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Sunday…Weekly Snaps

August 21, 2016

Filed Under : Art - colour - moving stills - My Home - short poem films - Summer - texture - trips - Weekly Snaps

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I’ve got slightly out of sync with my Weekly Snaps, but here’s a selection from the last 10 days…Photo 12-08-2016, 11 05 15 Photo 13-08-2016, 11 46 16 Photo 14-08-2016, 08 04 43 Photo 14-08-2016, 09 37 37 Photo 16-08-2016, 08 43 01 Photo 16-08-2016, 15 45 32 Photo 16-08-2016, 20 12 27 Photo 18-08-2016, 10 08 39 Photo 18-08-2016, 13 07 23 Photo 19-08-2016, 09 41 05 Photo 20-08-2016, 12 22 47 Photo 20-08-2016, 22 32 55 Photo 20-08-2016, 22 35 40 Photo 21-08-2016, 18 26 33Photo 18-08-2016, 18 24 10 Photo 14-08-2016, 11 40 07 (1)Photo 20-08-2016, 18 21 46

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Photo 21-08-2016, 15 57 12 my son rigged up a slide projector in the bathroom…Photo 21-08-2016, 15 12 31 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 56 26 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 11 27 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 19 11 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 06 33 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 52 12 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 42 58 Photo 21-08-2016, 15 05 24

…and also a bit of Super 8

You can see the Steller Story version here

Friday…with Casa Guidi in Florence

August 12, 2016

Filed Under : Summer - trips

Photo 06-08-2016, 13 38 30Back in March this year I was lucky enough to stay at one of the Landmark Trust Properties in the Lake District called ‘Howthwaite’ which was absolutely wonderful ( you can read the blog post about it here ). So when we decided that we wanted to visit Tuscany this Summer and spend some of the days in Florence, we also decided to book Casa Gudi, the former home of Robert and Elizabeth Browning and one of the 6 Landmark Trust properties in Italy… and it was the most amazing apartment and sanctuary for the 3 days we were there.

I loved the sheer amount of space above our heads, the furnishings, the floors, the balcony the light and basically the whole atmosphere…Photo 05-08-2016, 18 17 34Photo 07-08-2016, 14 20 10Photo 06-08-2016, 12 00 45

It sort of felt like we were looking after a special treasure for a few days and when we were out, I found knowing that we had Casa Guidi to go back to was so exciting; you step back in time and also completely out of the mad Florence tourist throng …

Photo 07-08-2016, 13 20 40 (1) Photo 05-08-2016, 16 25 52Photo 07-08-2016, 13 22 46Photo 05-08-2016, 15 21 08 Photo 05-08-2016, 21 45 58 Photo 07-08-2016, 14 24 20 There are so many wonderful paintings around, and I was particularly fascinated by the one of the living room itself commissioned by Robert Browning after his wife Elizabeth had died as it was her work space, and it’s the picture which has been the image worked with to recreate the room…Photo 07-08-2016, 14 23 39 this was my favourite door in the whole place…it was like an entrance to backstage which leads to the bathroom and a room with bunk beds up a spiral staircase…a thoroughfare for those needing to keep out of sight!Photo 07-08-2016, 14 23 10

Photo 05-08-2016, 16 21 38It basically leads through this little lobby of the bathroom to a similar door in the bedroom…Photo 05-08-2016, 16 42 10Photo 07-08-2016, 14 27 17Photo 07-08-2016, 14 27 46 Photo 07-08-2016, 14 28 18Photo 05-08-2016, 15 24 51I absolutely loved the original tile and mosaic floors as well as the collection of rugs…Photo 05-08-2016, 18 25 41 Photo 07-08-2016, 14 31 27 Photo 05-08-2016, 18 12 17 Photo 05-08-2016, 16 25 08 Photo 05-08-2016, 16 40 47 Photo 05-08-2016, 16 41 03 Photo 07-08-2016, 11 52 19Photo 05-08-2016, 18 11 27 Photo 05-08-2016, 16 22 49 Photo 06-08-2016, 13 41 47 Photo 08-08-2016, 08 04 31I thought this Victorian print of ‘The Doctor’  in the kitchen completely summed up the age the two poets lived in…
Photo 07-08-2016, 16 01 06and the light felt like I’d stepped into an old painting…Photo 06-08-2016, 09 48 52The balcony is also great and was apparently where their son had kept rabbits in the 1850’s…
Photo 05-08-2016, 15 17 30Photo 05-08-2016, 15 40 18Photo 08-08-2016, 08 03 24This is a painting of Elizabeth Browning’s siblings ( although if you watch Game of Thrones I think you could be excused for thinking they were related to Brianne of Tarth! )Photo 07-08-2016, 14 20 21Photo 05-08-2016, 16 22 56There’s an enormous door knob and beautiful entry buzzer before you even get inside, which just adds to the whole aesthetic experience, and I would really highly recommend a stay here if you want a particularly unique Florentine experience and it is literally just across the road from the Palazzo Pitti and beautiful Boboli Gardens.Photo 07-08-2016, 09 00 56Photo 05-08-2016, 13 46 57Photo 05-08-2016, 14 46 40Photo 06-08-2016, 13 48 52

You can see the Steller Story version here and visit The Landmark Trust Site here

Thursday…with Tuscan Doors

Filed Under : colour - Summer - texture - trips

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My absence from the blog has been because I’ve been away in Tuscany in Italy over the last couple of weeks…while I was there I fell in love with the intrinsic sense of wabi sabi within the streets; the sense of history, time passing and its beautiful decay…the doors, the windows, the textures seem to be woven completely into what Italy is, and the doors, windows and textures defined my whole holiday…so there will be a few textural Tuscan stories coming up over the next week!

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And you can see the Steller Story version here

Weekly Snaps…

July 24, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - Brighton - collaborations - colour - exhibitions - London - Summer - trips - Weekly Snaps

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You can see the Steller Stories app version here

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

You can view the Steller Story version here

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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