Brummy Architecture

19 May 2009

My favourite art gallery in Birmingham is on Oozells Street. I think I love it more because of the fantastically named location. The Ikon gallery is a contemporary space which holds many temporary exhibitions. The building itself is lovely and is a converted Victorian School. Aside from fantastic exhibitions it also has a great little cafe which does awesome Tapas.I wore one of my skirts I made with some material I bought ages ago. This print is so bold and fun!Cardi (UO), Top (Topshop), Skirt (DIY), Belt (River Island) Necklace (Topshop) Shoes (Faith)I really adore this bag from Dune. Useful as both a clutch and as a little purse, it's amazingly beaded and so pretty.
I thought I would finish off with a couple of shots I took on the way to my visit to the Ikon gallery. The fantastic buildings were built in the 1800s and are Victorian. Below we have the detail from the Council House which features a relief on the pediment of Britannia.
The Birmingham Museums and Art gallery which is linked to the Council house.
A final shot of some of the buildings grouped together. The museum, town hall and a Neo-Gothic memorial fountain. Birmingham really is home to some great architecture. It wasn't until I studied Art History at Birmingham and had a brief course on local architecture, that I realised I should look up more often and really take notice of the fantastic surroundings.

39 comments:

  1. Lovely skirt and photos!

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  2. Hi there-I agree, this building is most beautiful, since visiting Paris, its really opened my eyes to the amazing architecture that is about in our wonderful cities! Loving your outfit, the skirt is a fabulous diy job!

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  3. I love this post! I was an art history major in college and loved every single class. Wish I could've studied in Birmingham too (Cath and I were in Edinburgh for 6 months).

    Love your gorgeous skirt!!!

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  4. I love your skirt and your little bag !

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  5. love the pictures. Only as I am about to leave my hometown am I realising how nice bits of it actually are! x

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  6. it's so good to look around at the areas we live in and see the beautiful sights, they're so easy to miss when just going about your daily business!

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  7. oh my you had me at art gallery with tapas. and that bag, i love it! so beautiful.

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  8. beautiful photos! i'm a huge fan of wonderful architectural buildings. and yes, Birmingham is an amazing structure. truly a work of art.

    and your purse/clutch is really really nice too! i love collecting anything unique bag just like that. :)

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  9. Lovely architecture...my those beaded workson the purse so pretty!
    ~XO*

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  10. What an excellent post. How cool. Love your skirt, too.

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  11. That print is such fun - and I adore your belt, too, lady. Your gorgeous architectural photos are making me ponder a visit to Birmingham ...

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  12. It is very beautiful indeed!!!

    I also love your shoes so much!!

    Kisses and hugs Winnie :)

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  13. that skirt is so pretty!

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  14. I love how you mixed the print on the skirt with the print on the bag. Not to mention that the ethnic design on the bag totally reminds me of something you could buy on the street in Panama. As for the buildings they are totally beautiful as well.

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  15. Birmingham does have some ace buildings. The Ikon is awesome, I haven't been in sooo long, I probably should go. I say that about a lot of things.

    It's funny, we often have so much culture and beautiful things on our front door and never go and see them.

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  16. wowowowow. Look at that little bag!

    I think I saw that golf-like building that you posted on here a well ago on Gok's Fashion Fix.
    There sure is a lot of variety in Birmingham.

    P.S. I'm blogging again. (: Yay.

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  17. That first building is so pretty. I wish we had more cool buildings around here, but everything is too recent. Lovely outfit! I like the skirt.

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  18. your bag is insanely cool!

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  19. I love the pattern on that skirt! Kudos to you for making it :)

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  20. You make me want to go site seeing..especially there. Hope you are having a great week.

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  21. That purse/clutch is amazing!

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  22. All those buildings are so pretty. I love the architecture of old buildings.
    Also, great bag.

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  23. Wonderful pictures... and I love your bag and the skirt :).

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  24. I just saw the interview with you at the Dujour blog. I was going "these pictures look familiar" and then it actually turned out to be you. That's super-cool! Those are the most delightful-looking cupcakes.

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  25. hi winn,

    what incredible architecture! so fantastic that you have all that within your reach:) and yes, i love the bold pattern of the skirt contrasting with the black! hmmm.. really should be more experimental with prints soon!

    much love
    eden

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  26. I remember when we went to the Ikon and it was bloody closed!

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  27. I am so jealous of your bag!!! It is so cute!

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  28. Your so lucky to have seen all those gorgeous buildings! I love your skirt the colours are very pretty.

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  29. really cute bag! :)

    www.jemappelleisabelle.blogg.se

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  30. Lovely architecture! Love your photography too! And your beaded purse is so cute! Oh; and the prints on your skirt are so awesomely retro!

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  31. Great architecturee! I love it when people DIY skirts they all look so cute =)

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  32. Wow what beautiful buildings :) And that little purse of yours is just so cute!

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  33. Your skirt is soo cute and I love the photos <3

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  34. What fabulous buildings! I love the bag too and the material of the skirt is so colourful and fun! :) x

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  35. beaded things are really swaying me at the moment, love the bag! also great photos of birmingham! i haven't walked around time in ageeees!

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