ladybird toy.... Read More...
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I could be happy (missing images)

I was in London to go to a private view for my friend Mark Pembrey. He does fantastic things with typography and printmaking, and he had an exhibition at Woolfson and Tay, a bookshop in Bermondsey. For some reason, I was expecting it to be in an old quaint building on a market square, but Bermondsey Square turns out to be super modern. In fact they were filming a reality show there, where various famous people had to run a restaurant/hotel. There were quite a few bored looking locals standing around outside the restaurant window to see if they could get a peek of anyone famous. The bookshop's great anyway (although wonderful bookshops are always painful when I'm broke) and I had a better time at the private view, chatting to Erika, Mark, Zoe and our teacher Graham than I ever would have had standing around outside a tv set.... Read More...

Forkbeard Fantasy

I went to see this exhibition at the Festival Hall a little while ago. Forkbeard Fantasy are a group who create stage costumes and props, and make films and peepshow art installations. (I misspelled it as "Folkbeard Fantasy" when I was labelling the Flickr set, which kind of makes sense). There's a strong theme of fantasy, humour and surrealism in all the work, and most of the things in the exhibition were for touching and using rather than being locked away in glass cabinets.... Read More...

Museum of 51

I went to see the Museum of 51 exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall a while back, which is about the Festival of Britain. Basically it was a festival in 1951 to celebrate 100 years since the Great Exhibition and cheer people up in grey, rationed post-war London. As well as films, shows, fairs and so on, there were shows of housing and interiors, to show people what they could look forward to after rebuilding and the end of rationing (everything available for sale in WWII was simple and utilitarian and rationed). My dad went to pretty much all the events, seeing as they were mostly around the corner from him in Battersea.... Read More...

Mariposas

(This is my 200th entry here- do I get some kind of prize, or should I just get out more?) When I was caught outside without an umbrella in torrential rain on my break when I working at the museum over the summer, I took the time to snap some more butterfly photos. My previous efforts are here. I went back with my film SLR just before the exhibition closed too, but I haven't got round to scanning those yet.... Read More...

Butterflies

At my work they've got a butterfly garden in a heated tent over the Easter holidays. I popped in to take some pictures in my tea break earlier this week. I don't know what any of the species are, I don't know much about butterflies. They had a reference board to compare the live ones to, but I didn't have time to look closely.... Read More...

Often Inclined to Borrow Somebody’s Dream Til Tomorrow

I'm a big Syd Barrett fan, but I really can't stand any of the stuff Pink Floyd did after he left (ironic, considering that my MA project supervisor is the guy who designed the cover for Dark Side of the Moon). Recently I went to an exhibition of his paintings, photos and letters. The gallery wasn't the most welcoming place, but I enjoyed the exhibition. I particularly liked the way he would just give his paintings to anyone who liked them. There were some pictures I really liked, but they didn't allow photographs, didn't sell postcards (only prints costing several hundred pounds) and the pictures on the website are covered in ugly watermarks. It's the same as when I went to the Hundertwasser museum in Vienna- an exhibition dedicated to an artist who when they were alive lived in an anti-commercial, diy way, is run after their death in the most snobby manner of the commercial art world available. (I'm not a fan of the atmosphere a lot of commercial galleries create, art is for everyone)... Read More...

Museum of Childhood

On Saturday morning I did a zine workshop for the Brighton Popular Education Collective who run a day of free classes and lectures on things like bike mechanics, sewing and local history one day a month. It was the same workshop I've done loads of times, and it always seems to go down well. This time I had both a lady in her 50s and a very enthusiastic boy of about 7 there.... Read More...

British Museum

Last week I paid a trip to the British Museum. I had a review of work day at uni for my research project (I'm doing a research/practice based MA in Sequential Design) and I felt like I should do something substantialish on the visual research side.... Read More...