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It’s the Geographer in me!

A gem of a temporary exhibition has popped up at  the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh entitled Dr. Livingstone, I presume? which is running till the 7th of April. Showcasing a chronological view of Livingstone’s explorations, the exhibition marks 200 years since David Livingstone’s birth in Blantyre, Scotland.

Medicine horn

Antelope medicine horn from Nyasaland.

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Pop and Abstract: new exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff

Abstract art is not everyone’s cup of tea, but The National Museum Cardiff is hosting an exhibition showcasing works by a group of artists that transformed British art in the postwar period. Inspired by the latest developments in the US, pop and abstract artists used vibrant colour and the language of advertising to create a progressive style.

Buses (1964) Allen Jones (1937-)

Buses (1964) by Allen Jones

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Curious specimens

The scientist in me cannot help but get excited about this exhibition. The Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London has opened The Micrarium, a space housing more than 2,300 microscope slides containing specimens such as tortoise mites, sea spiders and squid that are only millimetres in length. The display area, which museum manager Jack Ashby has described as a “backlit cave”, was previously a storage room. “The specimens are exquisite works of art, and this intentionally aesthetic installation aims to inspire awe at both biological diversity and human technical skill in their preparation,” he added.

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A little privileged…

So, I had the strangest experience yesterday. I was invited to a meeting at Coughton Court. I’m very fortunate in the fact that I live very close to this amazing property. The great thing about living in Warwickshire is the variety of different National Trust properties that I can visit. I have had my eye on working at Coughton Court for about a year though. I was quite determined to become involved as I’ve mentioned in previous posts.

Discover a house full of intrigue and secrets © Andreas von Einsiedel

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My work…

Strike a pose!

It’s been a long time coming. I know you’re probably curious about what I produce myself. Well, I’ve illustrated for quite a few years. I studied ceramics alongside other media at Art School back in 2004-2005 and I’ve always written stories since I was very young. The two became quite united in later years, as I wrote and illustrated the stories myself. I thought I would share some of the pieces I produced.

One of the larger pieces from the stories I illustrated! I would like to add, that these were horror stories! These pieces were all exhibited, but I refused to sell them. Read more…

The beautiful work of Kate Alizadeh

After searching for more whimsical illustrations, I came across the work of Kate Alizadeh. Kate is a Falmouth based freelance illustrator who has a “fondness for pencils, paint, scribbles, silliness, spontaneity, stories, and songs.” She is currently completing a degree in illustration at Falmouth University. I have fallen in love with her work and I see great things ahead for her in the future. I thought I would share some examples of her work, and I hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired me. I really should get back to my own drawing board and start producing more work. I shall let you see some of my own illustrations perhaps??

Some untitled pieces by Kate:

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Time to Explore (finding myself, urrgh)!

After nearly dying, you kinda look at things in a new perspective in your life! Yes, that’s right, I seem to have been suffering from a mystery illness that meant endless trips to the doctors, lots of needles and eventually, a diagnosis which was a little frightening. After hearing all the wonderful news (haha), I decided to take some time out and do some travelling. It’s good to get away from it all and spend some quality time with friends. I was going to go abroad for a week with a friend, but because I then came down with tonsilitis (my life gets better and better) that sort of scuppered our plans. It’s a good job I didn’t book the tickets!

So, I ended up travelling in good old England for the week to discuss business plans (more on that topic at a later date) and generally getting my life sorted. I’ve come to some fantastic conclusions. Firstly, that its time to have fun. I’ve got to put myself first and actually enjoy life. Secondly, I’ve got to focus on my health. Although it wasn’t the cause of me getting ill, going out partying every night for several nights in a row, and turning up at my house at 9am the next morning (for several mornings!) after doing a walk of shame down my road, isn’t exactly good on your body. I don’t regret it, because I had such a flipping good time and I love going out with my friends, but I think I’m going to take up my housemates offer of jogging and biking over the next few months.

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Death: A Self-Portrait, exhibition at the Wellcome Collection

I LOVE the macabre, and so I was thrilled to come across this fantastic exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London- a venue which explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The exhibition runs from Thursday the 15th of November 2012 to Sunday the 24th February 2013 so people need to get their skates on to see it before it finishes!

Untitled (skulls with fingers and eyelash), Ray Johnson (1985-1995) collage on illustration board

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Keep dreaming- the beautiful work of Catrin Welz-Stein

On my quest for searching for the whimsical, I came across the fantastic work of Catrin Welz-Stein.

As a child Catrin loved to draw and be creative. She says of her childhood “I was almost born with a pencil in my hand…I knew I wanted to do something related to the arts.” After graduating from a Graphic Design course in Darmstadt, Germany, she then worked for different advertising agencies in Germany, the USA and Switzerland.

She stopped working in agencies after becoming a mother, and after a short time of being self employed, decided to stop working until her children grew older. Because of her children (4 and 6 years old) she felt she could revisit her own childhood again and enjoy the world of fantasy and fairy tales.

For her inspiration Catrin says “I like to look at children’s books and let them inspire me. Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak is a favourite.” Through these books, she rediscovered her love for fantasy and rediscovered her love for illustration once again.

Chasing the Moon

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Raqib Shaw Exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery

From the 15th of February to the 26th of May, Manchester Art Gallery is showing twenty-eight works, including An Ode to the Dissolving Silk of Dusk, by Indian artist Raqib Shaw. Shaw’s richly colourful and elaborate works are inspired by Hindu mythology and Japanese textiles. Filling the gallery space with their dancing imagery and powerful hues, these works hang alongside George Stubbs’ Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians in the 18th century gallery (which influenced Shaw).

Raqib Shaw, An Ode to the Dissolving Silk of Dusk, (2011).

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