Saturday, January 24, 2015

Art Rooms

Today I went to Art Rooms at the MeliĆ  White House Hotel. It is an interesting concept where each artist has a bedroom to populate and fill with their own art, they can then stay and talk to people, or wonder around themselves. The freedom that having your own individual space gives is rather remarkable, most of them had different music and themes. It was an interesting concept...

In particular, these arts moved me some what:

Deepa Khanna Sobti: These impressionist expressions where full of colour and Deepa told us that 75% of her sales go towards four charities which she supports. She is a full time artist but she wants others to find opportunity through her skill, rather than profiteering. 

Rosa Miglardi: In the main corridor, there is this wonderful gold wire sculpture on the wall in a purely negative space. I marvelled at it for some time and saw a small sign which I assumed meant it was £127, unfortunately it was the room number but I loved the madness that came with her sculptures.

Lucienne O'Mara: This was one of the first rooms we viewed and when Lucienne explained how she got the washed out colour on her canvas as "I scrub the crap out of it", I knew that one day I would have to own a piece by her. They are strangely haunting and beautiful, I adore them. I'd like to hang it somewhere that I'd get full attention to it, I suggested to my friend that the toilet would be the perfect place, as what else are you doing while you're in there, although my friend said this could be misconstrued as an insult. Ridiculous!

Deborah Pearce: Deborah was Nats' friend and is the reason we attended the event. Deborah focusing mainly of edible subject matter and I found her blackberries, truly enchanting. She also said that she was going to start selling tea towels with her paintings on them, this I will be holding out for. Her figs were truly darling.

Wendy Yeo: This room was a medley of oriental art / impressionist canvases, it was so beautiful, that I started to work out what I would need to sell to purchase one of her canvases. The one below is called 'Hong Kong Sunset', I wanted to buy it for Rowan, to remind him of his time there.

Reissue Korea: Reissue Korea is a gallery supporting various artists. There were various pieces in this room I loved, beautifully tranquil canvases as 1. (Mi-kyeong Kim), another which was a bright blue paint strike on white canvas, see 2. (Seung-yoon Choi), and the third were watercolour and pen drawings of Oxford and London, see 3. (Sunga Park), where parts of the buildings were missing, etc. I asked how much the watercolour pen prints were but £500 was slightly out of my price range. Which sucks!




It was a truly lovely morning spent being exposed to new and established artists, these are just some that caught my eye, there were many many more and I highly recommend everyone to pop by and see something new.

Thank You

At a young age, my mother instilled in me that you write thank you letters every time you receive a present. Therefore, I still write thank you cards whenever I receive anything, however I halt at giving my postman a card daily.

Since meeting Rowan, we have had some very entertaining ideas and our wedding Stationary will all be very personal and funny at the expense of ourselves, and potentially others.

This year, we produced these wonders:

Yes, we are aware there are grammatical errors and a slight layout issue, but for a first attempt, we've got it nailed!!! If you ask me, they are looking pretty sweet!


I went to see the new show of Cats on Friday. Nicole Scherzingerziggazigahhh was rather impressive, however I couldn't take my eyes off The Cast! These guys were the real stars! I've no idea how they sung, danced and remembered everything, I was in awe.

I recommend going to see it, not for Nicole but for the sheer talent of the cast, it's nothing but remarkable!

Thursday, January 22, 2015


While in Geneva, during the small period of time when my nose wasn't stuck in the direction of my phone and emails, I happened across these wonderful buildings...

...which is a very Gaudi-esque style building. It is rather striking compared to the traditional Swiss architecture and has been stuck in my mind ever since. Aren't they rather wonderful. There isn't much online about them online, which is a shame.

They are called Les Schtroumph Buildings, and the tourism website says the following about them:

The fantasy world of the Smurfs recreated in extravagantly curved dwellings.
These incredibly shaped and strangely coloured buildings behind the railway station never fail to surprise. Welcome to the world of the Smurfs!
You'll find this strange housing complex with curved walls and surprising colours in the lively Grottes district behind the railway station. Three architects planned and built these residences between1982 and 1984, inspired by the Spanish artist Gaudi. There are reliefed balconies, wrought iron railings and… not a single straight line. The comparison between these buildings and the many-faceted, multicoloured mushroom houses of the blue comic strip characters could not be denied. No wonder the housing complex is now called ’The Smurfs’!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Birthday Cards

I love a good swear, always have, always will. I found this memo in my phone:

"Because some days there aren't the words to describe how I feel about you...'re a cunt!"

I assume it was a card I saw, that made me laugh, however I'm unable to locate it...I've searched.

I did find these gems, that made me belly laugh:

Favourite Actor / Actress #1

I was in Geneva for the SIHH this Monday and happened to find myself in a lift with the actor Christoph Waltz, so I seized the opportunity and asked him the following question:

Who is / are your favourite Actor / Actresses?

He was very sweet and didn't mind being bothered, which was nice and refreshing. I don't normally bother famous faces but when you're in such close confines, why the hell not!

Actor: Robert De Niro

Actresses: Judy Holliday

I've now lots of new films to watch starring Judy Holliday, who I had never heard of.
This I'm rather happy about.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Golden Cat

Since I started eating in Red Star on Cowley Road when I was around 22, I have wanted a Golden Cat of Fortune. I've mentioned this to every boyfriend and they've all "intended" to buy me one but have all failed miserably. This is what happens when you date artists who are starting out, they are piss poor broke and would rather spend their money on (one or more of the following): gambling, video games, alcohol, food, Star Wars stuff, drugs, musical instruments, clothes, etc.

I knew Rowan could be "the one" when he told me about his alter-ego, Archie Pelago. I then told him about mine, Saffron Challows. The moment I had it confirmed was when I told him about my need for a Golden Cat and how all of my exes had failed, when he told me he had one already.

God damn, can he get any better?! I guess time will tell...

Friday, January 02, 2015

New Year's Eve

We cheekily popped to Rowan's studio while drunkie poos after our dinner party for some fun times, here are some highlights.

What was supposed to be a civilised dinner party, was just that, however due to too much King's Ginger in the fizz, a lot of us were suffering big time the next day. Oh well, you're only young once!