Saturday, 26 April 2014

You Know Where to Find Me

This song deserves a whole blog post. And an explanation.

About two years ago, I went to London Festival of Architecture and attended several talks and events. One talk in particular really stuck with me - the architect David Kohn spoke about his competition-winning project,  A Room For London. The brief was to create a temporary building to sit on top of the Southbank Centre with extraordinary views over the River Thames. Architect David Kohn, along with artist Fiona Banner were inspired by Joseph Conrad's book Heart Of Darkness to design this incredible boat for the competition, as if it were moored by high tide.

As if the boat design itself wasn't awesome enough, this space was designed with a purpose. Artists would be invited to spend a night in the boat, to write stories, poems, songs about whatever inspired them during their time there.

Fast forward a couple of years, I was researching into this project once more as I was reading up before my architecture interviews and I came across one of the artists who was invited to the boat: Imogen Heap! I think her music is divine, and this song has such a beautiful charm and sentiment to it.

The song was based on the river always being there through everything, but I think it applies nicely to people too. If you're as interested in this song as I am, you can hear Imogen Heap speak about it here for forty five minutes. It's worth it.

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'Little Bird' by Imogen Heap

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Camden + Tate Modern + Tate Britain

Art brings me a little bit everywhere for gallery visits or photographing subjects. On Friday, the destination was London for a day discovering the Tate Modern & Tate Britain.

I arrived in the city that morning & decided to explore Camden before meeting my mum at the Tate Modern. I had a look at some possible uni accommodation, went into Urban Outfitters (obviously) and then grabbed myself some lunch at Camden Lock. I love Camden Lock. All the little food stalls reminded me of Reading!

After my rather lovely morning in Camden, I found my way across London to the Tate Modern and set about exploring before my mum arrived. This was my first time at the gallery and its incredbile. I recognised loads of famous art pieces (Picasso's Weeping Woman and Turner's Yacht Approaching the Coast below!) and I must say their shop is a dream - full of arty picture books.

Looking down from the higher levels of the gallery was also impressive - all the tiny people walking around reminded me of Lowry's paintings. Which were exhibited at our next destination: The Tate Britain. We walked across London from one gallery to the other and passed some pretty cool streets on the way.

Once we had arrived, turned out we didn't have much time until closing but I managed to have a quick look around and really really liked the painting above - Girl with a Kitten by Lucian Freud. The eyes and style is incredible. I also spotted some of Lowry's pieces - you see what I mean about the little people now?

So that was my day in London, topped off with a rather unflattering photo of myself mid-sentence. But hey ho, action shots are fun. I really recommend the Tate Modern & Britain. They are probably my joint favourite London Galleries art-wise, although the V&A's coffee shop will always be the greatest.

Happy Easter folks!

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'Uitzicht' by Bakermat (the more you listen the better it gets - especially the saxo bit)
'Rudeboy' by Dub Inc. (I'm still into the reggae)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Coffee With Art & The River

Between clumps of revision, I've had a rather lovely Easter break. I've been cycling, had several coffee shop visits, visited family up North for a weekend and taken on the role of hairdresser for both my best friend & sister (no idea why I'm cutting hair all of a sudden, but it's really fun!).

Yesterday I had another break from revision, meeting the lovely Anam in Bedford for the afternoon. After a little shop for necessities (hooray I now am the owner of some very exciting treasury tags!!!!) and a little Topshop distraction, we made our way to one of Bedford's newest coffee shops; Coffee With Art.

That impressive wall of books is not wallpaper, its literally piles of books. Awesome. And they have the pretty lightbulbs with spirals of wire that I always lust after in John Lewis. The whole design of the place was amazing. The many books scattered around the room were also great, particularly for Anam who is a budding writer herself (you can read a bit of her book here). After a long coffee break, we set out to find the sun along the river.

It was so pretty. Anam picked up an ice cream as we explored the pretty part of Bedford in bloom. There is something about ice creams that makes a place a hundred times more summery. And flowers. And the sun. It was a very summery day.

And then that's me on a bridge. It was so nice to catch up and get away from revision and work. 'Coffee With Art' is also my new favourite coffee shop, I definitely reccommend it.

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A beautiful cover of Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' in the style of Sara Bareilles.
'Down' by the Kooks (lovelovelove this song)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Kinfolk & Focaccia

 Kinfolk is my absolute favourite. For everything.

After stalking Nathan Williams' beautiful blog, daydreaming over every Kinfolk picture on Pinterest and finding myself totally besotted by the brand, I finally bought myself the book. The Kinfolk Table. I have to say, it is genuinely my favourite book ever. It tells the stories of the people behind the recipes, photographing them in their own homes and spaces before sharing their favourite recipes. So far I've only tried a few from the book, but I can tell you that they've all turned out superb.

My most recent bake: Focaccia. This was my favourite bread when I was working in a restaurant and it only requires very basic ingredients, so I was pretty quick to try this recipe out. Guys, I am telling you, it is a slice of happiness. I've baked it twice now (soon to be three) and every time it vanishes in an instant! It's so tasty, and super simple may I add. I definitely recommend the book - even if you don't like cooking it's worth getting it for the words & photographs.

Sorry to bombard you all with my Kinfolk obsession, I just couldn't contain it much longer.

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An article that makes me want to be a shepherd
'The Wine Song' by The Cat Empire
A bit of reggae - 'Down Under' by Men at Work

Saturday, 5 April 2014


Yesterday I handed in all my art coursework. So after a rather busy week of painting and working on my sketchbook, here are two of my favourite pieces I created for my coursework.

The topic I chose for the coursework was 'Food & Cultures' which eventually led me to looking at market stalls as I love the busy atmosphere and beautiful displays. So after masses of research and development, I ended up with these two oil paintings. (Also can we please have a moment of appreciation for the beautiful wooden tables of the art room)

My Easter holidays started today so things are looking up. I think I might just sleep forever and ever starting now.

Except now I need to create an exam folder...

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'On My Way' by The Cat Empire | 'Can't Help Falling In Love' by Ingrid Michealson | 'Ode To My Family' by The Cranberries