Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Aokigahara suicide forest

Posted on November 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

A blog entry about suicide seems rather odd especially weeks before Christmas, but perhaps it is precisely THE time to write about it because there are many who may not be feeling the festive and joyous mood during this period. And for those people, the festive seasons can also be the most [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Social issues, Anything Japanese and was tagged with documentaries, Japan, Aokigahara forest

All about Fungi - foraging in Hampstead Heath

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

I have always loved eating mushrooms, ( it's funny to say this but Campbell's mushroom soup was one of my favourite when I was a kid) years ago, I even bought a hardback cookbook on mushrooms only. About two years ago, I met a couple on a hike who like to [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, Food & dining, walks, nature, eco living, fungi, Hampstead, workshop, foraging, wild foods, mushrooms

Hong Kong's Business of Design Week 2013

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

Of all the cities in Asia, I find Hong Kong and Singapore to be the best representations of the term 'East meets West', this is partly due to their historical backgrounds and links to the British. Even though in recent years, the world's focus has turned to Chinese cities like Shanghai and [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, British design, Travel, Business, Talks, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, talks, Hong Kong design, British design, business, BODW

Arabesque by Jane Birkin

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

When I was a teenager, I became obsessed with everything 'French' because of their immaculate taste in art, fashion, design, culinary and cinema. I indulged in French cinema ( esp. Eric Rohmer ) and even spent 7 months living in Paris trying to improve my English-accented French learned from school here. During [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound and was tagged with London, music, Jane Birkin, world music

Forgotten spaces 2013

Posted on November 9, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left and middle: Somerset House's hidden passageway; the Lightwells and Deadhouse; Top right: 2nd price - Aquadocks by Studio Pink; Bottom left: 1st price - Fleeting Memories by 4orm 
I have always enjoyed the Forgotten Spaces competition organised by RIBA London. The competition seeks out redundant spaces across Greater London and [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Contemporary and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, contemporary architecture

Milonga by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Toothpicker

I have seen several shows choreographed by the experimental Moroccan-Flemish choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's at Sadlers Wells before, including: Sutra ( a collaboration with Antony Gormley and a group of young Shaolin monks in 2008), Babel ( another collaboration with Gormley and Damien Jalet in 2010) and TeZukA ( on the works [...]

This post was posted in London, Tango, Dance, Music & Sound and was tagged with London, tango, music, Sadler Wells, world music

Suspense: London Puppetry Festival 2013

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Toothpicker

The floating Puppet theatre Barge in Little Venice
I have previously written about puppetry because I am rather fond of this traditional art form. When I found out about the London Puppetry Festival a few weeks ago, I was quite eager to take the opportunity to see some contemporary puppetry shows.
First [...]

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

Our new theme: PLAY

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

In the past few years, I noticed a "back to basic" trend happening in the developed countries, and even in product designs, many designers have opted for less decorative style and creating products from natural material. Simple wooden toys also seem to have made a comeback, which I am quite happy to [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Business, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, paper craft, Taiwanese design, business

AOI Illustration Awards 2013

Posted on November 4, 2013 by Toothpicker

 Bottom left & right Russell Cobb for Lower Mill Estate: Summer and Autumn
I often feel that illustrations or illustrators are 'undervalued', perhpas due to its ambiguous nature... somewhere between art and graphic design, it is somewhat overlooked by people outside and sometimes even inside the industry. When I used to work in advertising [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Street art & graffiti, Graphics & illustrations and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, graffiti/ street art, illustrations

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