Art Trail - 100 Cats

Following on from my previous posts of my 'Art trail' (you can see the other exhibitions I visited here and here) our last exhibition of the day was 100 Cats.

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The title alone was inviting enough. it was an exhibition of feline themed art and illustration at the Hackney Downs Studios in the A-Side B-Side gallery.

The exhibition was curated by illustrator Laura Hughes, and was made up of 100 illustrations of all different types and styles of cats by 36 different artists.

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There was such a range of styles and they were all great, artists involved in the exhibition included Faye Moorhouse, Lorna Scobie, Laura Hughes, Sandra Dieckmann, Emma Block and many more.

Art trail - Print Club London Blisters 2014

Blisters: The sound Sessions was the second exhibition of our weekend Art trail, if you didn't see the first one you can see that here.

The Print Club London is a print studio in London that often put exhibition on, this one was the 5th of its kind. 

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There was 40 exhibiting artists each with an edition of 40 signed prints for only £40 each.

The posters were all inspired by music and all so different in style and colour. The exhibition was held in MC Motors which is a large events venue opposite the studios, it was filed with an array of vintage props including a portrait of the Royal family which was hung at the very top of the very high walls.

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This Rose Blake print was my favourite of all the prints, but I also liked the two below, maybe it's the matching colours? 

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Unfortunately the show has now finished - I will be sure to go again next year, maybe i'll even have some money to buy one - as it was supposed to be a free art day I couldn't really buy one this time. 

Art trail - Howard Griffin Gallery

On Saturday my friend Liz and I decided to have a free day of art, and as it was the start of Design week there was plenty to chose from.

We started by seeing an exhibition we didn't mean to (stupid timeout with its out of date information) at the Howard Griffin Gallery on Shoreditch High Stree. The exhibition was called John and George, and it had a really nice story,

John was a well known homeless man who used to sit on Shoreditch High Street, he used to talk to the commuters and telling them about his life and he used to sell drawings he had done to pass the time. 

He would draw the buildings around him and also George, his dog. 

His first exhibition was at Howard Griffin in 2013 and he has returned this year for his second show. 

The first thing we saw was a giant drawing of George the dog, and then glancing over to the desk at the front of the Gallery was the real George - so that was nice, apparently John sometimes leaves George at the Gallery for an hour or so.

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The space was really nice, big and was full of exposed brick work, it really suited the work, which was mainly line drawings and screen prints of the buildings around Shoreditch.

At the back of the space were three walls covered in A4 sketches of George hung on bulldog clips, these were on sale for £50 and it already looked like lots had been bought.

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It's a really nice exhibition to look round, and I think knowing the story makes it even better, if you want to take a look you will need to hurry as this is only on until 21st September.

Shepherd's Rest

I don’t know about you but I always struggle when it comes to buying presents for boys, one year for Ant (my boyfriend) I made a list of things he liked or wanted, some just in passing conversation. This resulted in the most bizarre collection of gifts, including ones he couldn’t remember ever mentioning  (I remember there being a gold fish pencil sharpener, and a fluffy computer screen wipe in the shape of a lion)

Anyway this is massively off the point, It was Ants birthday in June and instead of buying him pants and socks, or something even more boring – I booked a weekend in a Shepherd’s Hut.

Our special weekend finally came and it was amazing. I booked it purely off the photographs on the website - Canopy and Stars. It was pretty, vintage and very charming. I hadn’t looked any further in to it than how far it was to get there.

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The Shepherd’s Hut was in a lovely field with ducks and chickens (and absent sheep) there was another hut beautifully decorated with antiques which had a large dining table and cooking area, and there was another hut with toilet and showers facilities.

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The hut itself – ‘Shepherd’s Rest’ was small but wonderful, it had a little fire, table and stool and a nice big comfy bed, with plenty of storage underneath.

All this was in Foulsham in Norfolk, but we didn’t need to know anything about the area because the friendly owner had a book full of information, from the local farm shop and pub down the road to places further afield, all the coast towns and even seal watching.

We had a browse through and decided on Wells-Next-The-Sea, a beach with over 200 beach huts, all individual and unique, with their own paint job and fancy names, although one or two have sadly been neglected and are half under the sand. When we got to the end we walked back through the forest which was just behind the beach, it was a great contrast, and gave us some great photography practice with lots of flowers and bugs.

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We drove back and had a little picnic – finally using my amazing basket with strawberry fabric, which I’ve had for ages. Once we'd filled up on some tasty food we headed out to Holt, which was a nice little town with pretty shop fronts, and plenty of vintage and antique shops for me to lust over.

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Once we got back to the Hut we played scrabble and fired up the BBQ, cooked some lovely food (halloumi is my absolute favourite for a barby) and to finish off a wonderful day we toasted marshmellows which I had made with some of my Instagram photos on from a new online company called boomf

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It was a wonderful weekend, I'm really sad it’s over, but I know we'll go back there again.