Happy Christmas and New Year!

In my usual tradition, here is the round up of featured posts for 2011.  It’s been a pretty tubulent year personally for me and I haven’t blogged as much as I usually do – but my New Year resolution is to do so, so get ready for more eclectic mixes of art, design and quirkyness! Continue reading “Happy Christmas and New Year!”

Stone me! Bathbombs, puppets, dribbles and Little Dancers!

Musician,artist and printmaker  Ronnie Wood, who plays with the Rolling Stones (and has also played with The Faces, and the Jeff Beck Group) trained at Ealing Art College. His new exhibition, called ‘Time and Places’ will showcase 100 pieces of his work, including paintings of Jimi Hendrix, Slash and portraits of friends and family.  It shall run 7Continue reading “Stone me! Bathbombs, puppets, dribbles and Little Dancers!”

Candyfloss buildings and Marshmallow Skies

Architects have their work cut out trying to dream up functional aestheticalyl pleasing buildings.  These particular buildings though, follow the dream literally.  They are castles in the air: imagination made practical, –  each of these buildings actually promotes a product.  For example, Kansas City Library actually incorporates book like structures into its public parking garage.  This might proveContinue reading “Candyfloss buildings and Marshmallow Skies”

Happy Birthday Antoni Gaudi! Reblogged

Today is the birthday of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.  Antoni Plàcid Guillem Gaudí Cornet (to give him his full title) was born on this day in 1852 and died in 1926.  It is unknown where exactly he was born, but it may have been either Reus or Riudoms (he was baptised the day after his birth in theContinue reading “Happy Birthday Antoni Gaudi! Reblogged”

Dream Buildings that are just that – Dreams!

There’s some strange buildings in this world.  Buildings made of salvage, buildings encrusted with shells, buildings that just cheer you up and make you think what great fun it would be to live in. I have always thought that it would be fantastic to live in an Oast House; these are the houses  usuallyseen in Kent andContinue reading “Dream Buildings that are just that – Dreams!”

Small Place that is Big on Character! Mr Thomas’s Chop House

We went for a meal in Mr Thomas’s Chop House, Manchester the other night.  I’ve  passed this place many times, even went in for a drink once, but I’ve never eaten in there.  The pub/restaurant size is deceptive.  The 1867 building is a long and narrow, giving the impression of a tiny bar at the front. Continue reading “Small Place that is Big on Character! Mr Thomas’s Chop House”

A Visit to Shrewsbury: Abbey to Appleyards

The ancient market town of Shrewsbury continued from HERE   The Abbey itself was founded as a Benedictine Abbey in 1083 by Roger De Montgomery who was related to William the Conquerer and is still a place of worship.  It has a powerful atmosphere: the history seeps through the walls. The first thing you notice (apart fromContinue reading “A Visit to Shrewsbury: Abbey to Appleyards”