I'm Kristen and I'm living in Crawley, Sussex (hoping to return to my beloved Brighton 'n' Hove when my ME/CFS allows). I drink a lot of tea, ride a lot of buses, go in a lot of charity shops, draw, sew and knit (and attempt to crochet), take a lot of photos, spend a lot of time sleeping, read a lot of history books and follow Jesus Christ. <3
Email: busstopgirl (at) googlemail (dot) com
Laura Ellen Bacon makes beautiful forms in willow for inside and outdoors. Go to her website's gallery for larger versions of the photos above, which do the work much better justice!
She's coming to Hove Museum from 1 July - 28 August, so I'm looking forward to seeing these works 'in the flesh'. The exhibition is new work, partly inspired by the museum's interior spaces and including suspended objects. The museum is an old house, and has lots of original features like fireplaces and high ceilings - it'll be great to see what she does with the space.
I found this photo of Kirkby munitions factory workers posing around a bomb (from National Museums Liverpool's The Blitz website) intriguing - the juxtaposition between this huge lump of lethal metal and the group of well-groomed, elegant young women.
I shouldn't be surprised - if I had to work in a bomb factory, I'd still want my mascara and some great shoes. It'd probably be even more important to me if I was put in that situation.
'I am WARM for yo' form!'
Just seen the trailer for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - it looks fantastic (and I was very tickled by poor Ron's expression to seeing Hermione looking all womanly in her party frock!). Empire has lots of stills from the film too, which is out November.
* Hew Locke at The New Art Gallery, Walsall until 26 June 2005 - including his vibrant collage sculptures, many of the Royal Family, made with materials from markets and pound stores.
* Gardens of Glass: Chihuly at Kew, 'a spectacular sequence of organically shaped and vibrantly coloured glass sculptures set throughout Kew’s 300-acre garden landscape and inside the great glasshouses'. Mouthwatering...
Went to see Hitchhikers yesterday - funny, surreal stuff, though it didn't grab me quite as much as I'd hoped it would. Worth it though even just to see the five main characters turn into knitted versions of themselves.
And it turns out you can buy them as well! Expect to see the knitting patterns appear on the crafty sites soon. 26.05.05 edited to add: Miss Cute Boots presents: Marvin!
'To a lot of New Yorkers, 14th Street is the unofficial divide between uptown and downtown. I personally love 14th street – the Salvation Army, Union Square, the L train running just below. I think this song also perfectly sums up the moment when you see someone you’re obsessed with on the street and decide whether it’s worth it to say hello or stay safely in the background. I’ve known Emily, a Portland, Oregon native, for many years and really appreciate the New York moment she captured in this song.' Laura Cantrell
Norman Hartnell's design for the dress worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at her Coronation
"Sir Norman Hartnell will be remembered with an English Heritage Blue Plaque which is due to be unveiled at 11am this morning at 26 Bruton Street, W1, where he lived and worked from 1935 to his death at the age of 78, in 1979.
The Giant Zip Pond (c) www.modernartistsgallery.com
If I ever have a garden I want one of these! By British sculptor Mark R Hall.
His 'conker' pieces are lovely too - they remind me of a couple of conker-inspired handbags I've seen in Crafts - a metal one by Emily Jo Gibbs and another, a green fabric one whose maker's name eludes me but was on the cover of one issue.
25.05.05 - edited to add: Just spotted this photo on my work website of a maquette by Lisa Broughton, which looks conker-shaped to me!