Ham House- Open House London 2013

Ham House- Open House London 2013

I couldn’t photograph inside the wonderful Ham House, visited as part of Open House London 2013 and so I turned my attention to the gardens instead. The Kitchen Garden and Cherry Garden (with not a cherry in sight since the days of Elizabeth Dysart who grew them around the walls...
Dense

Dense

My favorite type of pattern. A busy, saturated field of shapes that can merge or remain static. The very best of patterns is always found in nature. Taken on the river path between Barnes and Richmond one sunny Sunday not so long ago.
Yayoi Kusama; Dotty

Yayoi Kusama; Dotty

If you go to just one of the various branches of Tate this year, go to Tate Modern and then go straight to see Kusama’s work. You won’t leave any other exhibition having experienced any thing close to the spectacularly singular vision that Kusama wants to you to feel and see through...
Katharina Grosse at Tate St Ives

Katharina Grosse at Tate St Ives

I’ve waited a long time to see Katharina Grosse’s work in situ. And when I least expected it, I found her work at Tate St Ives as an installation as part of the exhibition, The Indiscipline of Painting ( Mary Heilmann’s Club Chairs were another highlight). Her classic spray-paint intervention filled the staircase atrium which Tate has used...
Clare Woods at The Hepworth Wakefield

Clare Woods at The Hepworth Wakefield

Now I know that Wakefield isn’t London. The Hepworth Wakefield is in Yorkshire, not London (and may I say what an impressive space it is). The opportunity to share some of the work of Clare Woods who is based in London and represented by London gallery, Modern Art just seemed a...
Jasmin Giles

Jasmin Giles

Today I finallllly managed to get to Origin 2011. After having to miss the PV, I was determined to arrive first thing today, before the hoards poured through those minty-green doors. I was so determined, that I arrived an hour before Origin opened, convinced it opened at 10am. Sigh!My efforts...
Eine Kleine EINE

Eine Kleine EINE

EINE letters, Middlesex Street, EC1
J'aime Mon Carré, Shoreditch POP-UP!

J’aime Mon Carré, Shoreditch POP-UP!

Hermès has landed in Shoreditch for one pattern-filled weekend only. Located in the Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, the space is filled to the brim with GORGEOUS scarves that are hung, tied, knotted, draped and braided around the building. The event is moving to Ledbury Road on Monday, it being the...
Bridget Riley at the National Gallery

Bridget Riley at the National Gallery

Very much billed as an exhibition that allows viewers to explore how Riley’s work draws inspiration from the National Gallery’s collection, The Sunley Room will be filled with her work hung alongside art that complements Riley’s practice rather than competing for attention. Mantegna’s Introduction of the Cult of Cybele into...
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Mira Schendel | Still Waves of Probability

Mira Schendel | Still Waves of Probability

This work made its debut at the 1969 Sao Paulo Biennal when Mira Schendel, born in Zurich, educated in Milan and raised in Brazil presented her adopted country with an artwork (many boycotted the Biennal during the military dictatorship of the time). The work makes a direct reference to The Old Testatment Book of Kings....
Lonely Heart Column

Lonely Heart Column

As spied on the escalator one Sunday morning at Southwark Station. On the way to Tate to see the Mira Schendel exhibition, which inspired similar feelings of heart-li-ness.
Roadtrippin' with my favourite ally

Roadtrippin’ with my favourite ally

The road from the bay at Alcudia to Pollenca, 6km inland on the north coast of Mallorca is a beautiful one. Small, narrow and winding across a plateau beneath the Serra Tramuntana. Blood red sunsets, perfect mountain- silhouettes and fincas dotted beneath olive trees. The added anticipation of padron peppers, paella and cava at the...
Ana Mendieta-TRACES-Hayward Gallery

Ana Mendieta-TRACES-Hayward Gallery

‘I wanted my images to have power, to be magic,’ she said. ‘I decided that for the images to have magic qualities I had to work directly with nature.’                                                    ...
London Open House Weekend 2013

London Open House Weekend 2013

Get your map out, your plan on and get visiting some of the most interesting houses/buildings and museums across the capital- not normally open to the public. I am going to venture out tomorrow and see what treats I can find in the south-west. Perhaps Ham House, apparently one of the most-haunted of all National...
Today I've mostly been...

Today I’ve mostly been…

Riding my bicycle through Richmond Park, which I like to think of as my back garden. A back garden separated by a rather off-puttingly busy road, but nevertheless, still mine. Picture- The Malvern Social-Star Cycle. Ooh
Best of British: Weymouth, 7th July 2013

Best of British: Weymouth, 7th July 2013

Barnes Fair 2013

Barnes Fair 2013

29 degrees worth of fun, Pimms, Pimms, PIMMS, Corona, popcorn, hog roasts, watermelon, merry-go-rounds and cupcakes. Riotous suburban south-west London at its very best.
Molly Rose Butt; Kingston BA Fine Art 2013

Molly Rose Butt; Kingston BA Fine Art 2013

Molly Rose Butt is a painter I discovered while doing the (relatively small this year) round of degree shows across town. Her work stood out a mile within the BA Fine Art programme at Kingston University. Considered, fresh and refreshingly painterly, her work also appealed on a personal level to my love of pattern and...
The Dump

The Dump

We’ve been spending a lot of time here at the moment. We’re moving house and we’ve been slightly blindsided by the sheer quantity of STUFF we seem to have accumulated together and before we knew each other. It’s fascinating seeing what other people are throwing away. I spend most of my time during a visit...
(A very belated) PatternCanalDuMidi

(A very belated) PatternCanalDuMidi

Reunion

Reunion

10 years since I lived in Switzerland + 10 years since I left school - 8 years since I’ve been back to Zurich= One great weekend full of celebrations. In honour of this weekend I’ve come across an image that sums up things perfectly. via Duane Dalton @GrainEdit      
Ice cubes grow roots

Ice cubes grow roots

And speaking of flowers, I’ve found some marvellous patterned inspiration for brightening up every single summer party you attend this summer. Get creative young patternites! I will be pairing pansies with water (geddit?), succulents with tequila and roses with elderflower and gin. Be sure to press an especially flowery ‘cube into the paws of the...
The Humble Bumble at Petersham Nurseries

The Humble Bumble at Petersham Nurseries

We’ve spent a lazy Sunday morning mooching around Petersham Nurseries, Richmond’s (and possibly London’s) premier gardening and lifestyle experience. A wander along the bucolic, walled plains that lead down to the Thames brings you into the nurseries. Each sub-garden is quartered by long, narrow greenhouses which bulge at the seams. One greenhouse holds the hordes...
Through the porthole

Through the porthole

The boy and I travelled from Carcassonne to Salles d’Audes (via Narbonne) across Pays Cathare in southern France. We travelled with European Waterways on the delightful Belle Epoque barge over the course of a week. La Belle Epoque is one of the largest, double decker crafts on the Canal du Midi and we were honoured...
elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food

elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food

Get excited. This summer between 5th July and 29th September, Somerset House will be serving up a gastronomic exhibition. ‘Gastronomic exhibition?!’  I hear you wonder. Si. The legend that was the world’s finest restaurant (officially- not just according to Grace Dent) elBulli is being celebrated alongside the chef that made the restaurant great, Ferran Andria. The...
La Cité de Carcassonne: Roman, Visi-Goth and Contemporary patterns

La Cité de Carcassonne: Roman, Visi-Goth and Contemporary patterns

Katie Scott

Katie Scott

Katie Scott (University of Brighton) was recently included in Somerset House‘s ‘Pick Me Up‘ festival of graphic art. Part of the ‘Selects 2013′ group of influential young illustrators/designers, Scott cuts a different tone among the line up. Her work is subtle at first glance, but on closer inspection reveals a witty and intelligent way of...
Calm across the city

Calm across the city

          Al’s Cafe @ Millbank Tower. Good wine, not overly crowded and free. Shard? What Shard?
Darkened Room

Darkened Room

Asparagus Island

Asparagus Island

Kynance Cove is one of my favourite, favourite, favourite places in the world. The Cornish beach fills me with so much happiness. I can never work out whether my reaction to seeing it is for the first team each year is rooted in sensation, memory or anticipation. Since the age of one, I’ve visited this beach...
Selvedge at Anthropologie

Selvedge at Anthropologie

Anthropologie and Selvedge Magazine have collaborated on a series of events held at Anthropologie’s Kings Road gallery space. Running until 27th March, a different designer or craftsperson is given free reign to sell their wares, teach a skill or showcase their art each week. I very much enjoyed the range of cotton fabrics arranged by...
Emmeline Hastings

Emmeline Hastings

Emmeline Hastings is a master at visually expressing the elements that surround us. The jeweller and sculptor creates works that allow a brief glimpse into frozen moments; flowing water, blowing wind and soft snow glide across smooth landscapes. Hastings uses a mixture of Perspex, and semi-precious metals which are embedded on top of and within...
INDULGE at Carluccio's

INDULGE at Carluccio’s

Fiona Rae at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Fiona Rae at Timothy Taylor Gallery

After much wandering around Mayfair (honestly, who really remembers the difference between Grosvenor and Berkeley Square? One’s big, one isn’t, one is near Vogue House, the other has lots angry people shouting outside the American Embassy) we found Timothy Taylor Gallery ( I can never remember how to get there) on the last day of...
Soho on a snowy Saturday

Soho on a snowy Saturday

1. Pattern as it should be: clashing 2. Berwick Street Market 3. Bar Bruno, Wardour Street 4. My old haunt from CSM days, Maison Bertaux (CAKE!) 5. Madame Jojos, Brewer Street 6-8. Pink Lemonade, menu and cutlery, Bill’s, Brewer Street 7. Glass, Brewer Street 8. Glass floor, Brewer Street 9. Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens 10....
Warm thoughts

Warm thoughts

Central Saint Martins MA Womenswear 2013

Central Saint Martins MA Womenswear 2013

My choice from the CSM MA Womenswear shown yesterday during London Fashion Week AW13; 1. Toma Stenko, jersey abstraction 2. Sadie Williams, metallic woven textiles 3. Jaimee McKenna, Yves Klein blue pleated textiles                        
OKA Spring 2013: Pasha, Leyla & Bey

OKA Spring 2013: Pasha, Leyla & Bey

OKA has produced some fabulously pattern-heavy ceramics as part of their Spring2013 collection. Inspired by Indian and north-African textiles, the dinner plates, bowls and side-plates clash gloriously. From £7.50. 1. Pasha 2. Leyla 3. Bey
Incensed

Incensed

Just a tiny selection of the joss sticks which make up the central visual-focus of offerings and shrines located outside Chinese temples in Penang, Malaysia (where we spent our recent honeymoon).  Joss sticks of differing lengths and differing colours are burnt at certain times of year. The ones pictured are of an every day variety....
Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

PatternPancake

PatternPancake

A particular high-point in Official-Pattern-London-Pancake-History. The gingerbread pancake below comes courtesy of the fine city of New York via a delicious little brunch locale in Morningside Heights. I am of course celebrating the glorious feast that is Shrove Tuesday. In celebration of this, I have sourced a syrupy stack of patterned pancakes, which I personally...
Print Club London

Print Club London

I’ve been looking for somewhere where I can brush up on my printing skills and learn to print textiles properly. Digital printing skills, print bureau skills as well as traditional heat-dye transfer. In my daydream-world, I’d have my own small printing studio connected to our house. I’d print by day and sell my work by...
Saloni

Saloni

Very occasionally, a new designer will pitch up at the gates of pattern-nirvana and offer an entirely new take on clothing that understands how to work with textile and print in a sensual, feminine and bold way. And at the moment? It’s Saloni Lodha‘s turn. Her dresses are exotic without being purely of-one-place and would...
Culture Singapore

Culture Singapore

1, 3 & 5. Asian Civilisations Museum 2. Singapore Art Museum 4. School of the Arts, Singapore 7. National Museum of Singapore
Jungle Boogie

Jungle Boogie

The boy and I have been on honeymoon. We spent a week surrounded by the most deliciously, lush foliage in Thailand. The human eye can detect more shades of green than any other colour and these photos are living testament to that. I was initially inspired to use these trees and leaves as the basis...
8th December 2012

8th December 2012

We got married yesterday and my dress and its sparkle made the prettiest pattern I ever did see. Blakes Hotel, South Kensington
Veg'

Veg’

PEAS IN A POD, BARNES HIGH STREET  
Branded, a fool. What will they say, Monday at school?

Branded, a fool. What will they say, Monday at school?

Living proof that America just does fast food better. JFK, 8am.
Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

There is something afoot on Bond Street and it’s not what you would expect. It’s not the usual row of discreetly tasteful shopfronts; Yayoi is in town and has joined forces with Marc Jacobs over at Louis Vuitton for some dotted fun.The most accurate waxwork of an icon I have ever seen stares out of...