Lambay, sometimes also called Lambay Island, is a private island lying off Dublin Bay and owned by the Baring family trust. It was purchased in 1904 by the Hon Cecil Baring, who later became Lord Revelstoke, for his new bride Maude whom he was madly in love with. The island came with a 16th century … Continue reading A Visit to Lambay
I have a huge obsession with early 20th century literature, especially authors like Evelyn Waugh, Somerset Maugham and Nancy Mitford. They describe an age of elegance, beautiful houses, artistic endeavours, privilege but also the advancement of social mobility and change. The books are bitter, funny and sharp. In real life, a group of people emerged … Continue reading The Influence of the Bright Young Things
So as we are now staying put in our home, I have been itching to get going on some revamping. And I have the perfect project to get my teeth into. Our hallway is quite large, and stretches up through 3 floors, with the staircase splitting off in two directions after the first flight of … Continue reading Hallway – New Decoration Project Is Underway
Once Upon a time... I used to help out at an Art Gallery where the positioning and hanging of the art was as important as the pictures themselves. I think that apart from basic hanging 'rules' about eye levels not being too high, hanging pictures is a very personal thing. However some people get very … Continue reading Creating a Gallery Wall
ROLL OVER BANKSY... AND APOLOGIES TO DAVE... I have been preparing for a gallery wall, and wanted to make some of my own artwork for it as well as using existing pieces. I had started to hunt around for original prints, and found some images I really liked, but the artists' works are REALLY expensive, … Continue reading How to make your own Street Art
This week I was near London with the eldest child whilst she was performing as part of the Hatfield Chamber Music Festival. We had an hour free afterwards, and although this was not much time at all, it seemed madness not to go into the house and have a peep. Hatfield House is the home … Continue reading Hatfield House – the best ceilings in the world ever…
In-between the ongoing house renovation, I nipped up to London for a week to run an Arts Week for the KS1 classes in a school. The children were aged 4-7, and I had 270 of them over a week to create 3 large pieces that could be kept on permanent exhibition in the school. This … Continue reading Children’s Art Week
Plaster Dipping and Plaster Sculptures Over the past two weekends I have been teaching some classes for The Workshop Cabin in Bath in the wonders of plaster, (cue large amounts of hand cream as it is pretty brutal on the poor mitts). The Workshop Cabin put on really cool workshops, ranging from painting to photography … Continue reading Plaster Workshops
This is a bit of shameless reblog, but it is so cool I had to share.... I am not even sure if I can get this paper in the UK but I will endeavour. The post comes from the fantastic Apartment Therapy and the lovely photos are by Ashley Poskin. Homemade Holiday Gift Idea: Make … Continue reading Wonderful Tattoos that come off!
Visit to Dismaland After a nail biting queue online, I managed to procure tickets to visit the Art sensation that is Dismaland, put on by Banksy in Weston-Super-Mare. This exhibition was not only his own work, but he curated many other global contemporary artists for the show. I love Banksy; he is irreverant, political and … Continue reading YES! I got to go to Dismaland!