Traditional arts & crafts

The art of Andalusian azulejos

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
Top: Plaza de España; 2nd row left: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo; 2nd row middle, right & 3rd row: Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija; Bottom left: Hospital de los Venerables; Bottom right: Alhambra.

 
I have always love azulejos/ ceramic tiles, and I was especially escatic when I was in Portugal because there is [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Traditional arts & crafts, Andalusia, azulejos and was tagged with architecture, graffiti/ street art, traditional crafts, Andalusia, azulejos


The joy of (window) shopping in Andalusia

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

The reason why I don't write much about shopping in London is partly because I don't enjoy it these days and do most of my shopping online. I avoid Oxford street and Tottenham Court Road like the plague, and I find shopping in central London extremely uninspiring. Specialists and independent shops are [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Andalusia, Visual merchandising and was tagged with shopping, fashion, traditional crafts, Shopping guide, seville, Andalusia, Cordoba, Granada, visual merchandising


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


Traditional Chinese paper cuts

Posted on August 26, 2013 by Toothpicker

As promised, I shall continue to 'show off' my vintage collection... and this time, it is traditional Chinese paper cuts that I collected when I was young. As a child, I loved to draw, cut, fold ( origami) and build ( lego). Of course my cutting technique was hardly refined, but I [...]

This post was posted in Paper art & craft, Chinese design, Traditional arts & crafts, Design and was tagged with paper craft, chinese design, Chinese paper cuts, folk arts & craft


Museum of the year: William Morris Gallery

Posted on July 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
I have been wanting to visit the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow for a while but never seem to get a chance... Last month, the gallery has been awarded the winner of the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013, and so I was determined to pay the gallery a [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, British designs, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, gardens, British design, traditional crafts, William Morris


Rickmansworth Festival 2013

Posted on June 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

Floating band and canal boats in Rickmansworth
 
It is amazing what I keep discovering here in London... I have never heard of the Rickmansworth Festival ( nor Rickmansworth for that matter) even though this year was its 20th year! I only found out about it because I was taking the special vintage tube [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Traditional arts & crafts, Transport and was tagged with London, nature, canal boats, Rickmansworth festival


Taipei's paper and puppet museums

Posted on April 14, 2013 by Toothpicker

There are many arts and crafts museums in Taipei but I found these two museums particularly unique and charming, especially for those who are interested in traditional arts and crafts. Suho memorial paper museum is located in a busy business district and can be easily missed, but once inside, the museum has [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Taipei and was tagged with paper craft, puppetry, traditional crafts, Taipei


Kaohsiung's Bamboo street

Posted on April 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

Bamboo street's bamboo and rattan handicrafts

 
When I first started writing this blog, I was slightly reluctant and hesitant. Although I love to share with people, sharing with the public about my life and inner thoughts seem slightly out of my character.
However, over the time I have learned to use this as a [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Taiwanese design, Kaohsiung, Design and was tagged with Kaohsiung, Taiwanese design, traditional crafts


West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre

Posted on March 3, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
I only found out about the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre when it was about to wrap up, so I dragged my local graphic design friend ( who didn't even know about this) to visit the site on its last day.
Like I mentioned in my previous blog entry, Hong Kongers are now [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Travel, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, paper craft, Hong Kong design, theatre


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


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