Social issues

Garrison & the moreTrees project

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
A long overdue post on our 'last' product launch before the theme changes this week. Garrison was a brand I was introduced to at the Tokyo Gift Fair back in February.
After being introduced to different company directors who were all very formal and polite, it was quite refreshing to meet the passionate [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, wood products


TEDx Albertopolis

Posted on October 3, 2013 by Toothpicker

TEDx at the Royal Albert Hall, the first TEDx event in London
 
A few years ago, I was rather hooked on TED and watched many videos on various topics by inspirational figures who wanted to share and spread their ideas to the world. Hence, when I found out about the franchise event, TEDx Albertopolis [...]

This post was posted in London, Talks, Social issues and was tagged with London, talks, TEDx


Summer walks: The new battle of Hastings

Posted on June 30, 2013 by Toothpicker

The historical town of Hastings and its rather quiet seaside fairground
 
I visited Hastings about 10 years ago to see the the historical site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. This time, I joined a walking group and visited the town for the first time. Like many other British seaside towns, the glory [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Social issues, Hiking & walking, Inequality & poverty, Britain and was tagged with hiking, nature, Hastings


Souzou: Outsider art from Japan

Posted on June 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

The Economically Booming City of Tianjin, China by Norimitsu Kokubo ( 2011)

 
I don't usually like to use outside sources ( i.e. photographs) for this blog, but since I wasn't allowed to take photographs at this exhibition, I will make an exception. I am aware that this exhibition has been going on [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Social issues, Art, Anything Japanese, Japanese art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Japanese art, wellcome collection, outsider art


Poverty in the Midst of Plenty exhibition

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
Even though Hong Kong is one of wealthiest cities in the world, the gap between the rich and the poor is also widening significantly over the last twenty years. Income equality is now among the worst in the world and poverty is an issue that can no longer be neglected.
 

Chan Wai Kwong's [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Social issues and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, photography


Water for Thought: Life-changing design

Posted on February 3, 2013 by Toothpicker

Roca London Gallery designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

 
Not long ago, I attended the preview of Water for Thought: Life-changing design at Roca London Gallery. The exhibition is curated by London-based Spanish designer, Hector Serrano for the We Are Water Foundation, an initiative of Roca which aims to generate awareness and address the [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Eco designs, Social issues, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, eco designs, eco living


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


Beef 2012 by Seungho Lee

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Toothpicker

This blog post is long overdue... I told Seungho that I would write about his award-winning MA project after my Helsinki trip, but it has taken me all this time to get round to it!
I have been corresponding with Seungho from About:blank via emails since I started stocking their notebooks. Hence, it [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Finnish design, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Korean design, Designers & artists, Design, Videos & animations and was tagged with Food & dining, Helsinki, Finnish design, eco living


London film festival 2012

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

I am a huge fan of world cinema and documentaries, but it's never easy to pick just a few from the long list at the London film festival. I usually would pick out the ones that are 'least' likely to get distributed here, hence I never pick the popular choices.
It is always [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival


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