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Rain Room

If you’re in London before next March, you need to visit Barbicans Rain Room

We queued for an hour to get into this, first thing on a Monday morning, with a picnic breakfast and good company.  It’s a fascinating exhibit.  The rain is torrential; yet you can walk through the room without getting wet- amazing!  While standing back and taking photos, I noted the most often seen pose of people walking through is arms outstretched, as if trying to catch the rain. Turns out it’s instinctive…

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SPARK Illustrations

A wee while back I was contacted by Slaves of the Extraordinary, to produce a series of illustrations for the SPARK event last Friday in aid of the Mayamiko Trust.  Illustration, fair trade fashion and putting on a theatrical show?? Triple whammy!!

I’m doing a limited edition of 10 prints and going to open my reinvented Etsy shop with them, with a 15% proceeds going to the charity – will keep you posted…

 

Meanwhile, anyone doing this year’s Sketchbook Project?

Sketchbook Project- The Result

In my last post I mentioned I’d finished my notebook for the Limited Edition Sketchbook project. Here’s a few photographs of the result.

I chose The Science of the Story as my theme for the notebook. As some of you will know I’ve been scribbling away on something for quite a while now. The notebook depicts part of a scene from the story and a map of the area the main character has found themself in so far.

In between the pages I typed part of the first chapter onto tracing paper and cut out wee windows so you can see part of the story. I layered the tracing paper and, as a result, the writing is quite blurry. I deliberately left in mistakes as its a work in progress and sure mistakes are far more interesting than perfection.

Snapshot

Way back in January Amy posted about the Art House Co-Op’s Limited Edition Sketchbook project and begged someone to take part in it with her. I signed up. Slightly against my better judgement as I was already over stretching myself with various projects. Sure what did I only go and do a few months later but sign up for their Photo Response Project. Time is only a concept, right? Well, both projects are deadlined for Monday and I’m pleased to report I am finished them both and will be popping them in the post on Friday. Yes, yes, cutting it fine- but not as fine as some, hey Amy?

Pop-Up Design Show!

Hmm…so who knew that 2 months without drawing means it’s reeeallly hard to produce stuff that’s public worthy?  Add to that some work that came up recently and I’m afraid illustrations/cards are shelved for a wee while.Image

This was going to be one of a series I’ve had in my head for a while.  I haven’t completely abandoned the idea, but for this particular event, I decided it was more prudent (thanks Mr Bennett) to put all my (precious) energy into the headpieces instead. Photoshop keeps crashing my computer at the moment but hold tight and I’ll post some pics of the finished pieces soon as it lets me…

Meanwhile, if you’re about London this weekend, you can see them live at the Pop-Up Shop at Le Garage in Dulwich…opening tonight!!

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wish us luck! x

Inspiration #2

Well, so much for me picking a particular day to blog about what inspired me each week… Huh.  Who’d have believed that wouldn’t happen…

Map of Neustern and its street index

In the past eight days I’ve taken part in not one but TWO alternative walking tours of Dublin.  The first was the Le Cool Experience– a tour taking in the things that you may not know exist in Dublin, or that may have a short shelf life.  Well , that was one of the best tours I’ve ever done…  It began at 11am on a lovely sunny Saturday with a trip to Smock Alley theatre and a private viewing of two scenes from Romeo and Juliet;  then a visit to the Hacienda bar on Little Mary Street for a look-see (I live a 5 minute walk from this bar, have walked past it about a million and two times and never paid it any heed… it’s got teeny windows high up on the wall; you’ve to ring a bell and get vetted by the barman to get in… how’s that for a door policy) for an interesting chat about Open Learning; next a visit to Galerie Modonov on Capel Street for the fascinating exhibition All Roads Lead to Neustern; and on to the Little Green Gallery on (uh) Little Green Street for an exhibition on the history of reggae.  The final stop on our tour was Middle Abbey Street and a visit to tailor Jude Hughes who has been renting a basement workshop there for 22 odd years (I think); he’s an unassuming man who has such interesting stories (he has run the Dublin marathon, there is a school he teaches in each year named after him in Rwanda, he had an employee who retired at the age of 92…)

It was such a brilliantly inventive tour that I’ve booked to do a second one on the 1st December…

Hacienda pool table

 

Listening to the curator speak about All Roads Lead to Neustern

 

The only sign for Rapid Alteration services on Middle Abbey Street

I love the painting of the tailor on the wall...

Walk number two was The New Obsessive Tour of Dublin¹.  I heard about this on the Le Cool tour- our tour guide was Gary Farrelly, the artist behind the All Roads Lead to Neustern exhibition.  (I can’t begin to explain this exhibition- all I’ll say is that it has one of the best maps I’ve seen in years (nearly as good as my favourite Tim Robinson map of the Burren) and the whole exhibition deserves your time and attention.) The New Obsessive Tour was an actual tour of a fictional Dublin. We discovered fascinations such as: Christchurch is actually a cardboard cutout put in place to take the stark look off the H-Bomb-proof Offices of the Secret Police (the civic offices to the uninitiated); there are ‘penance machines’ outside churches for ease of easing your conscience (parking meters to the unobservant); there was a Nazi visit to Dublin in 1939 via a silted tarpaulin-covered submarine; and the North Korean President has an apartment in Dublin which he found via Daft.  It was a tour like no other, really interesting, really fun and really real.  I came away believing the stories of the barrel baby, of the Cannibal Cafe and of the Russian ghost haunting the old Ormond Hotel.  The man is a genius.

I also managed to pop over this week to the relatively new Copper House Gallery off Synge Street- what a lovely building! They currently have an exhibition of photos by Anthony Haughey called Settlement.  The photos themselves are beautiful- shots of abandoned building sites and so-called ‘ghost estates’, all taken in the gloaming between sunset and sunrise.  It’s an interesting look at relics of the Celtic Tiger; the photos are shown alongside 32 architectural proposals from the brilliant NAMAlab project and an installation of pyrite.  I’ve actually seen photography projects based on this subject matter before at various college final year exhibitions, but these photos are the most striking I’ve seen.  I came away with a thoughtful glint in my eye…

¹I just discovered the footnote facility; figured this was as good a spot to try it out as any… expect Flann O’Brien style footnotes in the future…

Inspiration

Looking at Pearce Street through the glass bell jar of the EVENT HORIZON piece- a vortex in perpetual motion suspended in what looks like water...

When I set up this blog, one of my plans was to write about the interesting exhibitions (and other cultural stuff, inspirational stuff) I see weekly.  But for some reason, I’ve been a bit chicken about sharing this information… (I think it’s because the exhibitions have a deadline, and so are probably over before anyone reads about them.)  Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this a lot in the past week and I wonder if I should choose a day and blog about where I found inspiration during the previous 7 days.  Like “thinking Tuesdays” or “wandering Wednesdays”…(I know, the alliteration needs work; help is welcome)

I’ll begin today anyway with the following:

Mad Art Gallery: A-Z of Unusual Words by Project Twins

Wow, this was great! These guys took 26 unusual words that have fallen out of daily use and created illustrations for them.  I love weird words, and the illustrations to accompany these words are so good, really clever and elegant.  My favourite word they used is Yonderly… If you’re around Dublin City Centre before it ends on Wed 16th, check it out.

Science Gallery: Surface Tension The Future of Water

A really interesting and informative exhibition about the relationship we have with water and a study on the future of water.  My absolute favourite piece here is the Tele-Present Water.  This is a wood and metal hinged sculpture; it is hooked up to a series of mechanical boxes which accept data from a transmitting buoy somewhere in the Pacific Ocean and causes the sculpture to move according to this data.  Basically the sculpture moves in rhythm with the motion of the sea that the buoy is collecting data from.  So if it’s stormy where the bhoy is, then it’s stormy in the gallery.  It’s hypnotic to watch.  I spent ages just staring at it.  If I was to pass this place regularly, I’d pop in just to see how the sea is that day!

The exhibition runs until January 20th 2012.


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