Sunday, 27 June 2010

The Papered Parlour - Taster Event

The Papered Parlour are hosting a free taster event on July 4th from 2pm until 5pm. Head on down for some crafty fun! Check out the website for more information.

"Join the Parlour Girls for frivolous fourth of July fun including American Style Quilting, Andy Warholesque Printmaking and Yankee Doodling for children!  We’ve got all-American live music from finger-picking folkies playing Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and other traditional tunes from across the Atlantic.  Plus there’ll be genuine North American Parlour Girls serving up red, white and blueberry cakes, hot apple pie and cold lemonade..."

The event is being held to mark the final day of voting for the Barclays take one small step award.

"Over 3,600 people have entered the Barclay’s Business competition for the chance to win £50,000 to give their business idea a boost. The Papered Parlour are proud to announce they have been selected by the panel as one of 3 finalists for the South London region. Now it’s down to you!  The winner is decided by public vote and polling opens 7 June - 4 July.  We have a 1 in 3 chance of winning so please, please, please vote Papered Parlour and help us to win £50,000 to put towards the development of The Paperd Parlour! "

Text PARLOUR to 87222

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Red or Dead Bloggers Breakfast

This morning I enjoyed a huge breakfast at Quintessentially Soho with Red or Dead. I had so much fun, we got shown the new line, I was particularly impressed with the swimwear and excited to see Red or Dead's new bike, a collaboration with Raleigh! I'll let you know what went down in my piece for Amelia's Magazine shortly.


Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Tacita Dean's Craneway Event

Tacita Dean’s ‘Craneway Event’, (2009) is showing at the Frith Street Gallery this month and I recommend a visit. The feature length film documents the last work of choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) before his death on July 26th of last year.
The viewer observes the rehearsals of Cunningham’s dance company in a beautiful 1930’s Albert Kahn building, previously used as a Ford motor assembly plant. The building is glazed on three sides revealing the busy port of San Francisco Bay, thus contributing to the stunning backdrop. Birds and boats glide past seemingly choreographed in time with the dancers in the foreground. Cunningham often used spaces not typically designed for dance events, and in 2003 used the Tate Modern’sTurbine Hall. Cunningham composed the accompanying music for his events alongside his partner John Cage and the dancers would often hear the accompanying score for the first time during the performance. The soundtrack of the film is therefore made up of sounds of speech, shuffling feet and distant external noise.
Sadly Merce Cunningham died during Dean’s editing of the film leaving the artist questioning her approach to the piece,  looking back on the life of her subject until she realized the potential to not only record his last work but continue his legacy.
“Although I lost the pleasure of imagining him watching the film, I gained a different sort of Muse. Merce’s joy in the process was steadfastly there and his enthusiasm seemed to have a directional force. I began to feel that Merce had set up the components that make up the film- the building, the dancers, the light, the ships and the birds, because he knew they would not fail him in absentia.”Tacita Dean
The piece is dedicated to Merce Cunningham 1919-2009
‘Craneway Event’ (108 minutes) is showing at Frith Street Gallery until 26th June, with three showings every weekday and two on a Saturday (by appointment only).
Frith Street Gallery, 17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
Words and images by Ester Kneen
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Tuesday, 8 June 2010

yum yum

Wonderful Workspaces

I've been thinking (as I often am) about redecorating/reorganising/rejigging my house and as ever the question of my workspace/studiospace comes up...
I then randomly cam across this blog from Unplggd.
This is quite possibly the sexiest workspace I've ever seen.

Amazing isn't it.
I've gotta say I do like a little bit of mess too, organised mess however! (you'll see my space and understand.) I think it's nice when a workspace shows a collection of things that have inspired you, understandably even the best of organised workspaces get cluttered with bits and bobs from time to time. A workspace can be like the mind, a collection of boggled ideas mixed with some tools to make them happen!

Now I'm gonna get a little obsessed with spotting cool interiors, and I'll blog what is bloggable. If you have an amazing space you want me to cover leave me a comment/e-mail me and I'll get back to you.