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Forgotten Masterpieces: Indian Painting for the East India Company

Posted on February 28, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
 
Even though I am a regular art exhibition-goer in London, I often miss many excellent but less publicised exhibitions in town. Luckily, I did manage to see the rare and wonderful "Forgotten Masterpieces: Indian Painting for the East India Company" at The Wallace Collection before my travels to Asia.
Guest curated by [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, British heritage, Botanical art, Indian art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, heritage, botanical art, Indian art, art, Wallace Collection, Forgotten Masters


Winter soup dinner diet & comfort homecooking

Posted on February 25, 2020 by Toothpicker

Autumn/winter vegetables bought from the organic farmers market
 
Last winter, I embarked on a 'soup dinner diet' for a few months during the autumn/winter period, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I did it again this year. Oddly enough, I don't actually believe in diets, and have only been on diets a few [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Cookery and was tagged with London, Food & dining, cookery, soup diet


Emmanuelle Moureaux's 'Slices of Time' exhibition at Now Gallery

Posted on February 10, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I have been a fan of Tokyo-based French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux and her colour-driven architecture for some time. Since 1996, she has been living in Tokyo where she established Emmanuelle Moureaux architecture + design in 2003. I have never actually seen Moureaux's architecture and installations in real life, so I was really [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Paper art & craft, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Contemporary, contemporary and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, architecture, graphic design, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Emmanuelle Moureaux, art, paper art


London's new street food halls & markets

Posted on January 25, 2020 by Toothpicker

Flat Iron Square in Southwark
 
Once upon a time, visitors to London used to tell me that London rarely changes, especially when you compare to cities in Asia. Well, you can't really compare London to cities like Beijing or Shanghai, but as a Londoner, I feel that London has changed immensely over the [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Markets, Architectural conservation and was tagged with London, Food & dining, architecture, Architectural conservation, Food markets, street food, street food markets


"Olafur Eliasson: In real life" exhibition at Tate Mordern

Posted on December 22, 2019 by Toothpicker

Model room (2003), Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Einar Thorsteinn
 
Although I have seen Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's works before, I was still hesitant to visit his "Olafur Eliasson: In real life" exhibition at Tate Modern fearing that it has been overhyped. Then when I went with a friend on one Friday evening [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Paper art & craft, Social issues, Art, Climate change, contemporary and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, origami, contemporary art, climate change, global crisis, Olafur Eliasson, Tate Modern


African Textiles - Karun Thakar Collection at Brunei Gallery

Posted on December 17, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Often it is easy to miss many excellent exhibitions in a big city like London, especially after Timeout got rid of its exhibitions listing when it became a free magazine. Meanwhile, the few art listing apps don't seem to be comprehensive either. This is when Instagram can be useful sometimes... it was [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, weaving, Textiles, natural dyeing, indigo dyeing and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, textiles, weaving, natural dyeing, indigo dyeing, African textiles, African design


Festival of Natural Fibres & Saori weaving at Craft Central

Posted on December 12, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
 
Even though I live in London, I don't often venture away from my neighbourhood or the centre, and I had no idea where the Isle of Dogs is until I looked it up on google. I have not been to the Craft Central's new venue since they moved across town more [...]

This post was posted in London, Fashion, Eco living & sustainability, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, weaving, Textiles, natural dyeing and was tagged with London, textiles, weaving, natural dyeing, sustainability, Japanese textiles, Indian textiles, craft central, craft, SAORI weaving, Craft festival


Autumn/winter wild food foraging in Hampstead Heath

Posted on December 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Although wild food foraging is nothing new, it has become quite popular in recent years. I think this is due to our growing interest in sustainability and back-to-basics lifestyle after decades of consumerism. As we know, endless purchase of consumer goods and fast fashion does not fulfil our lives, nor does it [...]

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, Hampstead, trees, workshop, foraging, wild foods, plants


London's unusual sunset spot: Emirates Air Line

Posted on December 4, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I feel that sometimes when we live in a place for a long time, we would start taking things for granted, and stop noticing our surroundings. Yet if you talk to tourists or friends visiting from abroad, you are likely to be surprised by their discovery and knowledge about your home city/town/village [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Transport and was tagged with London, nature, sunset, Emirates Air Line, cable car


Minyo Crusaders & Souad Massi at the Jazz Cafe

Posted on November 29, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
It has been many years since I last visited Jazz Cafe in Camden. In recent years, I tend to go to 'proper' concerts at the Barbican and South Bank where I would sit quite still for hours. I think I have almost forgotten the joy of standing (and dancing) at a concert [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese and was tagged with London, music, concert, Minyo Crusaders, Souad Massi, Jazz cafe, folk music, world music


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