Monthly Archives: January 2013

TN29 by Tracey Neuls

Posted on January 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Drop by Tracey Neuls x Tord Boontje
For an ex-shopaholic like me, I am now buying only about 10% of what I used to in a year. I spent years using shopping as a means of stress relief from work, and it was only when I started selling all my unwanted stuff on [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Shopping guide, British design, Fashion, Design and was tagged with London, shopping, fashion, TN29, British design

The Bruce Lacey experience

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Toothpicker

The Bruce Lacey experience at Camden arts centre
I have heard of the eccentric British artist Bruce Lacey before, but I wasn't familiar with his work until his exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre ( one of my favourite galleries in London which is not actually in Camden) back in the summer.
The exhibition [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries, Art, Theatre & performance art, British art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, documentaries, ICA, performance art, Camden Arts Centre

Photography exhibitions in London

Posted on January 26, 2013 by Toothpicker

Saving the desperate 'bride' by Li Yang, 3rd prize singles ( spot news) at World Press photo 2012
In the past few months, I have been busy visiting various photography exhibitions all over London. Finally, I feel that photography is being more 'recognised' as an art form, and it's great to see so [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Photography and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, photography

London art fair 2013

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main photo: Samara Scott's painted carpet at The Sunday painter gallery
I can't say I am a fan of art fairs, unless you know exactly what you are looking for or where to go, it can be an overkill going through aisles of art work, especially when the standards are so varied. After [...]

This post was posted in London, Art, Art fair and was tagged with London, British art, art fairs, London art fair

A day out in snowy London on foot

Posted on January 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

Snow can be beautiful to look at but also a nightmare for commuters. The best time to enjoy the beauty of snow is during the first few days when it settles and before it turns muddy or dirty.
Yesterday, I attended a lunchtime talk on the fourth plinth and public art (see my previous [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Hiking & walking, Street life and was tagged with London, walks, street life

Hand stories by Yeung Fai

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Toothpicker

Yeung Fai's Hand stories at Barbican
Can a dying traditional art form be revived? With so many traditional art forms losing their appeal to the younger generation, new ideas and collaborations have to be injected to update and preserve these crafts from disappearing.
Hand stories is a puppetry play that combines traditional skills with contemporary [...]

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

Fourth plinth

Posted on January 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

Powerless Structures by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset ( February 2012 - present))
For those who are unfamiliar with the 'fourth plinth', it is the a plinth in Trafalgar Square ( originally intended for a statue of King William IV) that has stood empty for over 150 years due to insufficient funds. But [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art, British art, contemporary, Sculptures and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, ICA, sculptures

See Red Women's Workshop

Posted on January 11, 2013 by Toothpicker

Coincidentally, after writing my previous blog entry, I saw an exhibition on See Red Women's Workshop, an organisation fully committed to the ideals of the second wave feminist movement, and used graphics ( mainly screen prints) to explore and question the role of women in society from 1974 to 1990.
The screen-printing workshop [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Social issues, Graphics & illustrations and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, ICA, graphic design, British design

Dress for yourself

Posted on January 2, 2013 by Toothpicker

2013 is here and I have a sudden urge to change my personal style...
I consider my character to be quite tomboyish, but being a 'tomboy' is more about an inner attitude rather than the sexual orientation or appearance, and often people get confused by this term. Even when I was young, I [...]

This post was posted in Fashion, Social issues and was tagged with fashion, tango, sexism

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