I tried to reach for you but you have closed your mind

Friday, 7 March 2014






















So it's well and truly March now. I still feel like it's only the start of the year, as if there's still so much time ahead of me...and then at the same time, New Year feels like a lifetime ago. Strange.
This week has been particularly spring-like, and each morning I've been surprised to wake up to a blue sky outside, and even had the pleasure of seeing a double rainbow arch over my back garden on Monday afternoon. I'm still not convinced though...English weather is so unpredictable, I wouldn't really be surprised if it snowed tomorrow.

























On Sunday I took an early morning trip down to the Whitechapel Gallery to see the Hannah Höch exhibition. I'm studying her collages in my current art project, and was happily surprised to see so much of her work on display. I'm a huge fan of her Dada work, however the more abstract collages she put together after the war are just as intricate and relevant as her previous, more famous compositions. Not only does she manage to create aesthetically pleasing, attractive pieces of art, but each collage is so carefully planned, so carefully developed so that it fully translates it's intended meaning. You can't help but admire her nerve and resolute feeling; living in Germany under Hitler's brutal regime, she still continued to create pieces looking at subjects such as sexism, racism, and even same-sex and multiracial relationships, even though they were not publicly exhibited. She had such strong opinions on such issues, and was way ahead of her time with her forward thinking and fair minded attitude.





I wore a shirt and shoes from Clothes Show, tights and socks from Topshop, bag from Rokit, and badge from Noa Noa. My jumper was hand-knitted for me by my Nan when I was about four or five years old...I recently found a whole box of my baby jumpers and cardigans that she knitted for me, and surprisingly I still fit in a lot of them (it just shows how much I've grown). It is the best way to find the perfect cropped jumper though...just shop in the kids section if you don't have any of your own. They are the perfect length to wear with high-waisted jeans or shorts. My dungaree-dress is from a stall in Camden Passage in Islington.







The Gallery itself was really gorgeous, and although quite small and quite well camouflaged, it contains a really interesting and well-picked selection of works, a fantastic book store and the loveliest cafe, which is perfect for breakfast, lunch or a post-exhibition coffee and cake. I can say from experience that their hot chocolate is amazing.
























I hope you all have a good weekend...mine is now looking considerably brighter, as I've literally just finished and handed in my final garment for Textiles, so I won't have to sit up sewing all night again. I complain, but it was kind of fun really. Hugs

ellie xo

36 comments:

  1. i love your outfit, especially the jumper! her work sounds great xx

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  2. I know what you mean about the weather. Today we have had everything from bright blue skies, gale force winds, rainbows, showers, hail and even snow. I'm so ready for some milder weather. This outfit is bloody amazing! You have such a talent for putting different patterns together. Those tights are great. The gallery sounds really interesting. I'll add it to my long list of places to visit! www.prettynostalgia.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. thankyou so much! and I'm pleased someone understands! :)

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  3. Lovely outfit Ellie! That exhibition sounds really interesting, I shall have to look her up. :)

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  4. You look so pretty in that outfit! I'm glad you mentioned Hannah Höch, such an interesting artist.
    It's sunny here in Portugal and it feels like Spring already. Sometimes we can even smell the season in the air!
    Also, was the hot chocolate a milky or a thick chocolaty one? I can't stand milk so my concept of hot chocolate is something close to a warm chocolate mousse...! :p
    x

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    1. wow a warm chocolate mousse would be perfection! this one was your standard, super-nice milky one though x

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  5. Your shoes are adorable! So jealous that you went to the Hannah Höch exhibition, it looked fantastic (as did that hot chocolate...)
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  6. Oh gosh I just adore your shoes and tights!!

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  7. a lot of these photos look exactly the same.

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    1. that's because I am wearing the same outfit and standing in the same place. sorry!

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  8. You take the prettiest pictures! I always get jealous reading your posts because your school work seems so interesting! In America (and more specifically Illinois, where I live) the schools are obsessed with Algebra and testing. I'm sure you have to deal with algebra and annoying tests too, but at least some of it's interesting!
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    1. thanks! and yeah we do have algebra and stuff but it's only a small topic in maths, and I won't have to study it anymore after summer (yay)

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  9. I really love reading about all of your adventures in London. <3 You would make a great city guide!

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    1. thankyou! and hehe that would be so much fun!

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  10. Love your dress and tights! Dadaism is a really interesting movement and I love Höch's collages. <3

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  11. Your shoes are amazing! I've been trying to look for a pair of bowling-esque shoes myself but I can't find any. Anyways, I really like your blog! :)

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  12. ellie, your outfitsare always so gorgeous and i love the shoes and tights. the exhibition looked so coooool, im jealous, really regret not going:(

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  13. That hot chocolate looks pretty freaking good! Just followed you on GFC and I adore love your blog!
    Milly xx
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  14. oooh you're so stylish and cool Ellie

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  15. Oh gosh, that's so cool that you still fit to these jumpers!! :) I really like your look, you remind me of some film character and btw great glasses!
    It is true. It is amazing weather now, I love it.

    Xx

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  16. The art exhibit sounds amazing, I will definitely look in to her artwork! I absolutely love that your sweater was made for you as a child and it still fits you, it's adorable! One of the first places I look when I thrift is the kid's section, my favourite sweater were all made for 12 year old boys :)
    -charlotte

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    1. thankyou! and yes, kids sections rule! I love the patterns

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  17. very lovely outfit, and stockings <3 xx

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  18. such a cute outfit <3

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  19. those stockings and shoes are just so pretty!
    i'm a new follower and your photography of London makes me want to travel there even more :)

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