We could have picked a warmer, less windy day, but it was probably for the best that we experienced Margate under the most unfavourable conditions. Gales force 11, hanging onto our hats, smiles frozen in the process of exploring town. I loved it. And it can only get better in summer. Most shops were closed,… Continue reading Discovering Margate
Whether you have a fancy dress party or a wedding, making your own fascinator can be a lot of fun. You’ll have a piece that will perfectly match your outfit (as you are choosing the materials) and it will be a great talking point. Don’t get me wrong though, a professionally-made hat, skillfully crafted by… Continue reading How to make your own fascinator – in 5 steps!
I always find it hard to decide how to entertain guests visiting me in London, mainly because these days my life in the city is limited to the office commute, and back. I love my local hangouts, trips outside of London, hunting for some antiques, gardening and the occasional craft workshop. Ok, ok, it’s not… Continue reading Crafty men, pulling faces, and cool hangouts in SE London
Some really good crafty events to keep you inspired this spring
This one was an unusual exhibition. I was invited to ArtRooms by my friend Alice White, who was exhibiting a new collection of paintings from her residency at ZSL. I didn’t really read the invite properly and said I would go, just to see her! When I got there I realised that this was going… Continue reading What happens when you fill a hotel with artists?
Continuing my quest to find the perfect recipe for creativity, this month I’ve interviewed Peckham-based illustrator Vic Lee. He came to be an illustrator after a long journey through various jobs that had some or nothing to do with holding a pen. Now he spends most of his time making stunning visual reinterpretations of the… Continue reading Start and finish the day happy – an interview with illustrator Vic Lee
Maybe not as cool as the Hackney Wicked Festival, the Artists’ Open House event that is part of the Dulwich Festival was full of surprises. First of all, you have an excuse to knock at strangers’ doors and be actually invited to come in, it feels a bit akward at first but once you have… Continue reading Artists’ Open House
I was sitting on the stool, sandwiched between two other beginners. He was walking around the easels delivering dubious jokes to the advanced students, who were promptly laughing at the same punchline I’d heard since lesson one. My Shakespeare’s head was coming out neat and tidy. Religiously following his advice, I found my skills were… Continue reading I love local pubs
Every so often my eyes need to take in some pretty and inspirational sights, anything as simple as pictures, flowers, landscapes or people will do, as long as I like them that is. So I got two tickets to see Borgeouis and Maurice at Bistroteque. The venue is something you would not expect to be… Continue reading A Bit of Cabaret
Giving that I was with the people I most love, it was already a winning day. My friend ventured down to Peckham from zone 6 in North-West London just to spend the afternoon with me and nose around my newfound treasures here in SE5. There was a jumble sale event at the New Gallery on… Continue reading A New Gallery?