After reading an article this week on The High Line Park in New York, I thought I’d dig out the photos and share a few on here for this week’s Three Things post. I spent my last day in New York at the end of my six month round-the-world trip wandering along The High Line spotting arty creations along the way – arguably the best park in the world! Read the article by Brandon Presser on the Lonely Planet website here.
1. Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), 2011 - an installation by Sarah Sze along The High Line.
2. From high above, there’s a great view of street art normally hidden down at street level.
The Diamond Jubilee is nearly upon us! Here are three of my favourite Jubilee features I’ve seen around Berkshire in the build up to the event.
1. These fabulous armchairs were sat outside Trade Interiors Shop in Cookham. For a real experience visit their shop, which is jampacked with quirky bits and bobs, but you can also shop online on their website. Buy the Union Jack Chair here.
2. One of the most creative Diamond Jubilee window displays in my area at Flour Power – check out some of their Jubilee themed cakes here, an essential addition to any Jubilee party!
3. Prize for the best window installation in Wokingham goes to More Arts, and Sue Martin’s creation of a 1950′s Coronation Day tea time. Call by to see the window at More Arts, 43b Peach Street, Wokingham, RG40 1XJ. The Diamond Jubilee Exhibition, a collection of 1950′s magazine spreads from the Coronation, is on show inside the empty shop pop-up arts space too. Exhibition open over the Jubilee Weekend and bank holidays, plus Wed-Sat 12-4pm until 16th June.
1. The last few weeks I’ve been all over the place! Firstly I attended the Dr Hauschka Brand Ambassador day at Rush Farm in Wiltshire, which was a wonderful opportunity to meet other Dr Hauschka fans and learn more about what makes Dr Hauschka such a unique and successful brand. We all enjoyed reviving our cleansing routines through a Radiant You workshop led by Esthetician Elizabeth King. Find out how to get radiant skin in 30 days here.
2. The next day I was off to Ireland for my Granny’s 80th birthday celebrations where I was able to spend a couple of days in the seaside town of Newcastle. There I had a browse of the pop-up shop The Front Room (see my earlier post), and marveled at the huge sculptures that have been commissioned over the last few years along the promenade.
3. Then last week I was in Jersey working at the Liberation International Music Festival - a five day celebration of music from internationally acclaimed musicians, performing in stunning and unexpected venues including Mont Orgueil Castle and a WW2 Nazi bunker on a cliff edge!
I was in Newcastle, County Down in Northern Island recently and made a long-overdue visit to the pop-up vintage shop my auntie was originally involved in setting up. Every now and then the shop, named The Front Room, springs up along the shore in this touristy seaside town and is packed with lovely vintage tea sets, clothing and more. I picked up a preloved black leather jacket and a vintage tan leather bag for a pinch, and a few weeks ago my other auntie had first pick on a gorgeous 60′s coffee table. There are artworks for sale by local artists too – if you’re in town pop in and see what’s on offer as the stock changes regularly!
The Front Room, 65 South Promenade, Newcastle, County Down, N. Ireland
Check The Front Room facebook page for the latest.
I’m busy at work creating an exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the More Arts team, using clippings and cuttings from 1950′s magazines. It’s made me pretty excited about all the different arts and cultural things that are going on to mark the event, so Three Things this week features Diamond Jubilee related arts and cultural offerings.
1. Hand Embroidered handkerchief – I was visiting my Nanny over Easter and talking to her about celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. It reminded her that she had this beautiful handkerchief, which she hand-embroidered in 1953 to mark the Coronation – apparently it took ages as I can quite imagine. Still in pristine condition after nearly 50 years – it’s far too special to have been used for wiping snotty noses!
2. Face Britain – The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts has been inspiring children across the nation to create self portraits and upload them onto the Children & the Arts website. Tens of thousands of children have taken part, and their images will be projected onto Buckingham Palace to create a giant montage image of HM The Queen. Projection artist Ross Ashton has been commissioned to create the montage, made up of thousands of children’s self portraits. Be the first to see the projection tonight, Thursday 19th April 8:30pm at Buckingham Palace. The montage image will also be displayed on over 400 JCDecaux digital advertising screens across the UK.
3. Planning a Diamond Jubilee party? This British Tea Party handmade mini bunting is an essential piece of Jubilee party kit. Created by North East based digital artist and graphic designer Laura Cartwright, you can buy the bunting online here.
Recently I was having a discussion with an artist about brooches. We were talking about how they are an underrated piece of jewellery these days, which people often don’t think about wearing. I have a small collection that I like to use to add to plain jackets and scarfs, bringing a bit of decoration into lots of otherwise plain outfits. All my brooches have been given to me by my mum who has a talent for finding fun pieces, many have come direct from artists and others sought out in second hand vintage shops. Here are three of my favourite brooches from my collection.
1. Searching out giant decorative egg sculptures in The Big Egg Hunt in London featuring over 180 big sculptures created by artists, this one is by Caio Locke. Keep up-to-date with the project on Twitter by following @thebigegghunt
2. Dr Hauschka Neem Hair Oil for smoothing frizz and calming natural curls. I’ve been having a big spring clean at home, and it’s nice to treat yourself to a spring spruce up too. This hair oil can be used as a nourishing treatment by massaging into your hair, leave in for up to 60 minutes depending upon dryness of your hair, shampoo twice and condition. You can buy Neem Hair Oil here.
3. Super-cute crocheted spring blossom yarnbomb by crochet lover Dilly Tante.
This week’s Three Things post features three blogs which explore and document local people and their relationship with the towns and cities they live in. I’ve been feeling the post-travel blues the past few days so have chosen three blogs investigating local community and people from places that I visited on my round the world trip. All the blogs were featured in last Wednesday’s G2 magazine, add them to your bookmarks and check in when you’re in need of a pick-me-up.
1. Delhi – The Delhi Walla blog is jam-packed with cultural information, a vibrant celebration of food, culture and books from India’s capital city.
Image from my visit to Udaipur, India, Sep 2012
2. New York – Every Person In New York is definitely a blog to keep popping back to. In an attempt to draw every person in New York, it features a sketch completed and uploaded every day of (sometimes) unsuspecting people going about their everyday business on the streets of New York.
Image taken in New York along Highline Park, Feb 2012
3. Ottawa – Hello Ottawa is a fun hyper-local blog introducing some of Ottawa’s residents through beautiful photographs and friendly interviews. Makes me want to go back again right now.
Image of snow sculpture taken during Winterlude in Ottawa, Feb 2012
1. Feeling creative this first week of Spring I have been designing invitations for my Granny’s 80th birthday celebrations. The best bit of any project is always seeing the final printed versions, which me and a few helpers ran off at home (not advisable!). They are inkjet printed on beautiful GF Smith paper, and then trimmed down to 12 x 12cm square with a guillotine.
2. Artist Jo Sinclair of JoJoJewellery in Berkshire has been getting into the Spring spirit creating a special brand new butterfly necklace design. Have a look at her silver clay work and other designs on the JoJoJewellery website and NOTHS page.
3. Very excited that my Limited Edition Dr Hauschka Lipstick – 14 Beige Opal has arrived in the post! It’s a gorgeous nude shade with a shimmering warm tone, perfect for wearing with Spring pastel colours and a subtle day time look. The packaging is lovely too, presented in a box with debossed gold typography and block colour panel.