One winter's day in Brighton

Posted on January 10, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Not surprisingly, I have never visited Brighton in the winter, but an exhibition on my wish list brought me to the coastal city in January. Obviously, I had to check the weather forecast before booking my train ticket, and it was lucky that the forecast was correct for a change.
Sunshine and blue [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Shopping, Britain and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Brighton, seaside, beach, Winter sun


"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


The splendid Dale Chihuly exhibition at Kew Gardens

Posted on November 2, 2019 by Toothpicker

Sapphire Star, 2010

 
I am not sure why it took me so long to visit the 'Chihuly - Reflections on nature' exhibition at Kew Gardens, but I finally managed to catch it a few days before it ended. It was not the best day to visit Kew, but the autumn foliage made up [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Nature, Art, Contemporary craft, Gardens & parks, contemporary, Sculptures and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, nature, gardens, contemporary crafts, sculptures, contemporary art, autumn, kew gardens, Dale Chihuly, glass


Raindance film festival: Toxic Beauty & Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

Posted on October 20, 2019 by Toothpicker

Q & A with the director of Toxic Beauty
 
After seeing two powerful documentaries at the Raindance film festival, I thought to myself that we all have to be activists in this day and age. Recently when I met up with different friends, we would talk about how the world seems to be [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues, Pollution & environment, Environmental racism, toxic cosmetics and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival, pollution, toxic cosmetics, environmental racisim, Raindance film festival


Historic Colchester - the former capital of Roman Britain

Posted on October 6, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Although Colchester is only 50 miles from London, I have never visited this historic market town before. Regarded as Britain's oldest recorded town, it used to be the capital of Roman Britain, but it does not seem to attract as many visitors as Cambridge and Oxford. After visiting The Beth Chatto Gardens [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Architectural conservation, British heritage, Archaeology, Britain and was tagged with architecture, museums, heritage, British art, Architectural conservation, Colchester, archaeology


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