Since I was a little girl I've been making dens....and don't think I'll ever stop..........

Wednesday 29 December 2010

Penny Sinclair Taylor

Lovely whimsical illustrations by Penny Sinclair Taylor. You can see more of Penny's work here at the Tree House Shop.

Thursday 23 December 2010

Anne Hardy - Saatchi Gallery

NEW DIRECTIONS IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Charlotte Cotton, Anne Hardy, Clarisse D'Arcimoles and David Campany in conversation 7.30 - 9pm, Monday 17 January 2011
Saatchi Gallery Duke of York's HQ King's Road London SW3 4SQ

Friday 17 December 2010

Sandra Dieckmann

I love this imaginative Sandra Dieckmann's illustration. You can find out more about Sandra
here and on her website

Monday 6 December 2010

The Calligrapher - The Quay Brothers

CSN Review

Good news for me. Csn the great online company who do all kinds of amazing things ranging from bedroom furniture to my favourite cookware and lighting have asked me to do another review. I know exactly what I'll be ordering....a set of Emile Henry Urban Ceradon desert plate in poivre......aren't they just gorgeous.....I can't wait.

Thursday 4 November 2010

James Barnor: Ever Young and W.E.B Du Bois: The Paris Albums - Rivington Place

Image captions: Image 1 - Miss Sarah Quansah, Ever Young Studio, Accra, c. 1954. James Barnor/ Autograph ABP.Image 2 - W.E.B. Du Bois, Types of American Negroes, Georgia, USA, 1900 (detail). Courtesy of the Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

James Barnor: Ever Young and W.E.B. Du Bois: The Paris Albums 1900, currently on display at Rivington Place.

Tuesday 2 November 2010

Monday 1 November 2010

Lindsey Carr

  1. There's something whimsically folksy about Lindsey Carr's Artwork and toys that look like something out of a Victorian Circus. Why not check out her website here you can even download a pdf of a cut-out paper cowboy....I have and I did........

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Milagos Papel Streames

I found these beautiful Mexican wedding decorations at artist Hazel Terry's blog The Art Room Plant. You can find them at Mexican Gallery shop Milagros Next to the Columbia Road Flower Market in London or online here.

Tuesday 26 October 2010

Cogwheel Dogs at the O3 Gallery

This Thursday sees the launch of the O3 Gallery's new events programme:'Alternative Thursdays' - A series of gallery gigs, artists talks, art-jewellery celebrations and spoken word readings that will take place from 6pm-8pm, every Thursday that the gallery has an exhibition open (4 weeks out of every 5). We kick-start the programme with a gallery gig featuring local band the Cogwheel Dogs.

COGWHEEL DOGS is a guitar / cello / vocals duo doing its utmost to sound nothing like a guitar / cello / vocals duo. Combining the energy of punk with an experimental attitude to sound and arrangement – but retaining a folk-like melodic backbone. Based in Oxford, Cogwheel Dogs have been playing together since some time in 2005. Songs are recorded in a small attic, amidst a mess of wires, canvases, coat-hangers and cobwebs.

Please note there will a small admission charge on the door.

I'm so pleased that 03 are launching this program sounds interesting....

James Barnor at Rivington Place

image: Eva,London 1960 James Barnor/Autograph ABP

Guest Exhibition Tour:

Nana Oforitatta-Ayim

leads a tour of the

James Barnor exhibition

Thursday 28th October,

Rivington Place, London

Nana Oforiatta Ayim isa writer, cultural

historian and film maker. Her work has appeared in publications such as The National Geographic, The Statesman, The Dubliner and Time Out. She has given lectures and talks at a number of universities such as Cambridge, Kumasi, London and Oxford. She has been the curator of exhibitions and events for the British Council, the British Museum, e Liverpool Biennial, Royal Festival Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her films have been nominated for prizes at a number of festivals, including the Festival of African Film in Milan, screened at the Museum of African Diaspora, among other places, and also used in academic study programmes. Her first work of fiction, The Tightrope Walker, was launched at the Hay Literature Festival in May 2010 and she is presently writer-in-residence at Triangle France in Marseille. She is the director and co-founder of ANO, a cultural think tank that investigates modernity in Africa and its diaspora.

Saturday 23 October 2010

I just heard about's on today in Oxford and sounds fascinating it might be worth checking out:

The Lighthouse'
Saturday 23rd October, 9pm until late at The Old Book Binders, Green Street.
Artist in residence, Joseph Fairweather-Hole, launches an interactive installation with musical accompaniment from PDRR.

Wednesday 20 October 2010

Cushion Concert at the Ashmolean

What a great idea a Cushion take along your cushion or fold up stool and listen to a concert and a Pre-Raphaelite exhibition all in one go........

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Adam Fuss

Adam Fuss is one of the artists taking part in the Shadow Catcher Exhibition at the V & A Museum which runs until 20th of February next year. With my obsession with lamps and shadows this is one I mustn't miss.

Sunday 10 October 2010

Lee Miller and Roland Penrose

As you may well know I'm obsessed with the photography of Lee Miller and was really pleased to see some of her work at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester over the summer. Especially as I don't think that I'll be able to get to any of the upcoming exhibitions of her work.

So I was ecstatic to read that tours of Lee Miller's home Farley Farm House, are available from April until October each year. For further information you can contact Kate on 01825 872856 email: or visit

Miller was married to the Surrealist painter, poet and collector of Modern Art, Roland Penrose. A collection of his work is housed in the gallery alongside that of Miller, so it will be a fantastic opportunity to explore the lives of two important members of the Surrealist movement at once.

I'll definitely be visiting and report back.

The following dates may be of interest:

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography'

The Museum of Modern Art. 11 West 53 Street, N. Y. 11th May 2010 to 21st March 2011


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 13th October to 17th April 2011

‘The Legendary Lee Miller’

Photon Gallery Jackopic Gallery, Ljubljana 15th November to January 2011

'Another World: Dali, Magritte, MirĂ³ and the Surrealists'

The Dean Gallery, Edinburgh. 10th July 2010 to 9th January 2011.

'Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture'

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC 22nd Oct to 6th Feb 2011

© Lee Miller Archives, England 2010. All rights


Yippee it's time to announce the winner of the CSN voucher giveaway.......

As you can see I used a very scientific and technical selection process....and the winner is..... drum roll.......
Congratulations Tim....your voucher is on it's way as I type.......I hope you have fun shopping....

Thanks to everyone else who took part hope you're lucky next time.......

Saturday 2 October 2010


How lucky are we.....
CSN the online store who sell all kinds of cool things from lighting and cookware to bookcases or a chest of drawers are partnering me again for a give away. This time it's a £25 voucher to a reader in the UK, USA or Canada to buy, or put towards something from any of their UK sites.

They have an enormous range of products to suit all tastes from modern Italian furniture like this Calligaris Dresser priced at £1,118..... amazing lighting and cookware like these fun DRH Camembert dishes that you could get with the voucher.....and even have change towards something else....

or put it towards these Emile Henry Urban Ceradon Dinner plates......which match my black tagine and I think would look amazing juxtaposed next to my new kitsch find of vintage Chinese gold-based dishes and bowls...... ooh just imagine the festive looking Christmas dinner table that would be.......

......I know what I'd chose.....

If you'd like the chance to win the £25 voucher just leave a comment below. All you need to do is say hello or email me at and I'll randomly select the winner next Sunday....

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Thursday 30 September 2010

It's time for the third Liverpool Artist's Book Fair this Saturday 2nd of October at A Foundation. This year it's taking place during the Liverpool Biennial.

Those taking part include: Alan Williams, Carol Ramsey, Delitia, Doodlezine, Drawing Paper, Julie DOdd, Kate Bufton, Linny Venables, LJMU Grahic Arts, My Dance the Skull, No Compromise Publishing, Objects of Dreams, Pitville Press, Permanent Gallery Bookshop, Sam Venables, Simon Goode, Unrealised Projects by Sam & Lynn Harris

For more information you can contact Clare Warren at

Wednesday 29 September 2010

Doodlezine Issue 4

doodle by Emma Carlise

Issue 4 of Doodlezine produced by Abi Whitehouse and Desdemona McCannon is on sale at Big Cartel you can get a copy over here.

Thursday 23 September 2010

Barbara Berrada

My new favourite blog is that of French artist, photographer and fashion designer Barbara Berrada who owns an amazing children's store called Les Zigous. You can have a sneak preview of her cool apartment in this Design Sponge ArticleLink I think I even spotted one of my favourite Camilla Engman prints on her wall. I could just spend hours looking at the amazing images on her blogs on and www.barbarberrada.blogspot.comLink Both really worth checking out.

Wednesday 22 September 2010

Wednesday 15 September 2010

Spot Light at Oxford Town Hall

There's a call by OVADA for artists working in new media to produce and show new work that responds to the physical space or history of the Town Hall. Because it's a site specific project the organisers have arranged tours for the artists to view the spaces, before submitting a proposal.

I went yesterday afternoon. It's an amazing building. We viewed ten sites altogether, some massive and opulent others massive but sombre. Like the hall where court scenes for the Lewis (Inspector Morse spin-off) series are filmed, another full of Japanese school children looked like a scene from Harry Potter. Some wooden panelled rooms contained lovely old stone fireplaces and little interesting nooks and crannies. We climbed down to the old cells in the basement to be greeted by a dank metallic smell as we approached the small dark tiled rooms. They were very atmospheric.

It was a great afternoon and chance to catch up with some friends, take lots of photo's and conjure up ideas for potential projects for the spaces. Exciting prospect.....