Summer layers and installation art

03 October 2010

This outfit was left from the slightly warmer days that meant tights could stay in my ever-increasingly messy tights drawer and Uniqlo Heat techs were bit a distant memory from early in the year. Those days seem like so long ago now as I am now piling on the layers, trying to fight off the chill that will inevitably ensue. So while I attempt to see how long I can refrain from wearing my Winter coat, here's a look back to my Summer layering...
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Shrug and Drapey vest (Hong Kong- probably from Island Beverley, Causeway Bay) Dress (Christopher Kane for TopShop) Skirt (Topshop) Belt (New Look) Shoes (Oasis)
Here are a few extra shots that I couldn't fit into the last post. When Kristabel visited Birmingham briefly for the day, we ventured over to the Custard Factory (the original home of Bird's Custard) and we explored the newly refurbished building that is slowly being filled with lots of creative types (there are plenty of artists studios here). I'm excited for the place to become filled with independent, creative shops but for the time being, there are some nice details to see and evidently, take photos of!
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One of the first things you see upon entering the 4 storey Atrium is a floating scultpure , 'The Deluge' by Toin Adams. If you've visited before, she was the same artist who created 'The Green Man' sculpture which stands proudly at the entrance of the factory. 'The Deluge' is a little creepy and perhaps a little foreboding but it's impressive against the stark white walls and height of the Atrium.
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Toin Adams, 'The Deluge', Foam, Aluminum and paint, 2009.
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Another sculpture that makes an impact is 'Chaos' and it was the subject of a little fun editing on my part.
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Philip Watts Design, 'Chaos', Steel tubing and glass, 2010
Despite being made from white steel tubing, the sculpture takes on an organic life form and seems to grow out of the floor of the central courtyard. The steel tubing rises up from the floor and reaches right up to the 5th storey where a innovative little glass bridge is just about visible. It's definitely my favourite feature of the custard factory so far.

It's the early hours of Sunday morning which for me, means our family tradition of yum cha (dim sum) and lovely lazy afternoons! What will you guys be up to?

52 comments:

  1. Those sculptures are SO cool. It looks stunning from the photographs, I can't imagine how awesome they'd be in real life. I'm glad you found a title for your blog post, haha!

    And your outfit is SO cute. I love the layers and the colors. That shrug is so cute. And so is that belt. Actually, you're just cute in general, so it doesn't even matter what you're wearing!

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  2. Ahhh love Causeway Bay and going to yum cha!! When you mentioned custard factory, I literally thought you were talking about a factory where they made custard! So I thought it was a bit weird that they'd have this amazing artwork haha. But then I clicked the link and it makes a lot more sense haha

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  3. Your outfit makes me wish for so many things...another visit to Hong Kong, the hot days of summer, the Christopher Kane for Topshop collection. *sigh*

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  4. Wow. The first one is so amazing <3

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  5. really dig the layers! the colors are great :)

    ape-z.blogspot.com

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  6. Sweet outfit - I'm sure you'll have reason to love winter dressing! Layers right? haha.

    LOVE the pics inside the Custard Factory, it's just beautiful! x

    http://pagesixxx.blogspot.com

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  7. I've been putting off wearing my coat as well, so I'm layering as well.

    Love the outfit. The skirt is gorgeous.

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  8. oohh summer dressing is but a distant memory now! love the arty shots :-)

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  9. Really cute outfit as usual! Sorry to hear that it's been so chilly in the UK lately :(

    I'm having a lovely Sunday! It's one of those days where my to-do list is really bare and I love it. On Sundays my family normally gets together for lunch and we have one of my favorite foods - kadi khichri (yellow rice with a sort of plain curry) - and sit and gossip and laugh! And for the rest of the day I'll be relaxing and catching up on Mad Men :) Hope you have an absolutely fantastic Sunday!

    Leia

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  10. Hey Winnie , adorable outfit ! I love the colors :D

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  11. Ooh the custard factory looks like a great place! Sounds similar to the bluecoat in Liverpool. I have already caved in and am wearing my winter coat already haha.

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  12. That factory is amazing! it reminds me at a museum I went to last year in Dusseldörf

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  13. Ooh yepp, I love Indian Summer! Great outfit, darling Winnie!

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  14. I have a few sweaters like your green one in the pic..and they are really caring me over from spring to fall. I have them in gray, blue and melon.

    Here, big family breakfast since thats the only real breakfast we have for the week. Other days..oatmeal if I'm lucky. & them some time to yourself.

    Beautiful sculpture.

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  15. The deluge is simply stunning! Quite creepy though. I get a little nervous when the art is suspended overhead!

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  16. that belt is so stunning!

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  17. Great photos and thanks for reminding me about heat wear!!

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  18. love the outfit :) really cute

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  19. Hi there-wow, really fabulous photos! Hope you've had a good weekend too! x

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  20. Love the layering brig colours going on there!!

    You are string, I heard it's quite cold in brum right now!

    The art installment looks intriguing! If you come to japan I recommend a sculpture gallery/museum in hakone!

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  21. My words does seem to make sense, apologies for that... Stupid iPad predictive text -.-

    I meant bright instead of brig

    And strong instead of string lol

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  22. Cute outfit - time for tights now though! Those sculpture pics are incredible. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  23. Wow that's amazing I'll have to visit the custard factory if I ever go to Birmingham, once Forever21 opens there I'll definitely be booking my train ticket! xoxo

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  24. i've just discovered the beauty of the uniqlo heat tech.. xx

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  25. wow I love the layering, a girl has got to keep warm. The photos are great I love the art work, they are so unique and beautiful I wish I could go see this. I love that name the custard factory *sorry I know I am weird. Did you go to the Eyeko event, I wish I had been invited :( still I hope you had fun if you went xxxxxx

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  26. I love the colors in your outfit. The pictures are awesome.

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  27. the weather is definitely throwing a curveball... it keeps calling me out. bare legs and it's freezing, light coat and it's boliing... am struggling to figure it out. layering is definitely the key though. absolutely love the sculptures. the one of the men that look like they are falling is incredible. xx

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  28. Wowwww I want to go to the custard factory! How cool that they have done this to it. If I ever end up in Birmingham I know where I'm going! :) x

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  29. your outfit is adorable! i love the color combination

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  30. I had three layers on today in my stuborn refusal to wear a coat so I know how you feel.

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  31. Thanks for the comment! You need to see The Craft I'm sure it's cheap enough on amazon. :) I've sorted the picture out now it was just a poster of the film.

    I am also trying to avoid the winter coat haha

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  32. Booo you've made me miss Summer now! It came and went so quickly... I never thought the last time I wore bare legs would be the LAST time! Maybe we'll have a freakishly warm November. I can dream!
    That tube sculpture is amazing!
    x

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  33. You have some wonderful pictures here. I adore your outfit as always. I think your style is so perfect. I especially like your skirt and shoes and the cardigan is a nice touch of colour.

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  34. I've too have been attempting to fight off the lure of tights with extra layers but I think it might be too late for me - I'm freezing!

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  35. The vest is awesome ! and the art is mega cool !

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  36. I love 'The Deluge' - something I think I would love to see in real life!

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  37. i lveo the cardigan and nice photos ^^ i wish i could visit a custard factory and tehe thanks i hope i have a good time at german too :3

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  38. I love those sculptures!

    Love Grace.

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  39. ahh... the smell of summer (we can smell it here in NZ). you look amazing as always :)

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  40. I haven't been to the Custard Factory in months! I love it when Vintage Fair is on... picked up a couple of lovely things from there. I shall have to revisit to see these installations though, that 'Deluge' one is indeed very creepy! jazzy ♥

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  41. Layering is so important in England and the weather is so unpredictable! I mean how can flood warnings and a 18c happen within 2 days?
    I'm thinking I might layer up with Bikinis at the bottoms and jumpers at the top ;)
    xxx

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  42. Oooh love the green and purple combo! xo, mel

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  43. love the colour tone of your outfit and that installation art is interesting!

    xoxo

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  44. I like the colours in your outfit. Nice belt! Great photos of the sculptures.

    Cindy @ kailique.com

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  45. aloha! I gave an award to your blog! Welcome to check it out on 5amjetaime.com/blog!!! looking forward to your new posts! xoxo, gabrielle

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  46. thanks for the comment Winnie, yeah he is bloody amazing!!!

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  47. summer layering is difficult to do especially when you live in a humid area. you just feel like stripping down to your undies haha! but i really love your outfit! i need to find me a nice short cut cardigan like the one you have :3

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  48. those falling people are insane! it must have been crazy to look up at them!

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  49. Hi Winnie, great photos of my sculpture thanks for blogging them. Could I use them on my website? They're great.

    Best Toin Adams

    studio@steelsculpt.com
    http://www.steelsculpt.com

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