Category Archives: Summer

Monday..with Barbican inspiration

July 18, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - colour - London - Summer

Photo 18-07-2016, 11 00 49This morning I was completely stunned by how beautiful all the planting is at The Barbican in London; the colours, the textures, the diversity of plants and flowers there is so beautiful at the moment that it was impossible not to a) take loads of photos and b) be completely inspired, so here are my visual pickings which informed by arrangement today ( on another table as I’m staying in London this week! )Photo 18-07-2016, 11 07 49 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 10 01 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 12 25 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 13 05 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 10 26 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 02 14 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 04 14 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 03 39 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 05 13 Photo 18-07-2016, 14 59 14 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 06 51 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 11 30 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 08 34 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 28 31 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 35 43 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 58 48 Photo 18-07-2016, 11 36 26Photo 18-07-2016, 12 00 50 Photo 18-07-2016, 14 30 56 Photo 18-07-2016, 14 26 50 Photo 18-07-2016, 14 16 27

You can see the Steller Story app version here and more of my instant inspiration on my Snapchat: five5ftinf

Saturday…with ‘Destinations’

July 9, 2016

Filed Under : Art - London - Summer - trips

Photo 09-07-2016, 10 31 50 Yesterday I went to ‘Destinations’;an exhibition at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf on the Southbank in London.

It’s an exhibition which showcases the work of new designers and makers for performance, graduates of Edinburgh College of Art and Bournemouth, Birmingham and Rochester Universities.

It’s only on until 10th of July but is a brilliant and atmospheric exhibition to go to if you can, and it’s free!

This is just a visual taster from my trip yesterday…

dress above by Lydia HannPhoto 09-07-2016, 10 33 42

Photo 08-07-2016, 14 37 39 work above in the foreground, and below  by Rosie Whiting . Work above, behind ( in light blue ) by Rosie RatcliffePhoto 08-07-2016, 14 37 15 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 38 00 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 44 31 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 39 00 Cloak above and below by Lily BailiePhoto 08-07-2016, 14 38 48 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 35 25 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 08 12 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 08 27 dress above by Lydia HannPhoto 08-07-2016, 14 17 40 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 17 55 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 11 58 Photo 09-07-2016, 10 54 45 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 36 30 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 21 18 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 11 39 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 10 41 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 22 29 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 13 27 Photo 08-07-2016, 13 37 51 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 24 09 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 35 55 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 24 22 Photo 08-07-2016, 14 27 44 Photo 09-07-2016, 10 34 27

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Wednesday…with ‘A Beautiful Disorder’

July 6, 2016

Filed Under : Art - Summer - trips

Photo 01-07-2016, 14 45 46Last week I was invited to visit Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood in West Sussex and met up with Karen ( @thislittlecorner ). Neither Karen or I had ever been before even though we both live in Sussex, and hadn’t realised what an absolutely amazing place it was…

Currently they have a fantastic new exhibition of work by Chinese Artists called ‘A Beautiful Disorder’...which is the first major exhibition of newly commissioned outdoor sculpture by contemporary Greater Chinese artists to be shown in the UK.

The grounds also have pieces from many other artists as well as a few beautifully designed buildings, so the whole experience is absolutely brilliant and really made me wish I’d known        about the place when my son was much younger as it’s a fantastic place to bring the family ( so much room to run around! )…although I’m now desperate to bring him along as a 15 year old, as it’s just the sort of thing which massively fires his imagination…

( Image above ‘Triton III’ by Bryan Kneale, 2007 )
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All the sculptures are within beautiful woodland and grassed areas with gorgeous views across the countryside and you can read more about the property and grounds here 

We were taken on a tour of the new works by the Chinese artists, passing permanent pieces en route, So below is my  visual tour with links to more detailed information each piece below the images…

Below: Left to Right: ‘Bollards’ by Antony Gormley, 2001 and ‘Grand Peregrine’ and ‘Peregrine’ by Stephen Cox, 2009Photo 01-07-2016, 15 15 59

A Beautiful Disorder:

Below: ‘Panorama 2’ by Wang WeiPhoto 02-07-2016, 08 59 05 Photo 01-07-2016, 13 42 33 ( you can also see the artist’s models on display )Photo 01-07-2016, 13 35 24 Below: ‘Bu Num Civilisation Wheel’ by Tu Wei-Cheng Photo 01-07-2016, 14 36 29 (1) I loved this piece as it really felt like a living, working installation…an excavation of a modern piece of art…Photo 01-07-2016, 14 37 09 ( below is the complete model of the piece which is being excavated in the grounds )Photo 01-07-2016, 14 47 20 below: the artist Tu Wei-ChengPhoto 01-07-2016, 12 14 54( ‘Sculpture of Thought’ by Xhao Yao was still being constructed below, as we were there before the exhibition officially opened last Sunday )Photo 01-07-2016, 15 12 12 Below ‘Why Do They Never Take Colour Photos’ by Song Ta Photo 01-07-2016, 12 28 46 Photo 01-07-2016, 12 31 36 ( below is an image of the well known sculpture of Chairman Mao seen throughout China and which in part was the inspiration for Song Ta’s new work )Photo 01-07-2016, 12 32 22 Photo 01-07-2016, 12 32 39 Photo 01-07-2016, 14 40 11 Below: ‘Ghost Trap’ by Lu PingyuanPhoto 01-07-2016, 12 53 27 Below: ‘Identity’ by Wan YuyangPhoto 01-07-2016, 14 41 52 Photo 01-07-2016, 14 41 37 Jennifer Wen Ma’s work ‘Molar’ which was one of my favourite pieces in the new exhibition, is situated in The Foundation Centre ( which was designed by Craig Downie in 2006 )Photo 01-07-2016, 13 15 12 Photo 01-07-2016, 13 13 49 Jennifer Wen Ma talking about her piece ‘Molar’ Photo 01-07-2016, 13 02 06 Photo 01-07-2016, 13 04 03 Photo 01-07-2016, 13 08 25 Photo 01-07-2016, 13 10 23 Photo 01-07-2016, 13 11 43 Photo 01-07-2016, 13 09 17 Photo 01-07-2016, 13 09 43Below: ‘Movement’ by Xu ChenPhoto 01-07-2016, 13 19 16 Below: A model of ‘Escape ( my family history )’ by Li Jinghu ( which was still under construction last week )Photo 01-07-2016, 13 34 26 Below: ‘Crossroads’ by Cheng Ran ( a light installation )Photo 01-07-2016, 13 34 52This is just a small selection of the new Chinese work which I really loved ( you can see all of it here ), It’s so atmospheric and completely transports you into that wonderful sense of feeling rather than thinking; for me personally, an essential part of my love for art…

As I said before there are also lots of other sculptures there which was great to discover…

Below: ‘Host’ by Peter Burke, 1996Photo 01-07-2016, 12 53 39 Photo 01-07-2016, 12 54 47 Photo 01-07-2016, 12 54 38 Below: ‘The Return’ by Rodney Bender, 2012Photo 01-07-2016, 14 26 50 Photo 01-07-2016, 14 28 02 Photo 01-07-2016, 14 28 35 Below: ‘Yo Renia’ by David Worthington, 2003Photo 01-07-2016, 14 35 52 Below: ‘ Singer of Tales’ by Jon Isherwood, 2010Photo 01-07-2016, 14 42 37(…I also have to mention/insert at this point that the toilets ( below ) at CASS are extraordinary ! They are basically the epitomy of the outside loo! ). There are also amazing picnic tables which I didn’t get to use, by David Grove which you can see here…the whole experience of being there in the grounds seems completely interactive with the art itself
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Below: ‘Field of Rods’ by Vong PhaophanitPhoto 01-07-2016, 15 16 56Below: ‘Portal’ by Jonathan Loxley, 2006Photo 01-07-2016, 15 13 33Below: ‘Claw’ by Steve Dilworth, 2006Photo 01-07-2016, 15 05 45 (1) ’Mandala Eighty’ by David Annesley, 2003Photo 01-07-2016, 15 07 15 Below: ‘Declination’ by Tony Cragg, 2005Photo 01-07-2016, 15 06 30 Below: ‘Encampment’ by Diane Maclean, 1999 ( this was one of my favourite pieces outside of the ‘A Beautiful Disorder’ exhibition )Photo 01-07-2016, 15 07 50 Photo 01-07-2016, 15 08 02 Photo 01-07-2016, 15 11 06

The whole visit left me so excited about going back again because there was so much I didn’t get to see this time, and I absolutely want to spend at least a whole day there!

It is a brilliant, brilliant place, not only to enjoy sculpture and art, but also to be outside in nature just forgetting about everything else…it’s like a wonderful, abstract wonderland which I can’t recommend highly enough…and I aslo came away with a very swanky keyring based on the design of their entrance gate by Wendy Ramshaw!

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Wednesday…with Artist Sophie Abbott

June 22, 2016

Filed Under : Art - Brighton - colour - Summer

Photo 15-06-2016, 12 53 01Last week I worked with artist Sophie Abbott on a photography project going live next month, and visited her at her Brighton studio…Sophie likes to paint spontaneously which was completely obvious in her willingness to throw paint at her studio wall, and basically just have a free and very messy play around with colours and textures…

( We moved her beautiful paintings out of the way first…)Photo 15-06-2016, 11 10 28 (1)Photo 15-06-2016, 13 15 45Photo 15-06-2016, 13 13 30Photo 15-06-2016, 10 56 38Photo 15-06-2016, 13 15 52Photo 15-06-2016, 10 56 46Then started the wall painting…
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You can see and read about Sophies work here on here website at www.sophieabbott.net and on her instagram account @sophiecabbott and you can also see the Steller Story version of this post here