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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 hope you’re all looking forward to a lovely, happy, romantic weekend. Of course, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow but whether you’re all-for-it or anti-it, here’s three things to enjoy this weekend, a great new exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery – a chance to sneak a look at the collections of artists – a flower workshop in east London and a fab sample sale if you have any pennies left! STOP What: Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Where: Barbican Art Gallery, London When: Until May 25 While may exhibitions have focused on the work of artists, this is one of the first exhibitions in the UK to look behind-the-scenes at the fascinating collections of artists themselves. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists, from Peter Blake and Edmund de Waal (you can the hare with the amber eyes) to Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. Image: © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images LOOK What: Columbia Creative Valentine’s Pop-up Where: Boxpark, London When: 11-15 February Learn how …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I admit, I haven’t done a Stop Look Listen in a long time, not since before Christmas. There’s no excuse, January has just slipped by in a blink of an eye, but this one’s a cracker. There’s lots of art, design and architecture events to look forward to this year, from a Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican to the Alexander McQueen extravaganza at the V&A (they’ve just released an extra 50,000 tickets, hop to it!). But for the moment, you could either reflect on abstract art at the Whitechapel Gallery, get all nostalgic by the seaside at the De La Warr Pavilion or indulge your inner crafter at Heal’s Modern Craft Market. Enjoy! STOP What: Ladybird by Design Where: De La Warr pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea When: Until May 10 Occasionally I do feature events outside of London (shock horror!) and I can’t wait to get out of the big smoke and see this exhibition. Almost everyone who grew up in the UK can probably remember the innocent but delightful Ladybird books from their …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

It’s such a lovely crisp Winter’s day this morning, so I thought my picks for things to do in London this weekend should have a slightly festive feel. These three events have a couple of things in common: craft, objects for the home, shopping, and some tasty treats if you know where to find them. Etsy is popping up in London for the first time, while Monocle is having its annual Christmas Market. Finish the day with a visit to Canal gallery, part of a weekend of festivities on the Haggerston Riviera. STOP What: Etsy House Where: Covent Garden, London, WC2H When: Until Sunday 7 December 12 – 6pm (10 – 8pm Saturday) Everyones favourite shop for handmade or vintage goods is popping up in London for the first time. Located in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, the shop will feature products for sale from Etsy sellers across multiple categories: art, home decor, bath & body, clothing, jewellery, furniture, stationery, and more. There will also be workshops hosted by Etsy designer-makers (Wool & The Gang‘s Snood session is bound to be a …

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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 …