70s vibes with William Eggleston Portraits Exhibition

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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]

[For the Home] Some old and new finds

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I’ve been wanting to share this post after Christmas having picked up a few vintage goodies at an auction in Ireland but somehow managed to let it slip amidst all the work and madness that is life! :) That being said, it’s actually given me a better excuse to share a few more items I’ve bought since then – both old and new. I’m currently going through a phase of wanting to pick up pieces of lovely homeware for the flat but being mindful of the purse strings…..which is incredibly challenging when you’re a designer and home-maker! It can be hard having to constantly refrain from splashing out on things for the house but I must say, I do enjoy scouring everywhere for little treasures at a good bargain! I get such a kick from it! And boy, auctions are great fun too although you need to be prepared to win some and loose some! :)

So, anyway, what you see here are a combination of thrift shop, ebay, vintage auction and high street finds. My all-time favourite finds of the bunch (and real bargains too!) are the Victorian bone china teapot, the retro 1960s Thomas of Germany coffee pot and milk jug, and the 1950s egg cup set which to me is simply unique! And I got my first Falcon enamelware too with the 5-piece pie set. The serving dishes were also from an auction and dates back to the 40s. The others are all ‘newer’ finds yet keeping it relatively ‘retro’ or ‘vintage-inspired’. So what do you think? Have I done alright? :)

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  [Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

[Wish List]: “…you look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle made for two!”

Well maybe not a tandem…..but in this case some vintage inspired Dutch bicycles! Oh if I had some cash to splash with, this would be one of the things on the list to buy! Living in London, I haven’t as yet been pulled into the cycling-to-work trend. I’m more the cycle-for-leisure type of gal that prefers the wind to blow gently through my hair as I rode down the lanes (as oppose to racing down meandering through heavy traffic!) and always have been. So what better suited bicycle than the BEG bicycle which is this week’s wish list! Built exclusively in Belgium, they have two models for both the ladies and for the gents – both with elegant classic detailing and retro charm. With colour palettes like Persephone Pink, Flirty 30’s Green, elegant Chalk, and Toad Grey these bikes are pure and utter retro eye-candy! Oh and the accessories to go with it……..ahhh, I won’t ramble any more as I will let these photos I found on their website do all the talking!! :)  But I can’t deny that I am in love with these beauties!! xx

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