Although I studied Fashion Communication at University I have always had a fascination with architecture, believing the process of design – from concept, development to the making – to be intrinsic to both disciplines. Or to any discipline involving design. As part of an internship at an arts magazine, many years ago, I interviewed fashion […]Read more "Norman Foster – A Life in Architecture"
Happy 2015. Having stumbled across an article about films to watch that reflect the beginning of a new year, I picked up on Eric Rohmer’s ‘The Green Ray’ and Martin Scorcese’s ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’. Both are definitely worth a watch for different reasons. The Green Ray (Le Rayon Vert) This 1986 French film directed […]Read more "‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ and ‘The Green Ray’ – films"
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, […]Read more "Desiderata by Max Ehrmann"
I’d heard glowing reviews about this film and with a cast including Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy, the odds of it being good were looking pretty favourable. It was better than that, it was great. Written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus, Pride is an historical comedy drama fusing social, gender […]Read more "Pride – film review"
A fairly cold November evening’s walk along the dark glistening waters of London’s Southbank found me heading towards the British Film Institute (BFI). ‘Distant’ (Uzak), directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, was not going to be a block-buster action film. I knew that and that’s why I chose it. The film’s title was my mental mirror […]Read more "Distant (Uzak)"
I have felt pretty apathetic about the current state of music today. Feeling that I am either too old to appreciate music that appeals to teenagers or that it’s all just dull background noise that peppers our multi-channel existence. Then you hear the latest album Give My Love to London from Marianne Faithfull which is infused with […]Read more "Marianne Faithfull – Give My Love To London"
A keen keeper of diaries, Nick Cave scribbled a calculation determining the number of days he had spent on earth. Directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard took this idea and created a film that featured a fictionalised 24 hours in the life of Cave on the 20,000th day. The results? A beautifully made film. Nick […]Read more "20,000 Days on Earth"
In this moving speech, actor Emma Watson delivers an emotive speech inviting not only women but men to the discussion over gender equality, since it affects everyone. As someone who has shied away from the word ‘Feminism’ in recent times for it’s prolific presence in the columns of The Guardian, I have to say this is […]Read more "Gender Equality – Emma Watson speaks at the UN"
I’d never heard of Louis Kahn before but on first glimpse, his Warhol blond/grey hair, pointy face and round glasses made him a figure that you’d associate with the creative 1960s. Dark suit, bow tie, pacing around drawing boards and re-writing the course of architectural history, his influence on the world of architecture has been illuminating […]Read more "Louis Kahn’s son Nathanial in a film ‘The Power of Architecture’ is celebrating his father, an architect, who found his professional footing in his 50s. The film was screened at RIBA on 22nd July."
Join the Stokey WI for a talk with artist Lucy Sparrow about her exhibition ‘The Cornershop’, an installation of a shop made entirely out of felt. Each item – from the bean cans, to the cigarette packets and chewing gum – will be made entirely out of felt: each item meticulously hand sewn, stuffed and […]Read more "11 August Stokey WI meeting – Artist talk with Lucy Sparrow ‘The Cornershop’"