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Paris Design Week 17: Now! Le Off

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
I have to admit that I have not been keeping up with my blog writing this year, and there is a backlog of unfinished posts that are yet to be published; hence my new tactic is to reduce the amount of writing so that I can keep up to date with what [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paris, Design festivals & shows, Design, French design and was tagged with design show, paris, French design, Paris design week, Now! Le Off


Art in Yorkshire: Hepworth Wakefield

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Toothpicker

The stunning concrete architecture is designed by David Chipperfield architects
 
Two years ago, there was a major retrospective exhibition of Barbara Hepworth's work at Tate Britain, which I found fairly disappointing and felt it did not do justice to the great sculptor. Luckily, there are two museum/art gallery in the U.K. dedicated to [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Art, Britain, Contemporary, British art, Sculptures and was tagged with British art, sculptures, Hepworth Wakefield, Barbara Hepworth, Howard Hodgkin, comtemporary architecture, David Chipperfield, West Yorkshire


Art in Yorkshire: Jiro Takamatsu at the Henry Moore Institute

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Toothpicker

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
 
In July, I attended a talk on Japanese conceptual artist Jiro Takamatsu (1936-98), and the talk triggered my interest in the artist's works. The talk was an introduction to the artist's first solo exhibition outside of his home country of Japan, and it given by Takamatsu's Estate representative Yumiko [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Britain, Japanese art, Sculptures and was tagged with Japanese art, Jiro Takamatsu, Leeds, Henry Moore Institute, conceptual art


Burmese crafts: The art of carving

Posted on April 8, 2017 by Toothpicker

 

 
Carving has endured a long history in Myanmar. Exquisite wood carvings can still seen at some ancient monasteries and pagodas. Teak is commonly used as it is a native species in the rain forests of South East Asia.
In Mandalay, we visited a wood carving workshop where we saw artisans carving large [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Myanmar, Carving and was tagged with puppetry, traditional crafts, Myanmar, Burmese craft, wood carving, marble carving


Burmese crafts: papier mâché , lacquerware & pottery

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Stumbled upon a papier mâché maker's home in New Bagan
 
Before my trip to Myanmar, I had no idea that a myriad of traditional crafts are being produced in different parts of the country. Apparently, every region uses local materials to produce in a specific craft that is unique to that area [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper craft, Traditional arts & crafts, ceramics & potteries, Myanmar and was tagged with paper craft, traditional crafts, Myanmar, pottery, Burmese craft, lacquerware


Chasing sunrises & sunsets in Myanmar

Posted on April 2, 2017 by Toothpicker

Sunset in Bagan
 
There are some places in this world that offer spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and Iceland is definitely one of them. Now though, I can also add Myanmar (Burma) onto this list. Apart from Iceland, I have never been able to watch sunrise and sunset daily throughout my holiday, so it [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Myanmar and was tagged with nature, sunset, Myanmar, sunrise


Myanmar's food markets & vendors

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bagan
 
Food markets in Asia are always vibrant, colourful and stimulating. In Myanmar, we visited several village and town food markets, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experiences. Aside from food like fish, meat, vegetables, eggs, chilies and dried herbs, we also saw some unusual stuff like the addictive betel leaves and thanaka [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Travel, Markets, Street life, Myanmar and was tagged with shopping, Food markets, street life, Myanmar, street food


Faces of Myanmar

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Toothpicker

A young girl in Bagan
 
When I travel, what interests me most is not the sights but the people. I enjoy take photographs of people, especially children. Myanmar is a diverse country with 135 distinct ethnic groups, so not only does the scenery changes as you travel around, but the ethnicities of the [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Street life, Myanmar and was tagged with street life, Myanmar


Le Festival du Merveilleux au Musée des Arts Forains

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Paris is renowned for its world-class museums and galleries, yet it also has many quirky museums that are off the beaten track, and Musée des Arts Forains is one of them. This private museum opened in 1996 and it is located within the Les Pavillons de Bercy, the 19th century wine warehouses built [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Paris and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, paris, photography, museums, funfair


New York art book fair 2016

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Toothpicker

MoMa PS1, Queens
 
As a newbie to art book fairs, I had no idea what to expect at the New York art book fair hosted by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1 in Queens. I have visited the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2015 (there wasn't one this year), but [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Shopping, Travel, New York, Read & write, books, Publishing, illustrated books & zines, Book fair and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, books, New York, illustrated books & zines, New York art book fair


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