Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A Walk in the Park part two

As I said in my previous post one of my favourite things is going for a walk in Brockwell Park on crisp winter days. The following week we were bathed in glorious sunshine, I wasn't at the work and I was on my own so I grabbed the camera to capture the light. Here's what I saw - enjoy!

A Walk in the Park

One of my favourite things in life is going for a walk in my local park, Brockwell Park, especially in the midst of winter on a bright, crisp day. There is something magical about the light that is all so precious during the short days just after Christmas. So in late December OH and I went to stretch our legs during the Festive period.
 It was a bright, cold afternoon and I knew one of my favourites sights would be available, ducks on ice - what's not to love! 

 The sky line whilst we went round the park had an purple glow at some points

 followed by patches of blue sky
 It's been a topsy turvy winter as it's been relatively mild which is confusing the flowers. Here are a few shots from the walled garden. I know - blossom in December - it's bonkers!

 And finally a few more shots of the ice just as the light started to fade. 

Monday, 26 January 2015

Who are you? Grayson Perry at the NPG

Now the fine art of blogging is not to start a post 'sorry it's been a long time blah blah blah' but I've realized its been nearly two months. Not sure where those months have gone and you may find me trying to play catch up so apologies in advance!

So to start with OH and I went to see the incredible Grayson Perry at the National Portrait Gallery. If you haven't been and live in London I can't urge you strongly enough to go and see this exhibition.

The pieces, placed throughout the galleries, were also featured in a brilliant Channel 4 series 'Who Are You?' exploring identity within our modern British Society. They are both witty and insightful using a wide range of media from Perry's famous pots to tapestry to silk screen printing to sculpture to name a few. The pieces are placed throughout the NPG so you find yourself wandering through galleries (guided by a map) you wouldn't normally find your self such as  (what I find) the dreary portraits of Victorian politicians.

One of the first pieces you see is this enormous tapestry exploring what it is to be British

A smaller taper
This pot drew inspiration from a same sex couple who had adopted a mixed race child
This screen printed 'Ashford Hijab' drew inspiration from a British woman who converted to Islam. 

This pot was probably the most moving and covers a couple affected by Alzheimers. 

A statue in the Benin style exploring transgender. 
A minature of Rylan Clark made famous through (I think) Big Brother but inspired by Elizabethan Miniatures 
The Jesus Saves money box

I had been to see Grayson Perry's wondrous exhibition the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum which brought me so much joy. The added bonus of this exhibition (apart from being free) is that you could take photos. Always a plus in my view!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Crafty Fox goes North

For the first time ever the Crafty Fox went up North, over the river to Dalston. Not an area I know well except for the Clown Service so it was nice to go somewhere not so familiar. Other bonus was that it's near where OH lives so he came and met me afterwards so we could for a quick pint before heading back down south
So we were welcomed by this life size, 3D illustration by Jimbobart which can normally be seen in his inspirational shop in Cheshire Street. It was certainly an instagram hit. 
I treated myself to a Ceridwen Hazelchild mirror for a present. And it came in it's own little pouch - just perfect
 Love the bold colours of Georgia Bosson's work 
 A highlight of most of Crafty Fox markets is cake made by the wonderful Teas Knees. At the last market I completely missed my cake fix and so by the time I rocked up for my treat on a Sunday afternoon they'd run out. Nooooooooooooooooooooooo
So this time I was organised and treated myself to a simply divine piece of apply strudle type tart with a crunchy top and salted caramel. Simply delicious! I can also recommend their sausage rolls and piccalilli which help me get through the day. 
 Now most makers hate been included in my pictures but Rod from Rodolgy, my fellow Brixtonite was more than willing.  
 And his work (made of upcycled watches) is devine 
 And here is some of his new work. Such a joy to photograph but only now that I have the macro lens! 
Girl and Bird had an early start coming up from Bristol. She'd been up since 5am! Rather her than me
 Birds in Hats have a new much which is fab. 
 Love this image of I am Acrylic's work 
 Crafty Fox regular Mr Wingate was on hand for screen printing bags with a bit of seasonal cheer
 And foxes 
 Love this image of Jill's work 

So more Crafty Fox next week as it returns to it's spiritual home, Brixton and yep you've guessed it, I'll be there talking photos.