Thursday, 29 August 2013

Louise Saxton

Sublime; that's the only way to describe Louise's work. She takes reclaimed needlework and lace and creates these most stunning textile artworks with them. Her studio must be amazing. There's a great article on The Design Files, where I was introduced to her work, and you can see more of it at her gallery representative, Gould Galleries.
Such incredible attention to detail; such intricate work. By far one of my favourite artists of the year. I wish I could see these beautiful pieces in person. They must be just so awe inspiring in the flesh.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 26 August 2013

Ian and Alice

Tiny Showcase check in time and some nice work on show indeed: Above and below by Ian Dingman
 And below here by Alice Tye.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Fellini

If you haven't checked out the Fellini exhibition at the Eye, it's well worth a peek. Packed with photos, stories, drawings, film clips, wonderful old movie posters, and more, a great immersion into the man and his work. I've not got quite the movie list of unseen Fellini films to watch. The exhibition runs until the 22nd of September.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Aly Parrott

Found on Etsy: the most gorgeous handmade seaside play toys by textile artist Aly Parrott. Above: sand dollars, with lovely looking seaweed.
And I just love the set below: set of seashells. Just stunning colours and details. Especially nice if you don't live anywhere close to the sea. Items made to order.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Clickazoo

Well now aren't these just wonderful? "Clickazoo is a collection of foldable leather animals developed for Herm├Ęs. The animals laying flat in their packaging become alive when manipulated by their user. The patterns are always simple and they vary from on animal to the other."
 Crocodile and rabbit are my faves.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Can Roca

Special. Last weekend in Girona was a special. Edu and I had two weddings; an official ceremony in Amsterdam (short and sweet, in a brewery, in the middle of the red light...) on July 10th, and on August 25th (a big celebration with all our friends and family in Spain). For our one year anniversary I took Edu to Can Roca, for dinner on combination wedding date; August 10th. Not just any restaurant, but a Michelin star restaurant that (amazingly) was names #1 restaurant in the world between when I booked and when we went. And I booked 13 months earlier. What foresight from future-wife! But, knowing my future-husband well, I know the things that would make my man the happiest is food :)
So, we rocked up at 9pm ready for the fun. And it was pretty fun. The staff started out pretty straight and a bit stiff, but gradually they warmed up. It's impossible to go through every dish; too many that would be too hard to explain. I put in a few highlights; above top, which was a taste-around-the-world. Little parcels that were hard or soft to pop in your mouth whole and have the contents be a surprise. Fantastic. Above; nod to Catalan food with their take on olives and anchovies hanging from olive branches.
The majority of the courses were fish or seafood. Above; mackrel in a pretty glass dish, and below sea urchin in a broth with various seaweeds in a ceramic half sea urchin shell, that is supped by a ceramic rock. Each dish had it's own unique presentation service ware. We spoke to the staff and a lot is custom-made. And apparently a lot is stolen each year!! Hard to imagine people going to a a Michelin restaurant would pinch service ware off the table, but apparently they do... I guess they wanted a momento beyond photos or the cookbook. Cheeky.
One of the meat courses; pork over coals and hay. The utensil on the side we had a few times; big tweezers that looked the just came out of a science lab.
This dish was by far the most bizaare. It was a dessert of ice cream with mini marshmallows, on a salty caramel base. The 'dish' it sat on was a kind of plastic, that moved, making the desert move up and down... weird, and wonderful.
Another favourite dessert was this ice cream macaroon. So so good. We were also treated to a special dish; complete with a candle marking our 1st anniversary! Finally, when we thought we couldn't fit a another single bite more in, the dessert trolly – straight out of Willy Wonker's Factory – was wheeled over. Ayy... All in all, amazing food, theatre, and experience in general. Thank you, Can Roca. And happy anniversary, Dudu xxx

Friday, 16 August 2013

Weekend in Girona

Another weekend another trip! Seems a little excessive all this travel, but this particular trip was booked 13 months ago. Thing is, this was a special weekend; it was my 1st anniversary present for Edu. More of that next post.
The weekend pace was slow, as my belly dictates these days. We met Edu's parents for breakfast and walk slowly through the town.
Came across this sculpture by Subirachs, my favourite!
Sunday wondered the streets and took in the easy Sunday vibe.
Took a visit to the old baths; Els Banys Arabs de Girona. Only €2! And you get a lovely rooftop vantage point view.
The view as I sat and wrote postcards home to the family above. Loved the tiles.
Treasure was found at the one store we ducked into as I bought postcards. A set of three vintage children's books on Catalan customs. However, on getting them home and reading them, they turn out to be quite religious... They were printed in the mid 50s, when Catalan was usually banned, these were allowed by the censor, the sensors always being priests. Thus, you get your traditions, but with a hefty dose of religion to go along with it. And, a few more advertising fans for the collection.