Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tuesday 21st November: Old Street Records Cafe

Old Street Records bar have attained the adjacent premises and knocked thru to the corner to add a cafe onto their repertoire.  The music venue will now be open in the day serving not only refreshments but housing a record shop too.  Crates line the walls of the new space stacked with the best new releases (inc. Brownswood, Brainfeeder) in addition to a curated selection of 2nd hand titles.  For the opening week coffees were complimentary and a roster of DJ's were on rotation in store each day including Norman Jaye MBE, Scratch Perverts and Gilles Peterson.  Find the Neon sign at the intersection of Old Street and Curtain Road to dip in for dining and a dig.  

350-354 Old St, London EC1V 9NQ, London

Monday, 20 November 2017

Monday 20th Nov: Isabel Nolan: "Another View from Nowhen"

"Another View from Nowhen" by Dublin-based artist Isabel Nolan, features two works that respond to the history of the location of the ancient Walbrook river which lies beneath the site now occupied by Bloomberg.  The inaugural exhibition in the space uses site-specific geographic and archaeological inspiration in the vibrant, hand-tufted tapestry (The Barely Perceptible Vibration of Everything) and  a large painted-steel sculpture (Blind to the Rays of the Returning Sun).  This soft 20ft tapestry is Isabel's depiction of the physical and historical layering of the location as a "narrative of cosmic proportions."  I like the sound of that!  And that's how I noticed it out of the corner of my eye when I was walking past one drizzly afternoon and the expanse of colour called out to me to stop and investigate.  The gallery lies as the entry to the London Mithraeum so if you plan to visit, you can also see the Roman Artefacts found during the excavations of the archaeological site at the Temple in the heart of the city!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday 19th November: Yukai Du at Atom Gallery

Yukai Du's personal work is now on view at Atom Gallery in her solo show "Time Off"  combining painting, prints and a screen of moving-image animation.  It's a chance to explore what an artist gets up to in her spare time, allowing her imagination to have full reign without restriction from commission.  Stills have been taken from a GIFF and printed as a full series to see the amount of work that goes into each frame of a video.  For example here you can see an image of a reservoir where the banks of the structure are made from hands which is the running theme throughout the narrative.

Yukai's show is open till 26th November with prints and books for sale alongside the gallery's shop from previous exhibitions.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Friday 10th Nov: Wrays Yard Shop Pop Up Store

In addition to the portfolio of different social media channels that I run, I have a third Instagram that I set up anonymously as Laptopschtickers.  I love the way people personlize their portable computers with stickers that map out their interests and networks.  The vinyl logos tell a whole story in graphic communication so you can get a vibe on first glance.  It seems that there aren't as many defaced devices as I had imagined so its harder to find golden nuggets in the fields of screens that take up the majority of London's coffee shops!  Thankfully DJ's seems to be a reliable source of material and here is the latest which I found at Wrays Yard Shop Pop Up Store in Protein Studios recently.  They have the same Boiler Room sticker as me but in the tri-colour-way which I've never seen before!  So good!

Head over to Laptopschtickers to see more and follow my digital discoveries...........

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Thursday 9th November: Bethan Wood's "Toothpaste" SS18 collection for Valextra

Many congratulations to Bethan Wood on her collaboration with Italian luxury accessories label Valextra.  The product designer has worked with the Milanese brand to develop a collection called "Toothpaste" which uses a signature of swirls on both the hardware fittings of handles and clasps to the patterns in the leather panel seaming.  Sections can be popped off via magnetic fastenings and used as separate smaller clutches and pocket-books.  Here you can see Bethan holding one of these detachable components.  
The expansive range of styles and colour-ways first launched in Milan and is following on from London to Tokyo where Bethan will be travelling for the event.  See more via her Instagram here.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wednesday 8th November: My Colour Spectrum Accessories Workshop at Ace Hotel

Come and join an accessories workshop inspired by my current installation at Ace Hotel London on Thursday. Visitors can grab a drink, view and find out more about the Goodlife grassroots charities that the project is supporting. Proceeds from donations will go directly to the charities featured in the installation. Accessories like this will be created out of card and all materials are provided and drinks on arrival are free!

Book a place here.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tuesday 7th November: Birchbox Pop-up, Carnaby Street

I've only started to go out of my comfort zone to dabble in the art of wearing makeup and one of the main contributors to that life-shift is thanks to BirchBox.  I'm signed up to their subscription service which sends out a monthly surprise package of cosmetics picked to match your profile.  This means that I get to try things that I have never encountered before and experiment to see if they work.  Over the course of a year, I now have a whole face worth of components that I can confidently put together.  This means I finally understand foundation, eyeshadow, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, highlighter, bronzer, lipstick, tints, primers ............ not to mention the very handy moisturisers, cleansers, etc etc.  It's always something really useful and today was no exception.  I now finally have a concealer for the first time and excited to try it out!
That's because today I had the treat of compiling a BirchBox for free!  The online retailer have opened a pop-up shop on Carnaby Street in time for the Christmas Lights being switched on.  The first 100 customers thru the door got a golden ticket to use the pick'n'mix style service of selecting five items from a multiple choice menu.  These product ranges encompassed makeup, skin and hair so that it's a complete care parcel.  I feel thoroughly indulged and spoilt.  I can't wait to add these bonus items to my newly flourishing beauty kit bag!