Archives for posts with tag: Art


While doing some research online for my new classes next year, I came across this wonderful website listing London’s statues in a range of categories. I had a laugh at the ‘worst’ statues section, even if I didn’t agree with all of the choices, and loved having the opportunity to see statues I haven’t yet come across and would like to go and find. The section on women is especially interesting; typically, there are a mere handful compared to the hundreds of statues of men. – Rachel

jelly-shelf.580.453.sImage: Mary Pratt, Jelly Shelf, 1999 (detail), oil on canvas, 55.9 x 71.1 cm, Collection of Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Photography: Ned Pratt, St. John’s.

My Canadian Grandmother recently alerted me to the work of the Maritimes artist Mary Pratt, thinking I might like it. She was right! It’s hard to believe those mason jars of delicious, glistening jelly are a painting not a photograph. I’ve been equally captivated by her other work and wish I could see it in person.  – Miranda

(c) Ferens Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationA Summer Afternoon at Hampton Court, Surrey, Alice Maud Fanner

The gardens at Hampton Court Palace are beautiful, but I’ve only ever explored them in rather chilly weather. I’m hoping to spend some time in them this weekend enjoying the wonderful sunshine (crossing my fingers it’s set to last!).  – Miranda


I’m really looking forward to Tate Britain’s new exhibition of British Folk Art. Having adored the American Folk Art Museum in New York, I can’t wait to find out more about the folk art tradition in my own culture. Perhaps I’ll also treat myself to lunch at the gorgeous Rex Whistler restaurant while I’m there…Rachel


I was enchanted by these beautiful fabric birds I saw in a magazine this weekend, made by textile artist Abigail Brown. They’d make a lovely addition to a mantelpiece or windowsill display, but unfortunately I think I’ll have to learn to make my own, as they’re not cheap! – Rachel

red-interior-still-life-on-a-blue-table-1947Red Interior: Still Life on a Blue Table, Henri Matisse 1947

On Saturday, I finally made it to the Matisse exhibition at the Tate Modern. After tea and a chat in the Members Room, looking out on a rather rain-drenched London, my friend and I made our way to the exhibition. Although I was expecting good things, I was still taken aback by the sheer scale of the exhibition: there is a truly impressive collection of Matisse’s works and each room goes from strength to strength, with carefully selected themed cut-outs. The above was one of my very favourite examples of his work (although it was hard to choose from so many, and I admit I went a little crazy with my postcard buying in the gift shop afterwards); I love its vibrancy and the bold use of pattern and colour that is such a distinctive part of Matisse’s vision. I am planning on returning to this exhibition again and again and can’t recommend it enough. – Miranda 

lan_harr_prsmg_p931_624x544By the Window, Edward Le Bas

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere) arranging
a window, into which people look (while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here) and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and from moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there) and

without breaking anything.

– e.e. cummings


emily sutton plateEmily Sutton has produced some beautiful new paintings of Victorian plates, which she is selling at York Open Studios. Even though I can’t buy, I’d love to go to York just to see the paintings in the flesh. Perhaps another Old Fashioned Girls day trip to York is called for! Happily for those who can’t splash out on an original, Art Angels are publishing some of Emily’s latest pictures as cards, which will be available at the end of March. I’ll definitely be snapping up some of those. – Miranda

NurseVictor Tardieu (1870-1937). Signed, inscribed and dated, ‘Bourbourg Aout 1915’. Dedicated to Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland (1867-1955).

The Florence Nightingale Museum is marking the centenary of WW1 by holding an exhibition that offers a glimpse into the work of nurses in France through paintings by Victor Tardieu. Tardieu painted several scenes of the tented field hospital run by Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland, and these will be on display at the museum as part of their homage to the important and dangerous work performed by women during the first World War. I haven’t yet been to the Florence Nightingale Museum (which is shocking as I know its charming Director well!), but this exhibition is certainly tempting me to pay a visit. – Miranda 


I have a real obsession with calendars. The best ones can genuinely function as both organisational tools and works of art, and I love that they change every month. I am currently deciding whether or not to purchase this gorgeous letterpress calendar – wouldn’t it look brilliant in a frame? – Rachel