Inspiration

INSPIRATION

 

2 weeks ago

Please let me know if you didn’t receive the invitation for the British Museum family friendly tour. #britishmuseum ... See MoreSee Less

Please let me know if you didn’t receive the invitation for the British Museum family friendly tour. #britishmuseum

4 weeks ago

Highgate Cemetery is famous for Karl Marx’s grave, but don’t miss the Western side which is so atmospheric with mossy tombstones and overgrown trees. Opened 1839 by a private company at a time when there was not enough room for the dead. It became very fashionable and even had an “Egyptian Avenue” with 16 vaults like this. #victorianlondon #egyptianfashion ... See MoreSee Less

Highgate Cemetery is famous for Karl Marx’s grave, but don’t miss the Western side which is so atmospheric with mossy tombstones and overgrown trees. Opened 1839 by a private company at a time when there was not enough room for the dead. It became very fashionable and even had an “Egyptian Avenue” with 16 vaults like this. #victorianlondon #egyptianfashion

4 weeks ago

If you are looking for “experience” gift ideas, maybe a Gift Certificate for one of my tours might be an alternative 🤓 Designed by @Camilla Lillieskold and photographed by @Bosse Bjelvenstedt ... See MoreSee Less

If you are looking for “experience” gift ideas, maybe a Gift Certificate for one of my tours might be an alternative 🤓 Designed by @Camilla Lillieskold and photographed by @Bosse Bjelvenstedt

1 month ago

Yesterday it felt like spring had arrived. The birds were singing. January light is special! #londonpark ... See MoreSee Less

Yesterday it felt like spring had arrived. The birds were singing. January light is special! #londonpark

1 month ago

This elegant wine drinking figure was hidden for 800 years as the Persian owner feared Mongol invasion and dug it into the ground. The turquoise kaftan and striped turban are so beautiful. He is one of my favourites in the V&A’s Islamic Art Gallery. #jurjanhoard #kashanceramics ... See MoreSee Less

This elegant wine drinking figure was hidden for 800 years as the Persian owner feared Mongol invasion and dug it into the ground. The turquoise kaftan and striped turban are so beautiful. He is one of my favourites in the V&A’s Islamic Art Gallery. #jurjanhoard #kashanceramics

2 months ago

Charles II must have looked magnificent at his 1661 Westminster Abbey coronation when the monarchy was restored after a decade of austere republic. He stood out with his height of 1.88m added to with high heels! Love his boots with red heels and soles, a fashion started by his cousin Louis XIV. Details from portrait by John Michael Wright. #queensgallery ... See MoreSee Less

Charles II must have looked magnificent at his 1661 Westminster Abbey coronation when the monarchy was restored after a decade of austere republic. He stood out with his height of 1.88m added to with high heels! Love his boots with red heels and soles, a fashion started by his cousin Louis XIV. Details from portrait by John Michael Wright. #queensgallery

2 months ago

I am so pleased with my gift certificate, Christmas card and goodie bag designed by @clda2004 and photographed by @bossebjelvenstedt ... See MoreSee Less

I am so pleased with my gift certificate, Christmas card and goodie bag designed by @clda2004 and photographed by @bossebjelvenstedt

3 months ago

Preparing for a private Medieval & Renaissance Tour this week. This is an exquisite, early 12C tabernacle made in Cologne. I love the distinctive, multi-coloured champlevé enamel designs. What makes this object so exciting is the hidden letter discovered during conservation in 2005. It changed both the original provenance and function! ... See MoreSee Less

Preparing for a private Medieval & Renaissance Tour this week. This is an exquisite, early 12C tabernacle made in Cologne. I love the distinctive, multi-coloured champlevé enamel designs. What makes this object so exciting is the hidden letter discovered during conservation in 2005. It changed both the original provenance and function!

3 months ago

Discovered a new, tiny gallery called Kupfer in Homerton. The first exhibit there is by Brazilian artist Sérgio Sister best known for wooden beams he arranges into sculptural paintings. He started this method in 1990s using fruit crates. He uses exquisite colour combinations and is very influenced by the 1960s revolutionary colour ideas of Joseph Albers, professor at Bauhaus and teacher at Yale. I wish I could afford one of his beautiful pieces! ... See MoreSee Less

Discovered a new, tiny gallery called Kupfer in Homerton. The first exhibit there is by Brazilian artist Sérgio Sister best known for wooden beams he arranges into sculptural paintings. He started this method in 1990s using fruit crates. He uses exquisite colour combinations and is very influenced by the 1960s revolutionary colour ideas of Joseph Albers, professor at Bauhaus and teacher at Yale. I wish I could afford one of his beautiful pieces!

3 months ago

Tate Modern’s Modigliani exhibition is really interesting. He had an intense and short life. He comes after Cezanne, but has contact with Picasso and Brancusi, friend of Soutine. They seem to have influence on his work. Like Matisse (first) and Picasso, he is inspired by African masques. He uses elongation of body and face. In contrast to Matisse and Picasso, he doesn’t deconstruct the female form, instead he depicts highly sensual nudes that were shocking in 1917. This is a 1919 oil painting of his fiancée Jeanne Hébuterne. ... See MoreSee Less

Tate Modern’s Modigliani exhibition is really interesting. He had an intense and short life. He comes after Cezanne, but has contact with Picasso and Brancusi, friend of Soutine. They seem to have influence on his work. Like Matisse (first) and Picasso, he is inspired by African masques. He uses elongation of body and face. In contrast to Matisse and Picasso, he doesn’t deconstruct the female form, instead he depicts highly sensual nudes that were shocking in 1917. This is a 1919 oil painting of his fiancée Jeanne Hébuterne.

3 months ago

Pop art-inspired typewriter “Valentine” designed 1959 by Ettore Sottsass and Perry King for Olivetti expressed mood of the time, a reconstruction of the idea of work as a “stylish” activity - Olivetti really put an “Italian Flair” on their products. Enjoying my research for next week’s tour of the Design Museum! ... See MoreSee Less

Pop art-inspired typewriter “Valentine” designed 1959 by Ettore Sottsass and Perry King for Olivetti expressed mood of the time, a reconstruction of the idea of work as a “stylish” activity - Olivetti really put an “Italian Flair” on their products. Enjoying my research for next week’s tour of the Design Museum!

3 months ago

Just sent the invitation to a tour of the Design Museum. Please advise if you didn’t receive it. ... See MoreSee Less

Just sent the invitation to a tour of the Design Museum. Please advise if you didn’t receive it.

3 months ago

If you want to see the most beautiful flower arrangements head to the Corinthia Hotel! ... See MoreSee Less

If you want to see the most beautiful flower arrangements head to the Corinthia Hotel!

3 months ago

So happy to have @myvintagecorner for lunch and to have her on board for a spring workshop using her creative talents. Really looking forward to this collaboration 👍 Watch this space, details will follow! ... See MoreSee Less

So happy to have @myvintagecorner  for lunch and to have her on board for a spring workshop using her creative talents. Really looking forward to this collaboration 👍 Watch this space, details will follow!

3 months ago

Today V&A looked amazing in the autumn light. The ‘Liquid Amber’ trees in the garden covered in leaves with the same colours as the 1860s ‘North Italian Renaissance’ style facade by military engineer Captain Francis Fowke. On top of this - all reflected in the pond. Wow! ... See MoreSee Less

Today V&A looked amazing in the autumn light. The ‘Liquid Amber’ trees in the garden covered in leaves with the same colours as the 1860s ‘North Italian Renaissance’ style facade by military engineer Captain Francis Fowke. On top of this - all reflected in the pond. Wow!

4 months ago

Autumn is my favourite season in London. All so cosy and a good time for walks around town, maybe including a visit to a small pub like The Nag’s Head tucked away in a mews 3 min from all the crowds in Knightsbridge. ... See MoreSee Less

Autumn is my favourite season in London. All so cosy and a good time for walks around town, maybe including a visit to a small pub like The Nag’s Head tucked away in a mews 3 min from all the crowds in Knightsbridge.

4 months ago

Just discovered French Art Deco glass designer Maurice Marinot, trained as a painter, friend of Matisse. Taught himself how to make glass and achieved perfection and delighted in the unique quality of glass as a medium. Here a flask and stopper of 1934 cased with coloured inclusions, acid etched and polished.#v&a ... See MoreSee Less

Just discovered French Art Deco glass designer Maurice Marinot, trained as a painter, friend of Matisse. Taught himself how to make glass and achieved perfection and delighted in the unique quality of glass as a medium. Here a flask and stopper of 1934 cased with coloured inclusions, acid etched and polished.#v&a

4 months ago

Hard to believe that this is a make up box for travelling! Made in Japan early 17C covered in a decoration of long tailed birds and camellias done in black lacquer with red and gold hiramaki-e. The design is probably made freehand. Wow! #V&A ... See MoreSee Less

Hard to believe that this is a make up box for travelling! Made in Japan early 17C covered in a decoration of long tailed birds and camellias done in black lacquer with red and gold hiramaki-e. The design is probably made freehand. Wow! #V&A

4 months ago

Did a private tour in East End’s Limehouse area and discovered this 18C warehouse. Turner and Whistler used to come here and paint. From the 17C the Limehouse Hole was full of shipping related businesses. Now all about luxury - a three bedroom flat costs some £1.6mm, unbelievable! Further down Narrow Street is my favourite pub - The Grapes - luckily enough it has not become “posh”. It dates from 16C, overlooks the Thames, has Dickens connections and serves a traditional Sunday Roast! Gordon Ramsey has a gourmet pub nearby. ... See MoreSee Less

Did a private tour in East End’s Limehouse area and discovered this 18C warehouse. Turner and Whistler used to come here and paint. From the 17C the Limehouse Hole was full of shipping related businesses. Now all about luxury - a three bedroom flat costs some £1.6mm, unbelievable! Further down Narrow Street is my favourite pub - The Grapes - luckily enough it has not become “posh”.  It dates from 16C, overlooks the Thames, has Dickens connections and serves a traditional Sunday Roast! Gordon Ramsey has a gourmet pub nearby.