70s vibes with William Eggleston Portraits Exhibition

NPG Gallery Record - Installation Photograph – Born Digital

Early this month, I had the wonderful opportunity to check out the William Eggleston Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery for a special night’s preview hosted by Rumour PR and Pop Boutique (thanks for the kind invitation!). The night included a private guided tour of the exhibit, check out the gallery’s 70s-inspired products as well as rummage through Pop Boutique’s pop-up store of vintage clothes and homeware, while sipping cocktails or fizz.

If like me, you haven’t really heard of William Eggleston, some of you may recognise a few of his iconic images (see below). Eggleston was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1939 to a family who had been cotton farmers. At a time where colour photography was predominantly used in advertising and other commercial uses, Eggleston was known for experimenting with colour as an artistic medium, particularly the complex ‘dye transfer’ techniques. He found a way to inject life, evoke moods, and set an atmosphere by banishing the staleness in the everyday and ordinary. And it’s this viewpoint of his that changed/influenced the art of colour photography.

The exhibition gives you a look into the world he captured back in the 70s, in hometown Memphis, the South, ranging from portraits of his family and friends to celebrities and strangers in dark nightclub settings. What I loved most this exhibition is the lack of description or blurb behind each of his work – there’s no political agenda or story to his subject matter which you typically find behind a lot of photography and art in general. You are simply left to observe, fully immerse and appreciate how wonderfully each of his muse are captured in such simplicity yet so vivid it leaves you wanting to know more about them or what life was like back then….

Anyway, if you guys are in London, I would totally recommend checking the exhibition out, which is on till the 23rd of October and includes a lot of the photographer’s unseen work too. Here’s a little peek of what you’ll expect (photographs, courtesy of Victoria Miller) but it really is NOTHING unless you see it up close and personal! Probably would be worth checking out the book too which you can buy at the gallery bookshop or online.

NPG Gallery Record - Installation Photograph – Born Digital

‘I want to make a picture that could stand on its own, regardless of what it was a picture of. I’ve never been a bit interested in the fact that this was a picture of a blues musician or a street corner or something.’ – William Eggleston

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[All gallery/exhibit images above: ©Victoria Miller]

Oh and here’s a few pics from later that evening, after our little guided tour, rummaging through all the gorgeous 70s collection of fashion, accessories and homeware, courtesy of Pop Boutique which totally help set the mood for the night. Greet to see some old friends and meet some new ones too.

Thanks again to Rumour PR, Pop Boutique and the National Portrait Museum for a delightful evening!

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu & Daisy Fay Interiors]

The Art Marketplace at Minted.com

I’m sure many of your are familiar with the online company Minted.com, usually for its amazing array of wedding stationary designs that you may have come across on wedding blogs or magazines. If you aren’t, well, they are a large online marketplace that bring you designs from independent artists and designers from around the world. The business ethos being, that the work submitted by the artists are voted on by you, the readers and creative community, and the winners are then picked to sell on the site, directly to its consumers. It’s such a great concept! The site has now grown and expanded to include many new categories, one being the Art Marketplace which I’m mostly excited about.

Some of you may already know of our keen interest (aka obsession) with art and prints – we have a huge appreciation for them and collect ones we like over the years (either from places we’ve travelled to or lived in, or simply down to what resonates our aesthetics) in the hope that we can look back at them 20 years down the line and reminisce over the stories that go with it. My husband is into his minimal photography and abstract paintings, while I’m more into typography and illustrations, especially ones from the bygone years…. so between the two of us, we do collect quite a bit, particularly from small independent artists. All we need now is find that big house we dream of so we can hang them all up! :)

Anyway, Minted.com kindly invited me to review some of their products online and with great delight I agreed (any excuse to ‘window shop’ art pieces!) so I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite art pieces found on the Art Marketplace…..it’s so hard not to want to buy them all!

minted_art 01The ‘Distant Island Pier‘ piece Julia Contacessi by far my favourite piece on Minted.com, which stood out instantly to me. Seascapes are my weakness. The colours, the brush strokes, the tranquility it exudes…. completely draws me in. It’s the kind of statement piece you’d have hanging up above your fireplace so you can stare at it all day!

The pattern and textures in Currents & Abstract Herringbone by Paper Dahlia are simply gorgeous. They can totally work as stand-alone pieces or side by side (yep, I”m already thinking of where it would go in the flat!)

minted_art-06You know how I like my typography…..and the raw, textured aesthetic in Matthew Taylor Wilson‘s hand-illustrated Don’t Quite Your Daydream is right up my street! Actually the quote would be perfect in my studio…. :)

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I love the way the above three pieces explore colour, textures and patterns in this mixed media collage approach. From top left clockwise, you have Circling by Kelly Nasuta, Domino by Carrie ONeal, and ‘Look Again‘ by Paper Roseminted_art-02

Interestingly enough, this would be something my husband would pick but I do admire the simplicity of the way the Southern Californian landscape is captured (quite Kinfolk-y) in this Life On Mars print by Matthew Sampson, and as the photographer suggests, the fact that this terrain looks as though it could belong to any planet out in the universe is strangely evocative.

Well, there you have it. Some pretty great pieces right? I found it so hard to pick a handful of them to show you as there are lots out there I LOVE and could easily make up a gallery wall out of! ;) Hopefully you can get an idea as to how varied the collections are on the site from drawings to paintings to photography. You can buy the prints in various sizes, pick paper types for it to be printed on, and you can even choose to get them framed or unframed (the have different choices for frames too)! The service totally caters to your needs and budget! So do hop on over and do take a look. There’s a home decor section too so be warned that you may end up browsing on there for a while!

minted_artOh and if you’re getting married and looking for unique off-the-peg designs then check out their NEW collection of wedding invitations! You won’t be disappointed!!

Well folks, enjoy your Sunday and all that browsing on Minted.com!

xxx

[London Design Festival encounters]: Imprint at Craft Central

BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-3Last Tuesday, we went along to the private viewing of the Imprint Exhibition (as part of the London Design Festival and the Clerkenwell Design Quarter) held at Craft Central in Clerkenwell – our first LDF13 event of the week –  that showcased the works of a broad range of designers who use various methods of printing or mark-making to their designs. With glasses of fizz in hand we meandered through the many displays of ‘printed design’ that ranged from screen prints and letterpress to digital and 3D printing, ceramics to furniture and many many more. It was a wonderful evening, buzzing with creativity and excitement, that we left feeling so inspired ourselves! And how cool are the screen-printed posters for the exhibition by Turnbull Grey?! I just LOVE the flourescent orange exclamation mark against the somber grey background colour – very slick indeed!

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And here are some of the designers that caught our eye that night.

BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-1 1. Marby & Elm  |  2. Bronagh Kennedy  |  3. Esther Coombs   |   4. Kate Sutton  |  5. Katie Brown  |  6. -7. Regina Heinz

BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-6BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-2 8. Karen Lowes   |  9. Laura Slater  |  10. -11. Kethi Copeland  |  12. Annabel Williams  | 13. Katherina Manolessou  | 14.  Fanny Shorter

BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-7 BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-8 BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-9 [Image credit: Made by Molu]

Art, Craft + Design: Dates to pencil in this Spring!!!

  1. [22nd March] Selina Lake’s Pretty Pastel Style book launch and Fair,  Market House, Kingston Upon Thames in celebration of  the launch of her 4th Interiors book. At the fair, Selina will be amogst other designer makers setting up their stalls so do pop along if you can. The first 20 people that buy her signed book will be getting FREE MollieMakes goody bags packed with fabulous crafty stuff. I am absolutely gutted I won’t be able to make it tomorrow due to work but will try and get my hand on her book someday soon! Pretty Pastel Style Book Launch & Fair Flyer
  2. [23rd-24th March] The Startup Showcase, School for Creative Startups at Somerset House, London. This is a two-day event celebrating new businesses. It entails around 100 pop-up shops representing some of London’s emerging creative entrepeneurs. There will be some highly informative/educational (Free) talks along with some hands-on workshops over the course of these two days. This is well worth checking out if you are starting up yourself or plan on doing so sometime in the very new future! I will be attending it on Saturday so will fill you in on what happens. The Startup Showcase London 2
  3. [4-6 April] Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts showExCel London (other locations include Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow so please check the dates and times on the website). This even will have all the latest supplies, ideas and innovations in the creative crafting world including FREE workshops. Entry is £8 but you are bound to find some great deals online which is how I got mine….two tickets for £5 through Groupon – bargain! Stationery and all things craft related is one of my biggest obsession (and weakness!) so let’s hope I don’t get too carried away on the expenditure front! Hopefully i’ll come back with some great goody bags!! :) Stay tunedcreativestictches + hobbycraft
  4. [7th April] Kew Village MarketKew Gardens, London. This village market runs every 1st sunday of the month so pop along to support the finest local produce and handicrafts. Holly Francesca, who I met and interviewed on Made by Molu last month will be there with her splendid prints! :) Kew Village Market_poster
  5. [7th-9th April] British Craft Trade Fair at The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. This is a big three-day event that is ‘trade-only’ and showcases a careful selection of Britain’s finest talents hat is perfect for all you art and design enthusiasts! BCTF poster
  6. [12th-14th May] Launchpad at Pulse London, Earls Court, London. Pulse 2013 brings together over 600 in vogue lifestyle brands in London that will be organised into five distinct show sectors: Home, Gift, Fashion Accessories, Wellbeing and Launchpad – the home of the hottest new inspirational design-led products. Screen_shot_2012-07-31_at_12.25.02
  7. [21st-23rd May] Clerkenwell Design Week, London. Now in its 4th year, Clerkenwell Design Week will showcase some exceptional emerging talents within the product design, architecture  and graphics design industries with over 45 local showrooms taking part, including pop-up venues etc. This is one is NOT to be missed!!! I literally have this week in RED! :)Clerkenwell Design Week

If you know of any other dates we can add to this list then please do suggest them in the comments box below! Thank you! xx

Spotted this week: Mr Chris Martin

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Walking home from Craft Central’s Gocco Printing Class, we stopped by the Vitra shop window in Clerkenwell London to drool over some beautifully designed furniture when I noticed the whimsical Christmassy doodles on the shop window – unfortunately, my photo above does his work no justice! After a few seconds of inspecting illustrations further I noticed it had been signed by a ‘Mr. Chris Martin‘  – that’s quite a clever, catchy name to remember  I said to myself unless Cold Play’s lead singer had more than one creative streak in him! :) Anyway, I googled him up as soon as I got home and learnt that this talented London-based illustrator has had his work commissioned for many big names such as Nokia, Nike, Ray Ban, The Guardian and many more.

So anyway – I found this brilliant link on Vimeo that shows the artist in question working his magic on the Vitra windows – how cool is that? Love to be doing that myself although that may simply resort to doodling on the windows of my flat as oppose to the Vitra windows! Ah well….. :P

Well you can check more of his awesome illustrations on his website or you can follow all his antics on his blog, facebook page or twitter…..you take your pick :P  Enjoy!