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Live animation workshop with The Paper cinema

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Paper cinema at work
 
As a fan of paper, puppetry and animation, I was feeling quite ecstatic when I found out about a one-day live animation workshop with The Paper cinema at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington.
Famed for their charming 'Odyssey' show premiered in 2012, The Paper Cinema was founded in [...]

This post was posted in London, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, puppetry, illustrations, theatre, The Paper Cinema


Maze Hill Pottery's open studio

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Top left: The disused ticket office-turned pottery studio; Top right: Lisa Hammond's beautiful Soda & Shino glaze pottery
 
London is full of hidden gems, not only they are off tourists' radar, but many are also unknown to Londoners. Since I live north of the river, I am quite oblivious to events that [...]

This post was posted in Uncategorized, London, Coffee, Shopping, British designs, Korean stationery, Trade fairs, Calligraphy, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Design, Portuguese art, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with London, British design, ceramics & potteries


Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

  
Trent & Mersey canal
 
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Architectural conservation, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, Stoke on Trent, ceramics & potteries, Middleport pottery factory, England's canals


British Ceramics Biennial 2015

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

The former Spode pottery factory was used as the main hub of the event
 
I found out about the British Ceramics Biennial (26th September to 8th November) on the news, and it got me intrigued as I have never visited Stoke on Trent, the pottery home of England before this trip [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, British designs, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary crafts, Britain, Design, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with British design, contemporary crafts, Stoke on Trent, British ceramics biennal, ceramics & potteries


Portuguese doors, windows & tiles

Posted on February 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
I have a slight obsession with doors and windows of façades, as well as staircases. I can't remember exactly when I started photographing them, but I took the 'mission' slightly more seriously over the past few years esp. during my travels. I must have taken hundreds of photos over the years from [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Traditional arts & crafts, azulejos, Portugal, Lisbon and was tagged with architecture, azulejos, Portugal, Lisbon, portuguese design


Portuguese crafts and designs

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

Magetica magazine gallery at Cidadela art district, showcasing knitted creations by Urostigre; Bottom right: Gosto D'Africa
 
One of the (many) reasons why I love Portugal is that it is immensely artistic. Art can be seen everywhere, from street art to azulejos in churches; and the Portuguese particularly excel in handicrafts, which has been [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary crafts, azulejos, Design, Portugal, Portuguese design and was tagged with shopping, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, azulejos, Portugal, portuguese design


London Mime festival 2015 & more

Posted on February 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

While I am still sorting out my photo collection and blog entries on Portugal, I shall review some amazing performances that I saw after my holiday at the London International Mime festival in January. Luckily, I had pre-booked the tickets in advanced, because most of the shows I saw were sold out [...]

This post was posted in London, Dance, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Anything Japanese, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, dance, puppetry, Sadler Wells, theatre


Art & design exhibitions in Portugal (Jan 2015)

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Toothpicker

 Casa Das Historias Paula Rego
 
Lisbon offers an abundance of world class museums and galleries, and on my previous trip, my friend and I visited some excellent ones like National Museum of Ancient Art, National Tile Museum, Fado Museum and the wonderful Puppet Museum. On this trip though, the seaside resort Cascais turned [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, Fashion, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Anything Japanese, Design, Portugal, Lisbon, Portuguese art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, fashion, photography, puppetry, Portugal, Lisbon, Portuguese art


Eat, drink & shop in Shanghai French Concession

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Toothpicker

The former French Concession in Shanghai is a large and historical where you will find beautiful colonial architecture, Western-style eateries, cafes and bars as well as glossy shopping malls and independent shops selling fashion, gifts, furniture, design and home accessories.
This is not a comprehensive guide, it is only a rough guide to [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Food & dining, Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Chinese design, Traditional arts & crafts, Shanghai, Design and was tagged with Coffee, Food & dining, art and design exhibitions, shopping, fashion, traditional crafts, chinese design, Shopping guide, Shanghai


Islamic designs, architecture & calligraphy

Posted on February 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

The last entry on Andalusia is about Islamic designs and calligraphy.
My fascination with the Middle East began when I was kid, thanks to the Japanese cartoon: 'The adventures of Sinbad'. Over the years, I have traveled to several Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa; although the experiences varied each [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Calligraphy, Traditional arts & crafts, Andalusia, Islamic design, Design and was tagged with Arabic calligraphy, Andalusia, Islamic design, Islamic architecture


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