Looking forward – In Bloom

This summer the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted will be filled flowers. Their summer show ‘In Bloom’, is a floral festival with artists contributing a whole host of works. The Gallery says the show will be ‘a joyous celebration of summer with flowers in all their glory and created in all sorts of ways – paint,…

Anke de Bruijn

During my trip to the Lot, Annie asked if I would shoot a few portraits of her friend Anke de Bruijn. I hadn’t met Anke on my previous visits but I had heard all about her. A talented choirmaster, Anke currently runs two choirs based in the area. Ensemble Vocal Gaia is an international vocal group of…

Musée Soulages

I think it is rare to be so surprised by a regional gallery or museum, yet that is exactly what has happened to me on my visit to my friends Penny and Annie, who live in Southwest France. I knew the work of Pierre Soulages from a catalogue Ross has of his work, but to…

Looking forward – Transient

transient | ˈtranzɪənt | adjective lasting only for a short time; impermanent. • staying or working in a place for a short time only: the transient nature of the migrant labour. Opening on the 30th of May, PRISM, the international exhibiting group, will be returning to the Hoxton Arches with their new exhibition ‘Transient’. Each artist has…

WIP The Hermitage

A weekend celebration for my Dad’s 80th birthday at the Dunkeld House Hotel in Perthshire gave me the perfect opportunity to continue my ongoing project trying to capture the atmosphere of the forest. My tree fascination (am I a hugger?) was fed with a walk on both sides of the river Tay, north of the…

Fashioned From Nature

Fashioned from Nature, the V&A’s new show is a comprehensive look at the influence nature has had on fashion and the impact that fashion in turn has on the environment. Awareness of the detrimental effects modern life is having on the planet has increased significantly over the past few decades and this exhibition doesn’t shy…

Viewpoints – A series of artistic conversations

On Wednesday, Ross and I ventured down to the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road to see our friend, Consuela Simpson who has work in the new show ‘Viewpoints’. A curated collection of photographs & artworks by six photographers and six artists, the show is the latest from the Rooftop Collective and pairs members with…

Eco-dyeing Taster

Better late than never, here are some photos from the eco-dyeing taster workshop, held at the Contmporary Textile Fair, the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington. Using a very generous bundle of eucalyptus (from Saffron Flowers, Columbia Road Flower Market), donated onion skins from Tamar Balakjian and some past their sell-by date ‘Mother’s Day’ roses, we set…

Portrait Artist of the Year

In the Art Space at Cass Art‘s flagship store in Islington, you can find a great little exhibition that celebrates the work of the artists who competed in 2018’s Sky Arts Portrait Arist of the Year. It shows work of the heat-winners in the series, and includes artworks features in the programme, as well as…

A Great Weekend

Well that was a very hectic week! After months of preparation, we headed down to the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington on Thursday morning with our friend, Wolfgang Woerner, an honorary member of moderneccentrics for the weekend. With 117m of rusted and naturally dyed recycled hotel sheets, we were all ready to set up ‘Journey’,…

Looking Forward: Contemporary Textiles Fair

It’s all stations go here, as we prepare for the Contemporary Textiles Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington this weekend. Ross has been preparing for his second site specific open-air installation (the first being ‘Nest‘ at the South London Botanical Institute last year), and for the past few months, he has been natural-dyeing and…

Andreas Gursky at the Hayward

Since the birth of photography, there has been a common misconception that the camera never lies. In this current climate of fake news and retouched multi-limbed Vanity Fair cover stars, the question of what is real and whether we can believe what we see has never been more pertinent. Andreas Gursky has manipulated his images…