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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 25 February 2019

Anni Albers


Anni Albers (1899-1994) combined the ancient art of hand weaving with abstract art. Born in Germany,  she was introduced to the art of hand weaving at the Bauhaus.  She met her future husband there and they moved to the USA in 1933 when Nazism closed the Bauhaus. She experimented with pattern and texture and began to produce woven work to be framed and displayed on a wall. An exhibition of her work has just been  on display at the Tate Modern in London. Here are a few of the exhibits

















This is named the six prayers and is on loan from The Jewish Museum, New York



Anni Alber's eight harness 750 loom




Sunday, 24 February 2019

Gentle Monster

Following on from my previous post,  the product sold in that shop is eyewear or to you and me -  Sunglasses!



The theme of the interior design is aliens obsessed with Kung Fu. Apparently every three minutes a large gong sounds and the arms of the cone-like aliens spring to life. I need to visit when the shop is open next time as it sounds a fun experience. Of course, I  probably wouldn't be interested in the 'eyecare' but would like to have a wander around the rest of the store.




Friday, 22 February 2019

Interior design


 


 I was intrigue by this shop on Argyll Street in London. It was a Sunday morning so I could only look and take photos through the windows. I hadn't heard of the brand and at first couldn't see what they were selling. Can you guess?





Will reveal all in my next post.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Toilets at Euston station


I'm not in the habit of photographing the inside of toilets but I couldn't resist sharing these with you. The Ladies' toilets at Euston station were never something to shout about but whoever had the idea of decorating them with sections of The Illustrated map of North London by the House of Cally was a stroke of genius.





















Sharing with Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Valentine's Day


This is the Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London. Their current exhibition is entitled 'Love and other crimes' and has love themed works by well known artists including Banksy, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. An appropriate post for Valentine's Day I thought.





Sunday, 10 February 2019

Chinese New Year in London



It was a very wet morning but I went into London early today to have a look around China Town which is celebrating the Chinese New Year this week. I always prefer to get there before the crowds so I can take some photos without too many people in them.
















All the restaurants were busy getting ready for the day ahead.









I then went to see the preparations for parade.





















                                                              The year of the pig!




I then went to watch the parade. It was difficult to get close enough to take clear photos.















































By early afternoon everywhere was packed. There was a great show in Trafalgar Square but the rain and crowds were just too much for me.





I hope the Year of the Pig is a good one for you.