I do love a good bag and these two designers seen at MADE London certainly know about making them. Although very different, each produces a “classic” style. I didn’t choose deliberately but both makers below are based in London.
Frank Horn is the name of the brand, not the person, though Francis is his middle name. He produces small runs of clean structured bags in practical sizes and a great range of plain colours – yellow is apparently a current favourite.
These covetable market/storage bags below by Maiko Dawson are some of her sturdiest ones though she has a large range of leathers and colours to choose from in other stylesfrom this acid lemon tote with pocket stitch detail
to the kid leather softness of these pocket bags and spectacle holders. Oh, and she also makes shoes.
My participation in the second Roy’s People Art Fair, which took place at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower in London, is the last (for a few weeks at least) of a blur of constant creative and commercial activity this year.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor” published 1910
Robert Robinson is popular on the art fair circuit exhibiting his books and cut-outs, with subjects including superheros and Alice in Wonderland. He was my neighbour at the recent The Other Art Fair but we never had the chance to talk as were so busy. In complete contrast, Lucy Stevens combines sound and imagery in ongoing explorations into, as her website says, “the acoustic ecology of the natural environment”, specifically birdsong.
I didn’t have the chance to listen to her recordings but found the imagery intriguing so please visit her website to learn more.
I’m now looking forward to slowing down a little for a while.
There is always more to see than anticipated when visiting the Barbican and this was exactly the case whilst on my way from Yto Barrada’s Agadir in The Curve to Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins in the gallery.
I came across this small installation tucked into a corner called Breathe: A Green Lung, devised by Cityscapes with Heywood & Condie in which a stained glass greenhouse is enclosed within two green walls.
Increasing greenery within an urban environment is preaching to the choir here; what really appealed to me creatively was the stained glass greenhouse with its amended imagery. To see more of their stained glass work click on this link.
It’s pretty obvious that I’m a rabid fan of The Other Art Fair, both as exhibitor and visitor with the recent event no different.
I love the exciting environment as well as the supportive community of artists and that you can see and buy fabulous art directly from the creators themselves. I really enjoy getting to know the artists and having that personal connection with the maker of whatever it is I admire or have bought. Anyway, I’ll stop eulogising and show you some photos of work I fell in love with this time.
Just round the corner from my stand was South Korean artist Cheolyu Kim who brought everything over in one suitcase. His fantastical and unsettling compositions are rooted in his childhood close to the border with North Korea.
Hildegard Pax ‘s dichroic glass sculptures are fresh and delicate yet powerful, influencing the space around them, even this small piece with paper.
More to follow in my next post.
I haven’t been out and about as much as usual as have been busy with tight deadlines so, as there’s now just a week to go till The Other Art Fair I’ve been exclusively focussed on the studio developing new work to exhibit. Here are a few snaps of a couple of pieces that’ll be on my stand (No. 48).
Energy (dark ground) 100 x 80cm
This canvas, tentatively named Energy (dark ground), is one of a pair finished only a few days ago during the very cold spell when the pipes in my studio froze. I’m a bit obsessed with a dark ground at the moment – it has something to do with an intensity of mood. I had planned to paint a series of three ( I have a thing for triptychs) but then received my stand layout (No. 48) which doesn’t allow for 3 large pieces in a row. Never mind, they work as single paintings too.
I work ideas out through drawing and studies: this one developed from the small piece below, itself one of a series.
Dark Study (1) 18 x 13cm
One of my nightmares is naming work so please send me any suggestions – they are always welcome and I look forward to meeting you at the show.
If you get off the Docklands Light Railway at Gallions Reach, one stop before the end of the line to Beckton, a short walk will bring you to a new development called Royal Albert Dock, right on the river Thames and opposite London City Airport.
Bow Arts has worked with the developers to help create a soul and community to this location with RAW Labs, a purpose-built affordable studio complex with a gallery and cafe around one of the pools. It’s a wonderful place for artists to work with big skies and the light from the water. And, luxury of luxuries, the studios are heated! I’d be there in a shot if it weren’t so far away from where I live.
Sara Heywood, the recent artist in residence, was influenced by the waterside location and the proximity of London City Airport across the river. Bird life includes cormorants as well as the ubiquitous seagulls. The big birds, however, are the planes which fly directly overhead in to land. Her hide helps you identify both from its location facing the water with binoculars provided.
It’s cosy inside with views up to the flight path and there’s a handy identification chart too.I was outside when this one came over and no, I can’t tell you what type it was. there are little spyholes to see what else is going on around the hide.