Category: Art

Smile x

Borastapeter wallpaper take classic designs and interpret them in a contemporary way.

Because there’s great joy in taking an accepted pleasure spot and moving the boundaries just enough to find the riches inbetween.

The joy moves up a notch further when the price point is a sensible one.

(All pics Pinterest)

Then the heat it attracts is both warming and thrilling.

Laters, Kate x

Smile Plastics!

Hats in the air to Waitrose starting a ‘bring your own containers’ trial to Oxford.  Plastic packaging for a range of products like pasta, cereals, rice, coffee, wine and frozen fruit will be removed and replaced with a refill your own station.  About bloody time one of the big supermarkets did this.  When they roll it out across all stores (fingers crossed) maybe they’ll use Smile Plastics in their design..

Smile Plastics is a material, design and manufacturing house making desirable hand crafted panels from waste material.  Their vision is to change people’s perceptions around waste via innovation – to use art and technology to unlock the hidden potential in recycling and open peoples eyes to the unexpected beauty of scrap.  In doing so they hope to inspire more people about sustainability and recycling.

(All pics Pinterest)

Transformative.

Laters, Kate x

Art x

 

It’s half term this week and we’re decamping to Kent for a taste of the simple life.  If you have a moment, watch the BBC’s Celebrity Painting Challenge available on iplayer.  There’s something incredibly joyful about the participants happiness in creating.  Makes me want to pack a paintbrush….

 

Back next week, laters, Kate x

Just Pose x

 

Need some fashion inspired binge watching mashed with 80s vibes and pure soul?

 

Something full of escapism that’s not only big – hearted but revelatory?

 

(All pics Pinterest)

Watch Pose on BBC2/BBC iplayer. Not only fabulous but utterly fabulous.

 

Laters, Kate x

Blue Soho x

 

Iridescent turquoise bricks and art-deco-style cornice are not descriptions you expect from an industrial building in the heart of London.  But the fact that the building is going to be the headquarters for Damien Hirst might explain it further…

Until you realise that Stiff and Trevillion, the architects, designed the building not knowing who would occupy it.  Maybe the address being 30 Beak Street in vibrant, creative Soho is the final piece of the puzzle.

At the base, the hand-dipped glazed bricks are a deep blue, transitioning to the lighter blue as the building reaches higher.

( All pics Pinterest)

 

It’s enough of a statement to be shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA London Awards.  And yet another reason to pay a visit to Soho.

 

Just wish this grim London weather would buck up…

Laters, Kate x

 

Going shopping, flicking through fashion magazines even scrolling through websites I rarely find myself.  There’s what I’m meant to aspire to, what I’m supposed to want, carefully curated projections of what I’m supposed to think.  But there’s a big distance between me and what’s there.  It’s like in the great desire to make money and consume, we’ve allowed ourselves to be swallowed up, and we’ve forgotten what it means to really be. And there’s a cost: somewhere there’s a dark hole of insecurity that’s been left to grow and spread so much of the sadness I see, because if we’re always meant to be striving for something that isn’t us, where’s the love for who we really are? Maybe that’s why I love this article so much, written in Toast magazine.  They’ve found normal women like Susan Hay above, living extraordinary lives who’s  style  is  inherent  to them  as  human  beings.

 

(Beautiful pictures by Elena Heatherwick, see Toast and Pinterest)

 

This is about women who have stood the test of time, with their wardrobes that have done the same: True inspiration.

 

Laters, Kate x

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Inspiration x

 

This morning I have two fruity magpies in the garden which proves that the days are pushing towards spring and that there has been enough time to retrospect the New Year.  I’m not a great believer in resolutions, but I ‘ve found that organically something takes root each year, even if it’s unintentional.  This years adaption has emerged like a fresh breeze, a feeling of wonder, a walk in the park:  One day a week, usually a Wednesday, I take something that has intrigued or justified further exploration and follow it back to it’s roots, taking in the offshoots along the way.  This week didn’t start with a person or a thought, but a podcast.  There are so many out there, the only stipulation was it had to last ten minutes – the time it takes to tidy a kitchen. I found ‘The Psychology behind with Dr Linda Papadopoulas’ I listened, enjoyed and went back for more. That’s when I found her interview with Jordan Stephens from the Rizzle Kicks,(also to be found on Spotify) the cheeky scamps of British hiphop remembered with joy and mental connections of summer fun and lazy days. This was overlaid with the memory of a talk Jordan gave about toxic masculinity, a subject normally avoided by your average rapper. It paved the way for an inspirational interview that leaves you rewinding it in your head for a long time afterwards.

The next step back along the chain was the original Ted talk: Everyone loves an underdog, given by Jordan that inspired Linda to interview him. It’s the anti-hot house talk that many parents need to hear, how expectation can be a killer of growth. In it he mentions an ex-girlfriend, Cecilia Knapp who’s a writer, and you’re in the moment thinking what is this bed of creativity that bled, fed and made these attitudes? So you follow the story because Cecilia Knapp has made a Ted Talk too.

And I can only hope that by now you are as blown away as I was by her talent, performance skill and art, revelling in her silky words, caught in the rhythm of her mesmeric story telling.

The final step was to her website, to find she regularly gives performances – and that’s where this story will end – a trip to a poetry reading given by Cecilia Knapp, because I’ve never been to one before.  But I couldn’t be more excited: There are times when the internet becomes a weapon of war, anger and destruction, but like most things, it has a flip side, a slip side where, with the slightest of pushes, a wondrous world of imagination awaits.

Laters, Kate x