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Light Show

At the weekend OH finally got to see the amazing Light Show exhibition at the Hayward Gallery and wow was it worth the wait. It was one of the best exhibitions we've seen ages and there was only one piece we didn't like (& annoyingly that was the one we queued up for about 20 mins to see). The added bonus was I got to see the lovely Ken who I used to work with back in the day when I worked at the Craft Council. Photos were not allowed but I snuck a few in via the IPhone which are below. Can't recommend this exhibition enough though book in advance as its super popular!!



This room was a little bit eerie with smoke swarming around the light
This room was our favourite with moving shadows on the walls which did make you feel very queasy but in a good way! A piece of art that gives you a truly physical reaction - awesome!

Not the best room but was very photographic!
This installation had A LOT of strobe lighting but was fun if not a bit mental....

Here is OH and I standing on the installation which was in what looked like a photo booth. You had the same effect looking up as well. Felt as if I was in space....

Love the red on red - below is another part of the room
The more you walked round the different area of light in this room the stronger the reaction you got though there were lots of children running around which was a tad annoying.....

Crafty Fox Spring Market

It was that time of year again when the Crafty Fox Market was back in town. And for the first time in 3 markets I wasn't ill, or had had surgery so was able to help on the door for a bit as well as take photos. I love doing the door, meeting people and supporting an event I really enjoy but blimey it was cold. For most of the day there was snow, coldest March I can remember.

Despite the weather lots of people braved the Arctic conditions  
 Ndamus London had some incredible leather goods.
 I have started regretting not getting one of these little monsters from Pygmy Cloud 
 Great designs from Lulu and Luca
 I'm a sucker for a cute plushie. These are by Terri Leahy Designs
 Hope and Eden are always a joy to photograph
 I was in seventh heaven photographing Yas-Ming Ceramics, it reminded me of being in the V&A Ceramics Galleries. It was such a shame that the light was so appalling I had to use flash
 Iwishiwasa had some new sparkly suits and challenged me to get a decent picture. This was the best I could do but was very happy with the results.
 I love the graphics on Cecily Vessey's ceramics
 Ketcup on Everything (both up and down) really made me smile

 As well as stalls there are workshops. Here is Mr Wingate - for £5 you could design  your own screen printed tote bag or apron.
And finally part of the joy of the market is the music. Whilst I was doing the door there was a fantastic 80s set including Ofra Haza, MARRS, De La Soul and I even had a little sing a long to Prince's 'Kiss'. Magic! Anyway here is 50% of the Crafty Fox at the decks.

A trip back in time

Blimey, I can't believe it's a month since I last wrote. March has not only been incredibly busy at work (meaning that I have little energy for much else) but for most of it I've been ill. A few days after I went to the Wetlands Centre I came down with a horrible virus which then led to a chest infection which I'm still struggling to shift hence the radio silence.

And on top of all that the weather for the whole of March has been hideous, oh except one glorious day when the sun shone, people were laying parks soaking up the rays, even taking the jackets off apparently. I say apparently as it was all hear say as I was stuck in bed feeling rotten. Last weekend it rained. A lot. But OH and I haven't been out for ages so I suggested going to the London Transport Museum. I've never been in the museum before but I've often visited the shop as I love the posters from the tube. And as part of the 150 years of the tube celebration they put on an exhibition of 150 years worth of posters. And it was amazing. Here are a few pictures I took but I doubt they'll do it justice.

Shame the dogs are no longer there but clever graphics
Not all the posters were huge
This made me smile as I used to work near Angel tube station
Lost problem has always been a problem it seems!
I love the graphic simplicity of these posters.
I've always loved this poster but think I've only ever seen it as a postcard. Was great to see it in the flesh so to speak.
This was a poster from 1926 depicting how the artist though London would look in 2026 - it was very blade runner!
Downstairs there actual buses, tubes and trolley cars. I got a little giddy with excitement for some bizarre reason.
Ding ding all aboard. Inside an old fashioned route master which made me feel quite nostalgic.
The tube in the 70s complete with mannequine
This is part of one of the original steam powered tubes. It felt a little like the Hogwarts Express
The tubes played an important role in the war as a place of shelter during air raids but I didn't realise you could get a reserved ticket.....
 
Although it was pricey to get in £15 (which became an annual ticket you could use as many times as you want) and FULL of small children running riot OH and I really enjoyed our time there. Who knows we may even go back before the year is out to get out moneys worth!