Friday, 18 September 2009

ShadowBookBlind @ Nissan: East meets West - London Design Festival

Emmie Joseph is exhibiting with Nissan during London Design Festival and would like to invite you along for another chance to see her decorate & illustrate using shadow as a transient form of print. Also, the work of 20 other designers across many disciplines under the theme of East meets West. Other designers include Alana Florence, Alessia Giardino, and Solenne Morigeaud.

23rd, 24th & 25th September - Doors open 2:00pm with guided studio tours commencing daily at 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

Nissan Design Europe
181 Harrow Rd
W2 6NB

From Paddington Station, look for signs to Sheldon Square. then follow the canal.

"Nissan Design Europe will open its doors and organise a series of tours of the facility where one can discover the automotive design process.

But that's not all: NDE will aim at celebrating the diversity of London's creative industries and become a creative hub hosting arts and design displays by various artists under the theme of 'East meets West: the crossroads of Creativity'."

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Yinka Shonibare - Odette Odile

I went to the Deloitte Ignite event at ROH last weekend, although I really went to see this, and left for Pestival after I saw it and didn't really take in anything else. Nothing else caught my attention. I liked this alot though. It's a play on Odette/Odile in Swan Lake - 2 ballerinas, one black one white, wearing african textile tutus dance and mirror each other on each side of a fancy mirror frame. It's very very beautiful. As I watched it I found myself forgetting these were 2 seperate people...then remembering, and wanting one to cross the invisible line of the "mirror". Like when Dorothy helps Ozma out of the mirror in Return to Oz! Maybe.

Yinka Shonibare does a lot of installation type art using African textiles in European settings, like the ballet, or ballgowns. He makes his point in a very visually attractive way. I like that.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Radical Nature @ Barbican

I am so sorry. Goodbye - Heather and Ivan Morison 2008

This is good. I love this bird-like house, and it is outside the Barbican by the lake for the Radical Nature exhibition. you can sit inside and feel relaxed while looking out of triangular windows!

Green Room by A12 is like a little tardis but when you step inside, it's mirrored and you feel as though you are in a large kaleidascopic garden. It's quite magical. I'd like to sit in a corner of it and read books.

There are lots of interesting concepts and ideas, though I couldn't understand some of it. I don't think it's entirely my fault either, I think some of it plain doesn't explain or make sense. But it's nontheless fascinating and visually exciting.

My highlights were the Blur Building and Agnes Denes, more details below.

It's well worth going to this, it gives you alot to think about. I wish there had been more real nature inside that you could touch somehow. I wish the floors could have been grass....but I guess that would be a waste of grass. And effort as it would quickly have been trampled and dying.

Agnes Denes

Agnes Denes is an environmental artist who planted a wheatfield in the middle of new york, and planted a forest in a beautiful mathematical pattern. Planting things and nurturing life in the name of art seems very lovely to me. The forest is someting that will continue to grown in beauty over time and eat some carbon dioxide. Seeing a wheatfield in the city is an amazing contrast and thought provoking. Her ideas are simple, interesting and meaningful.

Blur Building

Why had I never seen this before? It's beautiful and amazing, a building shrouded in mist! So poetic and suggestive of a fairytale or futuristic narrative.

(Dillier Scofodio & Renfro 2002)

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Oh! Oh! Oh!

Raspberries cost way too much. Especially when you grew up picking them from the garden. But I had to bake these because they looked like heaven. A layer of brownie, a layer of cheesecake and a layer of raspberry cream. They taste SO GOOD. And they're pretty :) They almost look like they do in the book!

Thank you Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for giving me this pleasure.

I heart cake.