Flowers Gallery: Artist of the day

Kate Knight at Flowers Gallery, Cork St, London.

On Monday I went to see a friend’s solo show, for one day only, at Flowers Gallery Cork St, London.  I’ve known Kate Knight for years and I think her work is outstanding and I’m always impressed by her progression in style and  technique.  Her work has been described as the “feminine embodiment of Francis Bacon”, due the emotive and very personal subject matter she portrays.  I love her work for the sheer beauty of the paintings, and the labour and love that goes into the canvas.  Kate paints in oil on gesso on board and then finishes off her work with a thick gloss finish, so you feel like Narcissus peering over the pond edge to catch a glimse of something truly magical.

Kate Knight, oil and gesso on board.

Even though you may have missed her solo show, this Saturday, 10th July 2010, Flowers are finishing the week long exhibition with a collection of work from each artist.  If you want to catch Kate while you still can, some of her work will be on display in the gallery, otherwise you will have to wait till next time!  I apologize for the quality of the pics but I took them on my phone!

Kate Knight: oil and gesso on canvas


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A night at the museum

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of the V&A’s ‘design exhibition of the year’ –  1:1 Artists Build Small Spaces  (a slightly mixed pleasure as I was working – technically).  Very curious and a little confusing but I nevertheless recommend it.

The V&A has put a call out to architects across the world, inviting them to erect small ‘spaces’ within the Gallery itself, ‘buildings within buildings’- if you will.

One construction showed a plaster cast of an Inidan slum – mixed in amid ancient buildings – by Studio Mumbai Architects, the next a treehouse construction, ‘the Beetle’s House’ – below (imported in a box from Japan) by Terunobu Fujimori.  Based on the style of a Japanese tea house this was postitioned among permanent collection works such as 17th century house remains from the Fire of London.  One of my favourites was a ‘climbing fame’  piece by Helen & Hard Architects, carved out of trees in the famous John Madejsky Garden.

Terunobu Fujimori

It’s been pitched as the big design event and, while I’m not sure it quite fulfills the hype, it’s still a lovely outing and well worth the visit.

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Goddess Shoes

I recently self-presented myself with these birthday shoes.  When I found them on I couldn’t quite believe the genius of Dame Viv and Melissa, all rolled into these hilarious platforms.  But I must admit, I went out of my way to the Westwood shop at World’s End, Chelsea just to try them on.  They will carry me through my pregnancy and beyond! As you can see they have a very sensible heel.

hermes would be proud

They are so comfortable but beware to keep them away from where you sleep, as the smell of rubber will keep you awake at night!

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I watched Breakfast_at_Tiffany‘s with my ma last night and had forgotten quite how divine Holly Golightly’s wardrobe is –  you’d never get such a chic look in a contemporary film.  Ok, now I sound like my grandmother – but it’s true.

 Obviously it’s helped by the fact that Audrey Hepburn is one of the most beautiful people ever (fyi, apparently Marilyn Monroe turned down the role – what a blessing).

I want this poloneck...

Although I LOVE the iconic Givenchy dresses, I actually found myself coveting the ‘day time’ outfits even more – the cute cropped jumpers and black trousers (the latter are such a simple but beautiful cut – where can I buy such a pair?!)  the scarves, the glasses, the hats, the pearls and the coats. So utterly classic and chic. *sigh*

Gorgeous little hat and coat

 I try and stick to the rule  ‘if a Parisian girl wouldn’t wear it, neither will I’ – it’s a weak attempt to learn to be stylish in a minimal French way and an effort to wean  myself – slightly – off my love of kitsch and tattyness.  I fail most of the time but after watching Audrey last night I feel inspired to give it another go!

Even in a towelling turban I want this look...

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the perfect mulberry

My mother has this bag, in a beautiful mock-croc.  I love it.  She once very kindly lent it to me for Glasto and it’s the perfect festival bag.  Or, she uses it for when she’s travelling… it’s very un-mugger-friendly.  P also has one in red scotchgrain and tan leather that was thier trademark material of yesteryear.  The new Antony satchel is, quite frankly, dull.  But very good for men.  I think they re-made this particular variety in gordy patent leather/PVC rainbow colours but I want to see more.  I just wish they would remake this again …. loveit loveit loveit.

I also promised P to put this drawing on a tee for her, maybe one day she’ll get it.

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Bijoux Galore

We were the lucky recipients of an invitation to a Christie’s pre-auction jewellery evening tonight and my oh my the rocks…!

We posed in a vain attempt to blend in with the glamorous, fur-clad clientele  – D doing better than me.   I helped our cause slightly less with my rain-frizzed hair and jeans, having come straight from work (admittedly I had been at at a slightly more glamorous tea at the Athenaeum hotel ).

There were several necklaces we were particularly keen to ‘try’ but with eldely bejewelled ladies battering their way to the assistants we decided to give it a miss in exchange for the champers.  I left armed with inspiration and plotting how to duplicate one particular ring on a more modest budget….

These are actually from the Dec catalogue, but they are an example of some of the outrageously gorgeous jewels on sale. Sadly taking photos was not the done thing at such an event, so I couldn't draw you up anything in this month's sale. But we have our sources so perhaps I can add something at a later date?

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Bird Case II

Goldfinch - "tweet tweet!"

SO I had to make one for myself….  my poor iPod is getting so battered and now it can snuggle down with this pretty case. I’m ruffling my feathers with pride as I write!

Cotton thread embroidered on black patent leather, with a blanket stitch to finish off the edges.

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