Month: October 2011

Concave Easel by Ryan & Trevor Oakes

Twins Ryan & Trevor Oates have created this 3D machine titled Vision, which enables absolutely anyone to draw a perfectly accurate perspective drawing. The idea for the perspective device came about from studying Brunelleschi, who is renowned for creating linear perspective in the early 1400s. This inspired their product, Vision to allow one eye to look at the subject and the other to plot the drawing, in order to create a true representation of a space, as one is perceiving it there on site.  Watch a short video on the work here. Images: Ryan & Oakes

Cream Tea and Conversation at Persephone Books for Bloomsbury Festival 2011

Cream Tea and Conversation at Persephone Books for Bloomsbury Festival 2011

As part of the Bloomsbury Festival this year, Persephone Bookshop on Lambs Conduit Street hosted a hour of cream teas, beautiful book design and conversations about women writers. Persephone Books is a delightful bookshop and publisher focusing on the neglected fiction and non-fiction works by women, for women and about women. The titles are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial. The books are guaranteed to be readable, thought-provoking and impossible to forget. The afternoon was a chance to speak to the owner’s of the shop, as well as like-minded readers and interesting Bloomsbury residents. I was recommended Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller and The New House by Lettice Cooper. Farewell Leicester Square: Betty Miller wrote this, her fourth novel, in 1935. In the novel Alec Berman escapes from his restrictive Jewish family in Brighton, and although he has a successful career as a film-maker (perhaps modelled …

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

After watching Frida with Selma Hayek the other day, I thought I would share some beautifully colourful images of Mexican primitive painter and self-portraitist Frida Kahlo. There was recently an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester titled ‘Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Masterpieces from the Gelman Collection’, which ran from the 9th July to the 2nd October 2011. This major international touring exhibition featured work by both Frida Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera. The fascination with these two key figures of Mexican Modernism lies not solely with their significant body of work, but also from their renowned friendships (and consequently conflicts), striking physical appearances and both their spirited and sometimes volatile personalities. Kahlo was a feminist icon, whose self portraits openly addressed various emotional issue of love and loss, while Rivera was a socialist, famous for his vast political murals, which sometimes sparked controversy.

Wallpaper* Tweet Life project: the photographs

Wallpaper* Tweet Life project: the photographs

During Frieze Art Fair this year hundreds of Wallpaper Twitter followers gathered at the Tweet Life studio in London to be photographed by Chris Floyd. This project followed on from Floyd’s earlier project ‘One Hundred and Forty Characters’, which involved portraits of all his Twitter connections. Floyd has now chosen 140 black and white photographs for Wallpaper, taken at Christie’s Multiplied Contemporary Editions Fair, forming an edited representation of the magazine’s 500,000 tweeters. See all 140 photos here: Wallpaper

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Set amongst the trees in Regent’s Park, and divided by a series of courtyards, these wooden pavilions were designed by British architects Carmody Groarke for last week’s Frieze Art Fair. Every autumn the park plays host to Frieze Art Fair, which showcases works by more than 1000 artists, represented by contemporary art galleries across the world. The pavilions formed a new addition this year- they offered public seating as well as VIP areas adjacent to the nearby large exhibition tents.  Images: Richard Davies and Christian Richters

Lumen United Reform Church, Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury

I recently took a look at the Lumen United Reform Church near where I live in Bloomsbury. The existing 60s building was renovated by architects Theis and Khan in 2008. The centre includes a new accessible entrance, a community cafe, a sacred space, church and three community spaces as well as ancillary accommodation. The centre piece though, is the ‘Ray of Light’, a white cone in the centre of the church for more intimate reflections and worship. Images my own