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Oct 27

2016

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Art Forum – Gregor Palmer

 

 

 

 

Every month, we will be introducing an artist whose work I happen to personally favor. This opening month it is the work of UK abstract artist, Gregor Palmer. http://gregorpalmer.co.uk

We feel it best to allow her work to speak for itself and have you read this un edited clip from some of her wonderful expressive writings. I felt this relevant an artist as the opener for Art Forum – as there is a most incredible exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in Mayfair, London on Abstract art – which is worth a trip to London if you can. It runs until January 2nd, 2017.

Eddy Frankel with Time Out Magazine does a good review of this highly impressive art event. 

http://www.timeout.com/london/art/abstract-expressionism

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“Ground Control to Major Tom”

From the artist:

Creative people are always worth listening to. In an article on sculptor Anthony Gormley he said ‘This is what I was born to do, or what I’ve found I can do.”

He went on to talk about his figures installed on Crosby beach on Merseyside – some are even in the sea! ‘That’s the test, I think. If you can’t think of a place without the object or the object without the place, it means it’s made a marriage.’

Painting has that aspect too. All the lines and forms and colours have to look as though they’ve always been right there and could be nowhere else. If you look at a favourite picture and block out any little detail with your thumb the whole thing is less, less perfect, paler. Nothing should be present that isn’t absolutely necessary.
How does any creative person find that special state that brings all their powers together, focussed and alert? Do you have a routine you go through before you start a project, not a putting-off-the-moment one like cleaning under the sink, but a collecting-together in the building tension?

Mike Leigh, the film director, says he starts work on a new film with no working script. He looks for spontaneity from the actors and likes the on-the-edge-ness he gets when there’s no safety fall-back. Philip Glass the composer tries not to make decisions before entering a rehearsal room, for the same reasons. You have to find the conditions that help the work. For me any plan or envisioning kills creativity dead, while every brush stroke risks wrecking the whole thing. Risk is the stimulant that makes the creative department alert, and risk is what keeps the project alive and vital right until it’s finally wrapped up and you can push your chair back, or put away your pen or your brush or chisel.

Artist Contact: gregor.palmer1@gmail.com

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“Shine on Me”

 http://gregorpalmer.co.uk

Oct 06

2016

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Refresh Your New Season Routine…

Getting family back into the groove of routine can be a challenge in many ways, but hopefully most of the creases are ironed out now – with a week or so under one’s belt.

I finally have time to take personal stock of what sets me up for a new ‘season’ as I gear up for the festive final quarter of the year. So here is my personal check list.


 

New journal set – one per month for October, November and December. I fill them fast.

A new morning blend of tea plus splurging on a new cup and saucer.  It’s symbolic for me to  start the day with a strong tea in a fav cup. Personally, I like Harrods Earl Gray Breakfast tea.

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Then I have to have a dunker – my Mum sends me Marks and Spencer digestive biscuits every month, or Rich Tea, plain and simple but it hits the spot.

Pens – black ink only, medium point – my scribble is illegible with anything else.

Candles on my desk – a must all year round. Diptyque Rose candles are a real treat to self !screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-26-47-am

Essential Oils, keeps my thoughts clear when I get tired. Bergamot is my go to always, but I do mix it up often and keep one in my car also.

Check out the magazines at Barnes and Noble – I prefer to purchase there and support one of the last book stores around! Stock up on new prints like Belong or Darling.belong-magazine

Promise myself extra sleep, more water and mediation and see how long I can keep it up.  It pays off.

Review what my year To Do list was from January and prioritise what I really choose to make happen over the remaining three months, and not beat myself up.

Start a new book for night time easy reading – not work related. Its a good way for me to wind down.  The Miniaturist was one I loved, by Jesse Burton.

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And to remember that I am Too Blessed to be Stressed !

Its not worth it – and to savour and enjoy each day with all it brings.

Sep 30

2015

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As summer ends…

As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, a bittersweet sensation of summer’s end comes over us. With school buses now frequenting the streets and offices experiencing more hustle and bustle with all employees back from their vacations, we find ourselves switching gears. This change become more apparent when coats are taken out of storage, fall produce replaces the mounds of summer fruits and we are drawn to warm drinks instead of our iced lattes.

Jan 05

2015

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Happy New Year

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Wishing you a happy 2015 from Philippa Radon Design.

Jun 20

2014

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Summer Solstice

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The Summer solstice, colloquially known as Midsummer, is the one time of year when the earth tilts on its axis towards the sun, allowing the sun to reach its highest point in the sky and creating the longest day of sunlight. Those located at the North or South Pole will have have sunlight all day. This year the solstice lands on June 21st.

The word “solstice” comes from the Latin terms “sol” (the sun) and “stitium” (to stop), which reflects the fact that the sun appears to stop on this day. There are many celebrations worldwide, as various cultures interpret the event with holidays, festivals, parades and rituals.

In Sweden, celebrants sing and dance around a “maypole” decorated with flowers, a tradition promoting fertility. Midsummer was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, so it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally, young people pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse.
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At Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, thousands of people gather at the monument in wild clothing, to celebrate the longest day of the year in a place that is believed to have been used as a religious site by Britons millennia ago.

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Many summer solstice traditions include bonfires. In Greece, men leap over the flames, while in Bulgaria, a barefoot dance on hot embers .

However you choose celebrate, spend the day outside and enjoy the sunlight!

Apr 28

2014

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Colourful Expressions

Language is full of colourful expressions. I like to think that is because colour is so descriptive — so endlessly evocative. We often, without even thinking about it, use colour to describe a mood, a feeling, or a particular state of mind. Likely that’s because colours can instantly bring a strong, almost visceral visual to our mind’s eye. Think of Holly Golightly, the renowned character in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, who goes beyond just having “the blues” to what she dubs “the mean reds.”

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Mar 31

2014

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Synesthesia: Colour Through the Other Senses

(Image Credit: David Hockney’s ‘Winter Timber’, courtesy of The Daily Mail UK.)

If I divulged the fact that David Hockney, Wassily Kandinsky, Kanye West and myself all had something in common, you might be a little dubious. But we do. It’s a neurological phenomenon known as “synesthesia.” Synesthesia, from the ancient Greek words for “together” and “sensation”, is when the stimulation of one sensory (or cognitive) pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory pathway. People experience synesthesia in different ways, but it is a phenomenon that enables some people to experience colours with more than just one sense. So, in addition to seeing different colours, synesthesia means that people can also smell, taste or even hear colours.  Read more →

Mar 11

2014

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Entering the Zen Zone

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, with our thoughts we make the world.”
~Buddha 

The word “Zen” gets thrown around a lot in the contemporary design context. Designers in particular often appropriate the word “Zen” to describe almost anything remotely spiritual, New Age-y or Eastern in origin. “Zen dens” for stressed-out executives, “Zen-like” states of mind for spa clientele — the term tends to be bandied around to describe everything from bathroom tiles to yoga studios. Of course, the word Zen has a rich history that many folks today don’t take the time to appreciate.  Read more →

Dec 10

2012

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Buffalo, New York

I just returned from a week away sojourning in Buffalo, NY. Many would offer condolences since Buffalo’s reputation has been heavily tarnished. Unjustly, I would say, as I love it there. Not just because my husband is from the area and much of his family still resides there, but because it holds a certain magic for me.

Buffalo is still a blue collar town, it always has been and always will be. While in the late 19th century and early 20th it was one of the most affluent cities of America, it fell from its lofty perch and stayed there a while. However, I’m glad to say it is now showing signs of healthy renewal and it is pulling itself up by the boot straps, putting a new shine on the old and incorporating its rich, industrial history into the new age.

 Location, location, location is the mantra for success and Buffalo has it all.  Nestled in the northwest of New York state, alongside the northeastern shore of Lake Erie with its payload pouring over the Niagara Falls. It was here that Nicolas Tesla first harnessed the gravitational energy of the falling water into electricity – creating turbines which electrified the world.  In addition, alternating currents were first commercially harnessed here.

Steel and iron was made here as well. The Great Lakes allowed huge shipments of iron ore in colossal ships from Michigan and Minnesota to the Buffalo shores, while often encountering storms as bad as on the Atlantic and preventing some of the shipments from ever delivering the much needed raw material. Providing the fuel to liquefy the iron ore in the smelting process was coal, which was pulled by mile long trains (something else I simply love – the old painted caboose’s and roar along the tracks)  carrying its latent energy from the coal mines of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky.  The end product – steel and iron – provided the metallic bones which helped to build up much of the Northeast and beyond.

It was also grain that helped to enrich the Buffalo area.  Its geographical location along the matrix of lakes allowed for shipments of grain grown in the Midwest to come into Buffalo ports, where it could then be shipped along the Erie Canal to NYC to feed its hungry masses.  It was the canal  that provided this additional link to the world and is yet another historical feature of Buffalo, along with its wonderful architecture, which is being incorporated into its current revival.

Like the phoenix, Buffalo rises again.  Visit it sometime, you won’t regret it.

My Favourite Places to Visit:

The Albright Art Museum

The Canals – great for a brisk walk

Frank Lloyd Wright House

The Glass Conservatory

The British Pork Pie Company

(They will send authentic pies nationwide, so get your fill on steak and ale pies, Cornish pastries and so much more. They are beyond yummy!)

Nov 15

2012

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One Kings Lane Photoshoot

We recently had the pleasure of having One Kings Lane come to shoot pieces for our upcoming Tastemaker Tag Sale. While the pieces looked amazing after being photographed, it proved to be a whirlwind 2 days with shooting close to 200 pieces.

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