Archive | October 2011

the affordable art fair returns

Affordable art fair

We were lucky enough to be given some free tickets to the affordable art fair in Hampstead this year from a friend who had been compd after buying a particularly large and beautiful painting.

The art fair itself is an amazing concept – a giant tent has been errected in the middle of the heath and filled with all types of modern artworks. (It’s a real pity the site doesn’t have a pic of the tent because this giant structure is almost as impressive to my slightly geeky self as the art itself.)

We were pleased and a little surprised to see some of the artists we’ve bought works from in shops and markets here in the art fair. So I thought I’d share my top picks.

Laura Jordan

We came across Laura Jordan’s work in the Backyard Market. The boy and I bought each other a print each to celebrate our anniversary (being typical in our inability to agree on one to buy).

Laura’s work is now on the Time Out First Thursdays art nights, she’s working with the NSPCC and has been interviewed for numerous blogs. I love her destructive style; the tiny people in her drawings look cute at first glance but then when you look deeper you notice all sorts of gruesome details such as crashed buses, angry commuters, trash.

Laura Jordan art

Moose Allan

Moose Allan’s pen and ink drawings have a sense of fun and humour about them that I just can’t resist. His website the world of moose is beautiful too.

Moose Allan art: this is how I spread joy

Ceal Warnants

This is the first time I’ve seen Ceal’s work and I have to admit that, at first glance I took it to be a boring Enid Blyghton style illustration that smacked of my idyllic childhood upbringing. But take a look at the details of her works and you will see a sharp subversive edge, a usurping of the traditional British values that her work seems to show that I just love. My favourite work, Michael’s Mistake is a little too detailed to show here so I’ve picked the slightly more obvious Etiquette for Girls to show but make sure you check out Jealous Gallery for more of her work.

Jayoon Choi

Also represented by the Jealous Gallery is Jayoon Choi, an observational people watcher who’s queues of people and individual characters are so everyday that they immediately feel familiar and friendly. From the humourous ‘are they looking at what I’m seeing’ to the tiny moments he’s captured in his people series, this totally appeals to people watchers of all types.

Jayoon Choi People at Jealous Gallery

Edouart Buzon

And finally, the lovely Edouart Buzon who’s mixed media masterpieces I can only dream of owning at the moment.

Edouart Buzon at Gallerie D'Envie

Edouart Buzon can be found at Gallerie D’Envie.


party dressing – quirky shapes and dramatic details from BHLDN

so it’s not even November and my thoughts are turning to party dressing. Bhldn (pronounced beholden) originates from the same roots as the lovely Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters and just as you would expect brings the same quirky style to it’s collection. Full skirts, beautiful detailing and quirky prints…. mmmmmmm.

BHLDN dresses

I love the way in which the site is shot; taking dresses in different colourways and stylng it up for different occassions. The yellow ribbon dress for example is described as perfect for afternoon tea with the girls:

BHLDN Ribbon Dress

Whilst the white is styled to create some winter glamour – check out those beautiful boots!

BHLDN Ribboned Dress

When you’ve chosen your occasion then you can click through and buy the accessories and shoes all in one go. Too easy really isn’t it?

Homemade…by someone else

With the etsy movement so much entrenched that it’s hard to remember a time without it, handmade is really the way to go for some unique jewellery you won’t find on every girl in the office.

My problem is I’m not sure I’m brave enough to move into the territory of homemade style; questions rush through my mind suc as, if it’s borderline cool will they think I’ve made it myself and sympathy-like it? Will I look like my mum? or even worse a very old girl guide displaying the fruits of this evenings labour?

Well these amazing necklaces from the empress dowagers new jewels have allayed all my fears. Friendly shapes, trendy patterns and unique layering make each necklace a true statement piece that would be perfect over my wadrobe of black slouchy dresses and grey marl.

the empress dowager yellow necklace  the empress dowager layered necklace

the empress dowager chaldedony poppies necklace  the empress dowager reclaimed onyx necklace

Now I’m just waiting for the perfect pattern before I snap up my chosen piece.

art for big kids: Patrick Hruby

Imaginary_Castle_Patrick Hrubry

I was browsing for inspiration when I came across Patrick Hruby’s fantastic illustrations. As we have a very grown up flat and are nowhere near the age of being able to buy stuff for kids then I will either have to rationalise myself into being able to buy a print from somewhere or just content myself with the site (which is very beautiful and cleverly whizzes through lots of illustrations whilst getting to the one you have selected – kind of like a digital card shuffle):

Patrik hubry stylish illusrations

looking at these actually reminded me of how homewear seems too be picking up a gaphic illustration style too – check out this tray from liberties:

London tray liberties

I am yet to work out the fasghion equivalent (aztec cardigans perhaps?) but I really feel that buying prints in this illustrative style is far more fun and fresh than all the typographic posters that have been litrering trendy design stores for the past few years – go forth and embrace your inner child!

time for a new trend perhaps?