Today was a very nostalgic sort of Sunday, spent visiting family by the seaside near Portsmouth, long car journeys, naps and discovering sweet restaurants and cafés. I used to spend every weekend in a similar routine - I would go out somewhere on the Saturday (Brick Lane, for example, or a gallery) and then spend the next day seeing family and lazily working on art or this blog. It was nice to explore a new little bit of seaside that I'd never been to before, and we ate in a really cute restaurant overlooking the (albeit very stormy) sea.
As my mum pointed out, I was pretty much a walking advertisement for Hirst Antiques (the vintage costume jewellery shop I work in!) with my pretty hard to miss Askew earrings she bought me for my 18th birthday a few weeks back. I had worn them around the shop one Saturday and had fallen completely in love (as is inevitable with Askew jewellery, trust me), and my mum surprised me with the set as a present that she had secretly organised with my boss. I love how 'much' they are - endless drop cascades of stones and charms jingle and catch the light as they move, and basically if I could wear them 24/7 I really really would. The necklace is a vintage piece from Afghanistan that I found in a vintage jewellery shop in Norfolk along with the silver pin on the jacket, the other pin being my mum's imp pin from when she was a Brownie girl guide as a kid.
As you can probably see, as much as I love the seaside the weather at this time of year is generally not quite to my taste. Although, I can deal with cold and wind as long as it doesn't rain - if there's no rain, it's always a good day in my books. Also, the restaurant gave us free apples "for the journey home" (?!) which was such a nice touch and it's sweetness helped combat the discomfort of the cold somewhat.
Anyway, in other news, I saw the Ann Veronica Janssens exhibition at the Wellcome Collection during the week and IT WAS SO COOL. It explores ideas of space, being and existence through the use of lighting and coloured mist, leaving you in this room entirely disorientated and at points unable to see anything, as if you are in some sort of never-ending abyss of mist. I absolutely loved it and took a lot of photos, which was inevitable really considering how pretty the colours were. It's free so I totally recommend going if you can (although go at an off-peak time because there are always queues!)
I adore the effect of the mist?! As you walked it made you appear almost translucent or like a projection, before engulfing you and making you invisible to people only a few metres away. It was a really clever concept and to be honest I might visit again before it closes.
The last thing I have to say before I conclude this slightly disorganised post is that Bloom is launching really soon! I started the zine in the summer and work is finally reaching some level of completion - submissions have been amazing, layout is coming along and my deadline is drawing ever closer, so if you have any last minute contributions please don't hesitate to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org ! See here for more details about the issue. Basically it started as part of my extended project at school, but I love how much everyone has supported it and am planning on carrying it on afterwards, hopefully producing a few print issues a year and running an online site / online versions. It's become somewhat of a business between myself and Stanley and so keep an eye out as we are actually taking it quite seriously and so there should be some exciting things to come. We made an instagram account (@bloomldn) this week too so follow that if you would like to keep updated on it's progress!
I hope you have a lovely week!