I wanted to share these images earlier, but I didn’t have the proper usb cord with me in London to upload my shots! Upon our return … well, you see what a mess it is here from my earlier post. Let’s just say things have been delayed.
So here it goes:
This is the first shot from my visit to the Victoria and Albert. Crazy Italian glass chandelier in the middle of a Victorian Era foyer. I went to the museum to see “the art of drinking vessel” show which I must say was a disappointment. (Mr. D says that it would have been better if they had each member of the “Cupp” family on display! hahaha! Can you imagine?)
I nearly left my card behind since the papercupp girl is so darn cute! winkwink.
*By the way – that is a sneak peek of the business card sleeves I just picked up at the printer and the wax seal in action!* Nice, no?
So much to see … these massive columns caught my eye, but really the actual V&A building is so completely incredible. Beautiful turn-of-the century architecture everywhere in this massive space. Fun fact: if you manage to walk all the galleries in the V&A you will have walked eight miles!
What I truly loved that day was the Certain Trees exhibit of 1960’s poems that had been graphically laid out in book form. Truly an inspiration. It got me thinking about how words and graphic designs can be published as an art practice.
A bit about the exhibit as written on the V&A site regarding the art collective:…shared characteristics include brevity, a subtle sense of colour, wry humour, and an unpretentious relationship to art and literature of the past. Themes of landscape and locality are typically non-metropolitan and domestic. Some of the works look like quite ordinary books, but their use of mainstream conventions is purposeful, questioning or amused, while the modest poem-card becomes an artwork. So smart! It was a delight to see and totally up my alley.
Even the gift shop is way cool. I got stuck for hours in the art book section!
Speaking of design … i heart style icon Paul Smith. While in London I did serious dream decorating in the home shop.
I love these 1960’s chairs from Paul Smith Home on Albemarle Street. Not to mention, when you’ve got time and want a minute away from wedding planning – check out the personal section on his site. What a talented designer! He really works in every medium and has a blog of sorts called i – like – this. The method in which Paul Smith works makes me want to get out my fabric and start sewing, re-decorate the house, make a collage and knit a jumper!
*Speaking of knitting, I am working on forming the Saturday Knitting Society. Basically, I intend to have the gals over to knit while the guys watch football games at a bachelor pad belonging to one of our friends. They drink beer and watch football. We knit while sipping espresso, champagne and snacking on finger food. Delish! I am basing the logo off of the Symbol of the Freemasons, only using knitting needles and a tape measure!* Once the design is complete, I will be sure to share that one too. The one below is another design I have already worked out.
Thinking about knitting, wool and sheep … saw so many sheep in The Netherlands … More than can be imagined! I hope to post some “real wedding” shots sometime next week – crossing my fingers to get a hold of the professional pictures!
This was hanging in the window on Bond Street. They are real. No joke.
Serious window dressing. Crazy, right? These are the windows I had to pass on the way to lunch with Mr. D!
Last but not least, guess who I saw strolling down Piccadilly? You got it, Sir Paul McCartney! 100% certain it was him. He looked me in the eyes just like he is doing to you in this picture.
BTW: This is not my photo, I simply could not bring myself to gawk at the man and ask for a photo. I happened to be on the phone with my mom and said “Guess who I am looking at this very moment?” and then he walked past. What a great star sighting!
Shortly there after, I came upon the most delightful antique store. They buy out estates and resell the goods. This is what happens all the time with antique dealers, but when you are in the UK and not the US … the estates you buy out are not 50 years old … they are 500 years + old!
You’re well aware of my obsession with wax seals, these babies are the real deal. Collected and traded like marbles or baseball cards during the Victorian Era, I found this amazing collection at Mark Sullivan Antiques and Decoratives – Located at No 9 Cecil Court near Leicester Square. *no website*
This collection is from the 1800’s with the original frames and glass. The wax seals, much older. They’re delightful.
Even the back of the frames have character. Back in the day you’d reuse materials to make new … this is a painting of sorts and because of the fact it was on heavy board, they have cut it and used as backing on the frame! So cool.