Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Eric Gill series exhibition

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Toothpicker

It is rare to visit an exhibition dedicated to typography, even in London.
Therefore, an exhibition on the development of the Gill Sans typeface by British artist/ sculptor/ type designer/ printmaker Eric Gill proved to be popular among graphic designers and typography lovers.
Gill designed the hugely popular Gill Sans sans-serif typeface between 1927-30 for [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, British design, Talks, Graphics & illustrations, Design, Typography and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, typography, Gill sans

Mino washi from Gifu exhibition

Posted on November 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mino washi paper exhibition at The Proud Archivist
I have been wanting to visit Mino in Gifu Prefecture in Central Japan for a while. My motive is to do with none other than paper, as Mino is renowned for traditional Japanese paper making.
The origin of Mino washi can be traced back to the [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese design, Exhibitions, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Design, washi paper and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, paper craft, The Proud Archivist, washi paper

Capturing autumn colours

Posted on November 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Hampstead heath
This autumn, we have had some beautiful sunny days with vivid blue sky in London, therefore I couldn't resist taking the time off (during the week) to enjoy nature in this bustling city. And I didn't have to go far since Hampstead Heath is the sanctuary for nature in London.

Hampstead Heath
I [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, nature, photography, autumn, Hampstead, walking

Stoke on Trent's vanishing kilns, craft and economy

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top: The grade II* listed Gladstone Pottery Museum where visitors can learn about city's pottery history and manufacturing processes; Bottom 2 rows: The city is full of abandoned pottery factories, kilns and chimneys
Last year, I visited The Asia Triennial in Manchester, and I was pleasantly surprised by the how the city [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with architecture, heritage, street life, Stoke on Trent, inequality, pottery

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

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