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Toast and Botany

Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I’ve been lagging behind on the Stop, Look, Listen posts (no excuse, smack on the wrist…), but here’s a cracker for this week: an unmissable pop-up between Toast and east London plant and lifestyle store Botany, an exhibition all about how fashion change and flourished during the war, and a show of photographs taking a behind-the-scenes look at Alexander McQueen’s work. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the sun comes out to shine! STOP What: Toast and Botany pop-up Where: TOAST, 191 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W11 2S When: for 6 weeks from 21 March One of my favourite clothing and homeware brands Toast is teaming up for a pop-up with independent plant and lifestyle store Botany. If you haven’t visited Botany before, it’s definitely worth a trip east to Chatsworth Road. Nestled in the heart of Hackney’s creative community, Botany houses a carefully curated selection of ethically sourced hand-crafted products, organic skincare and paper goods, alongside an abundance of indoor plant life – from unusual succulents, cacti and house plants. And for six weeks, a little of this urban …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I can’t believe there are only two more weekends in November. Things are definitely starting to feel festive, with plenty of Christmassy, crafty fairs and food markets. It’s also time to fit in all the art exhibitions you haven’t got round to seeing, before they switch up in December and January. So here’s my pick of three things to do this week- get crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brick Lane, an immersive fashion expo at The Photographers’ Gallery and foodie heaven at a unique Supper Club in Farringdon. STOP What: Renegade Craft Fair Where: Old Truman Brewery, London When: 22 + 23 November The Renegade Craft Fair heads across the pond and returns to London. Shoppers will find an array of handmade goods at the fair, ranging from stationery and gift wrap to one-of-a-kind jewellery, illustrated prints and homeware. There will also be workshops such as Prickle Press’ DIY letterpress postcards, a pom pom bauble workshop with Pom Pom Quarterly, plus other crafts hosted by Mollie Makes magazine.  LOOK What: Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012 …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week in London. It may be Halloween, but I have three fab, non-ghoulish events for you. First up, two exhibitions, one focusing on the nude and the other on pets, and secondly a new cinema experience in Shoreditch (hint: pillow). ps. I’ve already carved my pumpkin, but if you fancy checking out some more artistically inspired designs, check out the pumpkins at Granary Square in King’s Cross. You can even take one home with you, or try your hand at some Halloween-inspired recipes from nearby restaurants including Benugo and The Grain Store, to name a few. STOP What: Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude Where: The Courtauld Gallery, London When: Until January 18 This exhibition of Egon Schiele, a central figure of Austrian Expressionism, brings together a group of the artist’s nudes assembled from a variety of international public and private collections (none of his major drawings are held in a UK public collection). They chart his short but prolific career (he died at the age of just 28) plus it’s also the …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

It would have been an obvious choice to recommend the Frieze Art Fair this weekend, but if you want to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track, I’ve handpicked three events for you. Head east for a pop-up bookshop, pop-up art exhibition and, oh, pop-up film festival (there might be a theme there..). Enjoy! STOP What: Bibliothèque pop-up bookshop Where: Hoxton Arches, London When: 17-19 October London-based design studio Bibliothèque is curating an interactive installation and pop up bookshop with Artwords at Hoxton Arches. There will be a coffee bar from Climpson & Sons, while you can relax in furnishings provided by Vitsoe.  Friday 17 October, 12 – 7pm Saturday 18 October, 10am – 6pm Sunday 19 October, 10am – 3pm LOOK What: Open: An exhibition of UK artists on Etsy.com Where: 5th Base Gallery, London When: 17-19 October Online handmade marketplace Etsy is hosting its first ever art exhibition. A panel of experienced curators – Katherine Mellor, Matt Roberts from a-n and Lena Nix of Space Studios – whittled down over 600 Etsy art sellers to create an exhibition of fifteen UK artists, covering disciplines ranging from …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Now that we’re getting well into autumn and winter, sunny days in the park and slow dinners outside have now been replaced by cosy nights in with a hot chocolate and warm socks. But there’s still some exciting events happening this weekend, which are well worth getting out of bed for. Get your design fix at Midcentury’s show in Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston school, be amazed by architectural photography at the Barbican and prepare to be wowed by an installation in Covent Garden. STOP What: Midcentury Show East Where: Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston School, London When: Sunday 12 October, 10am-4pm If you’re mad about design like me – think Eames, Jacobsen, Wegner, Nelson and The Days – then head along to the recently refurbished Erno Goldfinger-designed school in Haggerston, East London for your design fix this weekend. Here you’ll find some of the best midcentury dealers in furniture, ceramics, glass, wallpaper, posters and more, while the space alone is worth the trip. LOOK What: Constructing Worlds: photography and architecture in the modern age Where: Barbican, London When: Until January 11, 2015 The Barbican’s …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Yay, it’s the weekend again! And this time I have some fab events for you, from an exhibition of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s black and white photographs – their first solo show in London since 1998 – a chance to dust off your sketchbook and pen and get drawing, and a street festival on an independent London high street. Enjoy! STOP What: Bernd and Hilla Becher Where: Spruth Magers Gallery, London When: Until October 4 Over the past five decades Bernd and Hilla Becher have become among influential figures in contemporary photography, famous for their images of industrial structures. This exhibition is their first solo show in London since the Camden Arts Centre in 1998. It will feature five typologies of industrial structures, as well as a number of single, large-scale photographs. Image above: Bernd & Hilla Becher, Lime Kiln, Kaltes Tal, GER, 1997. Courtesy the artists and Sprüth Magers Berlin London. LOOK What: Moleskine City Stories Where: Covent Garden, London When: September 6, 11.30 am – 5.30 pm Global artist collective Urban Sketchers is calling on the creative community to take ownership of their city …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Summer may be slowly slipping away, and rainy evenings coming, but here’s three lovely events for you this weekend, from an Olafur Eliasson exhibition at Tate Britain to a showcase of paper artwork and a must-see French film with Marion Cotillard. Enjoy and have a great weekend! STOP What: Olafur Eliasson: Turner colour experiments Where: Tate Britain, London When: Until January 25 Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, creator of the Turbine Hall’s dazzling sun for The Weather Project in 2003, has made a new series of paintings in response to the work of J.M.W. Turner. Eliasson has analysed seven paintings by Turner to create Turner colour experiments, which isolate and record Turner’s use of light and colour. LOOK What: Paper Cut Where: The Proud Archivist, London When: Until September 25 Paper Cut presents the work of 25 paper craft illustrators and includes original artworks, paper sculpture and prints. Curated by notable paper craft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve, highlights include hand-cut artworks by popular UK artist Rob Ryan, Bianca Chang’s Comparative Form in White series, large-scale creations by LA-based artist Jeff Nishinaka, hand-crafted props from Andersen M Studio’s animation Going West and a selection of Kirigami artworks from …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I wish you all a happy weekend! Here’s three things you could be doing in London: an exhibition on The Moomins creator Tove Jansson, an exhibition reflecting on the transience of rented accommodation in cities across the world today, and a rooftop film screening in Peckham. STOP What: Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago Where: ICA, London When: Until August 24 To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson – the creator of The Moomins – this display in the Fox Reading Room presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions. Image courtesy The Finnish Institute in London.   LOOK What: A House is Not a Hotel Where: Pi Artworks, London When: Until September 10 We move from city to city, rented accommodation to rented accommodation at an ever-increasing pace. For those that can take advantage of it, this freedom of movement opens up exciting and liberating opportunities while for others it ebbs at the sense of security that stability and continuity can bring. Nevertheless, for both …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, including an exhibition on writer Virginia Woolf at the National Portrait Gallery, another on my favourite Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, and a lighthearted French film set on the island of Île de Ré. STOP What: Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision Where: National Portrait Gallery, London When: Until October 26 Opening this week is an exhibition dedicated to one of the most celebrated women writers of the twentieth century- Virginia Woolf. It will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure through portraits (by Bloomsbury Group contemporaries Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry) and rare archival material including letters, diaries and books. LOOK What: Reason & Intuition: Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane Where: Pitzhanger Manor, London When: Until April 28 Coming to Sir John Soane’s 19th century country villa in Ealing, Pitzhanger Manor, this exhibition brings together the work of my favourite architect Alvar Aalto and contemporary Finnish artist Ola Kolehmainen. While Aalto’s creations such as his Paimio Chair and the sculptural Beehive ceiling lamp …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I’m here in sunny France on a well-deserved summer holiday, I’ve got my Breton stripes on and the Rosé on ice! I’m spending a few days in Normandy and a few days on the island of Ile de Re off La Rochelle. (keep an eye out for a post next week on my travels, including Monet’s beautiful gardens in Giverny or keep in touch on Instagram). So while I’m sitting by the pool here’s three things to do in Londontown… STOP What: Summer Exhibition Where: Royal Academy, London When: Until August 17 The Royal Academy summer exhibition is must-see in the British art calendar. It’s an open entry exhibition meaning you get work from both amateurs and the great Royal Academicians, my favourites are the small rooms on the side packed full to the rafters with prints, paintings and sketches. This year artist Cornelia Parker has curated a black and white room, while work from new RAs Thomas Heatherwick and Bob & Roberta Smith is also on display. (images above: Benedict Johnson courtesy Royal Academy) …