Friday, 30 March 2012

Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern

4 April  –  9 September 2012
Tate modern exhibition!

This is a much anticipated exhibition for me as I have been fascinated with Hirst's work since my art teacher back in GCSE's showed me his Mother and Child Divided, a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf suspended in formaldehyde. His work is undoubtedly one of most recognised for a living artist, and certainly reaping the benefits of his fame and fortune.
I had actually come across a documentary "The great contemporary art bubble" that explains why Artists such as Hirst have been such a success.

The exhibition will include such works as the ever famous "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living  1991"(below) amongst an array of other former art pieces.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Really great illustrated lectures!

I was introduced to these illustrated lectures a while back, they have recently come back into my life and I feel very strongly about the message that is being put forward!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Mirrored prints!

Fresh and vibrant coloured 'mirrored florals'! The perfect way to wear florals without looking too cute or girly this summer! From Catwalk to high-street, this is a trend adaptable for any woman!

Left to Right: Stella McCartney Spring 2012
Left to Right: Ware house, ASOS, Warehouse
Left to Right: New Look, Topshop
Erdem: Pre-fall 2012
Left to Right:   Givenchy,    Peter Pilotto,   Preen,    Stella McCartney,   Thakoon

The Faberge big egg hunt!!

Im gutted that I cant be in the UK for this at the moment!

The Faberge big egg hunt consists of 210 egg sculptures hidden around London. All of which are uniquely made by top Artists and Designers.

These are then auctioned off for 'Action for children' and 'Elephant family' charities!

My eye is on the Mary Katrantzou and Where's wally eggs!

My spies in London are on the hunt on my far we have found 3!

If you want to join in, then go to the website and get registered, take photos and if you have the money...BID!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Living Wall

A russian street artist, Nikita Nomerz, makes derelict structures come alive by adding eyes and facial features.
He says: 
"I started in school with classic hip hop graffiti but became more interested in street art and began all sorts of experiments. Now basically I like to play with space and objects. I am inspired by the place itself. I love watching the city and finding an interesting point. Usually I do not spend so much time to create one work, sometimes less than an hour. But it all depends on the size of the object and my ideas" 
"It would be nice if people started paying more attention to what is around us."
Check out the rest of his work at

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The collection, André Studios 1930-1941

A new collection, André Studios, includes Fashion Drawings & Sketches taken from 1930-1941. These images have been taken from the Collections of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the New York Public Library. There are more than 5,000 original drawings open to todays designers.

this site aims to inspire today’s designers while also documenting the significant role of New York’s fashion industry in the history of 20th-century fashion.”

Thursday, 23 February 2012

I guess its better than the ship in a bottle...?

New installation on the fourth plinth has had mixed reviews. I personally think its allot better than some of the previous works we have had up there, my favourite so far being Alison Lapper.
One of the many comments include how this fits in with the statues already standing at Trafalgar Square, that being the image of authority figures sat on horses. The artist themselves say that it was more to remind us to appreciate the little moments and achievements...


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Belle Sauvage S/S 2012

London Fashion Week

Belle Sauvage Ready-To-Wear

Spring/Summer 2012

I came across this guy promoting his work on a LinkedIn discussion group.
Style of clothing is reminiscent of Mary Katrantzou's S/S 2012 collection but his repeat and mirrored prints are, without a doubt, just beautiful.

Fashion gone rogue

This is a great site! I came across these fantastic prints....
Carola Remer by Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany January 2012
Beautiful colours, whimsical designs, taking dated patterns and imagery and giving them that saturated Pop feeling!

Ever favourable Basso & Brooke S/S 2012

Basso & Brooke never cease to present some beautiful combinations of colour and imagery composed in what might seem haphazardish, but in fact work beautiful when constructed and put onto the body!

Some of my favourites form the collection!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

BT launches ArtBox project celebrating 25 years of Childline

Similar to Cow Parade and Elephant Parade (struggling to find my photos as an example in my huge archive of photos!) But here are some examples of Bristol attempting something similar to jog your memory!

This summer BT are making Gilbert Scott's designed red telephone box into stunning artworks 

• BT marks 25th anniversary of ChildLine with launch of open-air art exhibition in London 
• BT ArtBox project will see leading artists, designers and creatives transform full-size replicas of the iconic red telephone box 
• Throughout June and July 2012, BT ArtBoxes will be on display in high-profile locations across the capital 
• The National Portrait Gallery will host a gala auction on July 18 where the ArtBoxes will be auctioned to raise money for ChildLine 

Monday, 13 February 2012

I want one!!

A pen and digital translator tool! You can draw on the go and have your drawings stored digitally to be developed later on the computer! Genius!

Visit website here

Taxidermy meets accessories!

Facebook is usually seen as a social interactive site, but sometimes someone posts an absolute gem! So as I was rummaging through the facebook wall one day, I noticed a friend had posted a picture of a Seagull stuffed with pearls. No reference to who it was by, so I had to do some investigating...

The artist, Jane Howarth, created this collection entitled 'Bonne Bouche' from vintage 1930s taxidermied sea birds.

…glamorous ladies discard their fashions and adornments and head for the seduction of the shimmering surf and shingle. Upon their distraction scavenger gulls descend and feast on the picnic of kid leather gloves, pearl necklaces and other delightful items left abandoned on the sand. (Jane Howarth)

I have read a few articles and opinions based around this work, along with the artists statement itself, personally I think the piece should stand for itself. I'll give you a moment to make your own opinion before I continue...
So according to the artist, the work is about: 
"how pollution from chemical, radioactive, and nutrient sources, oil spills and marine debris are killing thousands of sea birds. [...] The stomachs of the birds on display are full with what one might see as beautiful objects such as pearls and leather gloves, these are also things that humans have taken from nature to enrich their lives but discard at a whim when (perhaps) fashion dictates. Thus trying to make comment on the effect our lifestyle of lustful consumerism has on the world that sustains us."
I dont think its an awful statement to make, I agree on some points regarding consumerism, but feel the piece holds well on its own, the mystery and form of the objects are far more powerful than the concept created to justify it.

Which brings me to my next find! 

I have to admit that despite the morbid nature of these necklaces, I think they are fantastic!
The combination of beads merging with the remains of the bird carcass' somehow removes any negative association with death, transformed and given new life.