Monday, 28 October 2013

This is Halloween

Pumpkin carving!

Dan and I bought some pumpkins about a week ago so we had some ready for Halloween. Yesterday, Dan and I decided to carve them. Dan did Jack Skeleton and I decided to do the Beast from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Don't they look great?!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Three wonderful years & John Mayer

Yesterday marked 3 wonderful years with my other half Dan. These 3 years have flown by and there's so many more to come and so many adventures for us to go on! 

In August Dan told me that he'd bought us tickets to see John Mayer Live. After freaking out and grinning like a crazy woman, he then told me that it would be on a very special day - our three year anniversary. Could this guy be any more romantic?! Well, he was, since he spoilt me rotten.

On our way to Wembley Arena

Sat waiting for the support act

Finally John made his entrance! 

What was amazing was when John and his band were walking off, the whole arena sung the finals 'oh's of Dear Marie. Read all about John's last gig in the UK on his blog here.

This was the best live artist I've ever seen. He absolutely blew the roof off the place. Amazing set, amazing guitar, amazing show - and all thanks to Dan. I love you !

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Memory Palace - Sky Arts Ignition - Hari Kunzru - V&A

Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace brings together a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru with 20 original commissions from leading graphic designers, illustrators and typographers to create a multidimensional story.
The way we read books is changing. Memory Palace explores how a story might be imagined in a different format – as a walk-in book.

The Story
Hari Kunzru's story is set in a future London, hundreds of years after the world’s information infrastructure was wiped out by an immense magnetic storm. Technology and knowledge have been lost, and a dark age prevails. Nature has taken over the ruins of the old city and power has been seized by a group who enforce a life of extreme simplicity on all citizens. Recording, writing, collecting and art are outlawed.
The narrator of the story is in prison. He is accused of being a member of a banned sect, who has revived the ancient ‘art of memory’. They try to remember as much of the past as they can in a future where forgetting has been official policy for generations. The narrator uses his prison cell as his ‘memory palace’, the location for the things he has remembered: corrupted fragments and misunderstood details of things we may recognise from our time. He clings to his belief that without memory, civilisation is doomed.

Yesterday Dan and I went to see this exhibition (since I've ben wanting to see it for a long time!) Dan kindly bought us a years membership at the V&A, so now we can go to all the exhibitions when we want (yay!) The main reason I wanted to go was because I knew that Sam Winston was a commissioned artworker for this particular exhibition. For those of you who do not know, I had the pleasure of working alongside Sam in March 2012. You can read about my time with him here. His work is absolutely fascinating.

The exhibition was really great. A few particular pieces I really enjoyed was that of Hansje van Halen, as well as Sam Winston's which you can see below and another piece that he did here. Sam goes into much more detail of the process behind his art which you can see on his website.

One thing which interested my attention was the work of Johnny Kelly. The exhibition mainly talked about memories which were mostly physical. It explored the landscape, the hospital, some form of religion and churches, civilisation etc. Whereas, the very last part of the exhibition was one that everyone could contribute to. 

'This is what we do for the dying. I am permitted to add one memory of my own to the store. The others will hold it, will cherish it as carefully as the words of a Lawlord'.

If you could keep on memory, what would it be? Just take a second to think about your memory. Out of everything you have done, achieved, not achieved, significant moments in your life.  That time you landed the best job? That time you bought your first car, the time you travelled and stood on top of mount everest? What would be be?

We could write one thing, one memory into this computer with an interactive pen. These were then printed out in A2 format on black paper with our white drawings/words/messages. 

I didn't see one single memory which mentioned anything physical or materialistic. 
It was about people. That person they met which showed great kindness, the moment the person fell in love, "grandpa's hand" , "Mark's smile and your continuous generosity. Love Pat x". The common theme was people, love, -a memory with someone special in their life. 

If you could remember only one thing, if you could have only one memory, what would it be?

Friday, 18 October 2013

An Anthology of Typewriter Art by Barrie Tullet (2)

In a previous post which you can read here I talked about the book in the making 'An Anthology of Typewrite Art by Barrie Tullet' which I have been selected to be featured in.

Well, I literally (and very belatedly) found this post that Barrie himself wrote on his blog on The Caseroom Press, which you can read by clicking the link below here.

Have a little read about his beginnings of the book ~

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Painting, frames, pictures.

Dan and I finally got our Hong Kong paintings (imported all the way from Hong Kong!) stretched in Camden.

We spend some time, sorting out our frames and rearranging the arrangement. And voila, the flat now looks as it should :)

We also spent some money on some penguin books postcards. We chose our favourites and framed them :)

Our final arrangement. Feels so great to see the walls filled now! 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

144 train tickets on an A1 frame

That's right! Dan and I finally finished our mini-project yesterday- and it looks great! 
We decided to do something with all our train tickets that we collected from March this year after getting back from HK. After a few ums and ars we decided to put them on in a striped format. 

It certainly gives the train tickets a new lease of life. Just goes to show anything can be made into art.