Thursday, August 06, 2009

Polkadotty

I think it's about time I wrote about my weekend visiting my friend Rachael in London. I haven't been down to see her since March so it was awesome spending the weekend with her and just chilling out. We spent most of the weekend somewhere along the southbank where we visited the tate, the Haywood as well as various other galleries in the city.

We went to the V&A again as she has never been before. Rachael loves Tracey Emin and we spotted this amazing holdall that is one of a limited 2o0 for Longchamp!
To walk all around the V&A, it would take probably take a whole week! I always make a point to visit a certain section and this time, I made sure I took Rachael to the Cast Courts part of the museum. They house some amazing plaster casts of various monuments, frieze work and tombs. Some are hugeee as these photos show! The feelings of amazement and awe never quite go away from the very first time I visited the museum years and years ago. These are casts of Trajan's Collumn, Rome which shows a narrative story and commemorates Trajan's reign and originally erected in Ad 113. I remember briefly studying these when I took a Roman art and architecture course at Uni....quite magnificent even if it is just a cast!
Look how big it is compared to that little person! I couldn't even fit all of it in a picture.On Sunday we also visited a gorgeous little gallery called Project Space 176 on Prince of Wales Road, Camden. My friend is so lucky to have this gallery practically on her doorstep! I found out that it was originally a Methodist chapel and it was sympathetically renovated when it became a gallery. I was amazed at the original fittings and it's new uses as a gallery, a video installation was in place of where the altar would have been! I've never been to a gallery quite like it as they did not choose to white wash the walls and in fact, some rooms still had strips of wallpaper! It's an awesome gallery to visit as it is such a wonderful and unique space. Definitely a gallery I want to revisit the next time I go down to see Rachael. As you can see it is an amazing building...
We also went to the Haywood Gallery and the exhibition, Walking in my mind was on. The exhibition explores the inner workings of the artists mind through collage, large scale installation and other mixed media. It was a great exhibition. Yoshitomo Nara with his moody cartoons exhibited as well Thomas Hirschhorn who made a cave out of masking tape which you were allowed to explore! I only have photos of Yayoi Kusama installations as they were outside and only then could I sneak a few photos in!Yes that would be a rather phallic, spotty shaped sculpture. There was another one which was even larger than this one!
Kusama also had an installation outside the Haywood. The red looks so good next to the green of the trees. So fun!I took this after I had a very filling Wagamamas (Yasai Katsu Curry- my fave) and admired the pretty fairy lights in the trees which were along the south bank. It was definitely a weekend filled with culture and one where I was glad to have been able save the pennies and stay away from shops. Even though I am always so tempted to buy loads of postcards when I visit art gallery shops, the one at the V&A is my favourite gift shop!
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41 comments

  1. Wow, those trees are so cool!

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  2. Yeah, I went mad at the V&A gift shop last time! I left that place totally broke but very happy. And I love that Emin bag.

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  3. Sounds like you had agreat time. Those cats are massive!

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  4. Omg you're super cute! I love your outfit :]

    Your cupcake banner is adorable!

    -xtina
    www.thisisxtina.blogspot.com

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  5. that longchamp is AMAZING. i want it!
    bahaha those sculptures made my day.

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  6. The polka dots are adorable and wagamamas is so good!

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  7. Woah! i love those trees! These pictures are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. looks like you had so much fun! Love the plaid skirt!

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  9. you visited some interesting places!!!

    so what exactly is the V&A?

    x

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  10. wow..some great stuff. Love the statue and the trees. It must have been cool there at night.

    You have on an adorable outfit too.

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  11. those trees are amazing!!xD
    such a nice blog..!

    xx

    codyjune.blogspot.com

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  12. Ah I love the south bank, poss my fave part of London. Maybe. The wrapped trees installation is a funny one, wasn't sure if I liked it when I saw it. Thought it was funny though that there was a sign saying 'this is art, please respect it and not graffiti on the trees' but people had just filled each white bubble with randomness. Which I actually think is better than the original idea. interactive art is better than passive art.

    I miss London =/

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  13. The polka-dot-wrapped trees make me happy inside.

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  14. Hi there-what a totally awesome visit, you certainly visit London in the right ways and make the most of seeing all these treasures!! Have a great weekend!

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  15. Beautiful architecture. Those trees are amazing, and you look great.

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  16. i like that skirt! those spotted trees are so alice in wonderland! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  17. That Emin bag is totally fantastic. I bet it looks even better in real!

    And you look adorable!

    I hope you'll be able to go visiting your family next year! I'd love to visit Hong Kong, it always looked extremely fascinating to me.

    C.Elizabeth

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  18. oh i wanna visit.... : ) have a great weekend.

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  19. I so love that bag. Great post. Sounds like you had a great time.

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  20. Oh, some adorable stuff in this post. Love the bag. I love your outfit.

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  21. The print on the sculpture goes so well with your style. Love the green gingham skirt.

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  22. i love them spots..and i miss waga!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  23. The first picture is so beautiful.,

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  24. so cool! i love the red/white trees!

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  25. looks like you had a lovely time. That sculpture is so damn cool ^_^

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  26. Haha, I love the sculpture and the trees. Cute skirt!

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  27. I love what they did with those trees. So fun!

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  28. Thanks so much for the note. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Its so hot and muggy here, you just want to stay inside. I'm thinking ice cream cake is the way to go if you want to make anything this weekend.

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  29. So cool. The places you go and the things you take pictures of. Love it! & your style too.

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  30. I LOVE the V&A. I always get so much inspiration there!

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  31. Haha those trees look so cool! Looks like fun :)

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  32. Looks like fun, I love those lights on those trees!

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  33. Oh, those were some great shots of your trip. And you are as adorable as ever!

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  34. thanks for telling me about the v&a! i will be in london next year so i will have to visit it.

    is ur banner a bit different???

    x

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  35. I love the polkadot trees - soo cute.

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  36. awesome! looked like ur from a diff world! :)

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  37. i love the v&a gift shop too, so many lovely things. i haven't been to the v&a in ages, i really must go on my next london visit. it's nice to be able to do other things than shopping sometimes, i'm all for culture too

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  38. I miss london so much.

    When I first saw the spotty sculpture at the Hayward I thought it looked just like my 'Wish Come True (Zozo Dimension X)' art toy.

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  39. So cool! Love the trees! The polka dotted sculptures are so funny! Those tombs are amazing!! A cave made out of masking tape!! Crazy cool! :)

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