These are our favourite things ( for this week! )

Well, I'm changing things a little bit on the blog. I don't enjoy blogs where people are just talking about themselves - but lo - what did I myself do...... so I've pulled myself together, got back on the horse and hopefully the below will be much more interesting. Here we go.....

Our favorite Artisan - Nicholas Jones

Sculptor, or dealer? As a lover of books, Nicholas chose books as his medium near the end of his sculpture degree. His passion for them is palpable. Folding, cutting and sculpting humble hardbacks into works of extraordinary beauty. Taking the history of each book and the idea that it has been discarded, found and then reborn into the above. Look on his website - and as the youngest in our family says - 'Prepare to be amazed'.

Our favourite exhibition - CĂ©leste Boursier-Mougenot

Trained as a musician and composer, French artist CĂ©leste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. His installation at the Barbican takes the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.

Watch the video here, and then hop on your bike and cycle immediately to the Barbican.

I can't say 'Prepare to be amazed' again, can I?

Our Favourite Colour - Pantone 15-1157 TC

Inspired by this fantastic Mark Borthwick image, we bring you.....

An orange that will perk up your day (and the upcoming rainy weekend) without fail. It's not retro orange, it's filtered orange, late afternoon sunlight orange - good orange I like to call it. Game of frisbee anyone? I feel like putting on The Fresh Prince track 'Summertime".......
Pantone 15-1157 TC or CMYK 0/55/95/0

Our Favourite Place - Sir John Soane's Museum

Hands up who hasn't been - well that's ok. Hands up who hasn't heard of it????

The Museum was designed by one of Britain's greatest architects, Sir John Soane (1753-1837) and was his home as well as his private Museum. Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art, every aspect of which reflects its creator's architectural ingenuity, imagination and love of beauty. Soanes collections - architectural fragments, Roman and Greek marbles, casts, paintings, sculpture and furniture - are still arranged today as they were at the time of his death in 1837.
After the death of his wife he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Having been deeply disappointed by his two sons, he determined to establish the house as a museum to which 'amateurs and students' should have access. 
To leave something behind such as this would be immense. It's a question I ask myself - what is it that I will leave behind that will add to rather than take away from my part of the world.
Open Tuesday to Saturday only - 10am-5pm. It will rival your affections for the V & A.

Hopefully four things that have added to your day at least.


Ruth said...

One of my favourite places, as well as the Geffrye Museum

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