Tuesday, 26 August 2014

London as you DON'T know it...

I have lived in London for more than a decade and I think that I know the city fairly well. Not every corner, of course, it is a little too big for that, but in general I still consider it my second home. This Summer I had an opportunity to see it from a different point of view. Taking art loving teenagers with us, I had to reconsider our usual points of interest and I loved the new experiences.

First we embarked on a fantastic "Street Art Tour" of East London (Shoreditch). Although considered the "hip" area of London, I did not have much to do there whilst still living in the capital and I was amazed how much fun it can be. The guide - Dave - was very good and the tour informative and truly eye opening for me. You can check other reviews of this tour on Tripadvisor. The teenagers enjoyed it too!

Our next stop - the temporary installation ,"The Cornershop" by Lucy Sparow. This fluffy shopping experience was definitely worth a small detour. Even our teenagers had to marvel about the huge assortment of goods - all made of FELT!

The Design Museum was next on our list. Being omitted by many tourists, this place puts on very good shows and we really enjoyed the inspirational "Design of the year"exhibition.

Unexpectedly, the V&A - the shrine of Arts & Craft - had an exhibition about Activism and Art called Disobedient Object. Our teenagers were rather smitten by it and who wouldn't be! Seeing an authentic activist's "handbook" from the recent conflicts was rather sobering experience.

And then of course, few classics: The Shakespeare's Globe is a must even if the 13 & 16 years old do not make much of the old fashioned English. Just being in this remarkable space was a memorable experience! And then the Tate! My place of work for more than 8 years!!! I still feel that I do somehow belong there and I do love meeting old friends and colleagues on my visits. We also did the obligatory Camden Market and our all time favourite Borough Market.

By a pure coincidence, we were staying in the area of the Tower Bridge. Area, which I always explored only as a tourist and never had an opportunity to enjoy it in late evenings or early mornings. I must say that it was enchanting and is to be recommended (if you do not mind longer track to the the tube).

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Fancy a treasure hunt in Europe? Look for Luck!

When was the last time you felt lucky? Do you have personal talisman? Do you believe in it or do you have it "just in case"? Do you touch sculptures for good luck or to make a wish?
All these question and more are discussed on this fun blog. In addition, it offers a comprehensive guide of "Lucky Places" in Europe, so you can actually find out if your next travel destination has any public luck-bringing sculptures.

But the best thing about this blog is, that it also offers the opportunity to take part in the Look for Luck "treasure hunt". The artist distributes "luck bringers" in the form of little soaps in galleries, museums and other public places in Europe and offers hints in the form of location and time, so the luck hunters have a chance to find them. The aim is to create a "lucky community" - how appropriate in our hectic and stressful times.

You can search for the lucky soaps, wash your hands and "transfer" a little bit of luck on you. So much the theory... ;-)

The next location is London! Visit the The Luck Blog to find out more!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Postcard from my Workshop - Summer Fans

Yesterday we hosted another Craft Party at the Hands Gallery in Munich. It was a great opportunity to meet new people, chat and craft together. We made fans of my dolls. It was an easy and fun activity and everyone had a good time. Here is the postcard: