Thursday, 16 February 2012


After a lull over Christmas and New Year Paul and I have resumed our "Cultural Fridays" i.e. trips out in search of art and culture. Last Friday we returned to Mima (Middlesbrough's Museum of Modern Art). It only seems like yesterday that we went to the exciting opening accompanied by fireworks and now it is celebrating its 5th birthday!
I was unsure whether I would really appreciate one of the exhibitions entitled The Peripatetic School: Itinerant Drawing from Latin America but as usual it certainly gave you food for thought. We were particularly intrigued by an exhibit of Nicolas Paris called Hurry Slowly.

This was a collection of found objects and drawings they inspired
In another gallery the current exhibition was Between Dimensions: The Representation of the Object which was a collection of still life works including works by Picasso, Lichtenstein and Hockney.
Robert Colquhoun, Woman with Still Life
There was also an interesting display of works from Middlesborough's own archive, including some by LS Lowry, which was started in the 50's just before the old art gallery was opened in Linthorpe Road.
Today we paid another visit but this time with our two grandchildren to produce some modern art of our own.
Lucas working on his landscape collage

Martha joining in

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Alice in Wonderland

In November I told followers of a venture that my daughter in law, Lynsey (not to be confused with daughter Lynsey), had undertaken called The Whistling Bunting Travelling Tea Party. The plan was to offer for rent the beautiful vintage crockery that she and my son had collected for use at their own wedding. Well since then she has continued collecting vintage paraphernalia, exhibited at her first wedding fayre in Durham Castle and set up a gorgeous website to promote this venture. She has also recently taken part in a photo shoot with two very special people, Katy Howieson and Sally Thurrell-Hynes, themed along the lines of Alice in Wonderland.
Cakes by Daisy Cupcakes and iced biscuits by Lynsey
Katy is a talented designer (and fellow graduate from CCAD) who actually made the wedding hairpieces for Lynsey and her sister Carrie and Sally is the amazing photographer that helped make their special day even more special by taking some fabulous photographs.

Two of Katy's fascinators used in the shoot
Check out Katy's website What Katy Did Next and Sally's Sally T's Photography to see more of their creative genius.

These are just a selection of photos from the shoot which has been featured on today's Brides Up North wedding blog