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Making: Old lady doilies and practice

It really didn’t take long before I got bored of making my webs in single or double crochet. I’m not bored of looking at them yet, but I don’t think that’s really a compliment to my crocheting skills (more to a vibrant imagination!)

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So for practice (and decoration that really annoys boys) I started making old lady doilies. Out of some (supposedly) silk wool I got with Lenny (over at RunnyCustard Photography).

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More to follow! And hopefully be able to see the fruits of my effort in a new project to come!

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Making: Window Webs

I absolutely love things that hang in windows and catch the light or cast a shadow. So I made a few webs to catch the dull English winter light.

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#FF – Animal Fashion

Isn’t this the cutest? Miriam Brugmann on Etsy

Lovely bird necklace by MimiJewels on Etsy

Bunny! It looks so soft too! Pull lapin – Nouveautés – France

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Perhaps the cutest of all! Miniature Needle Felted Pocket Barn Owl by alishaharms on Etsy

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Liverpool

Back in July, we went to Liverpool for a weekend. Despite staying in the worst hotel ever (VERY noisy, uncomfortable in terms of bed and temperature, and expensive because we didn’t plan in advance), Liverpool was fantastic for a weekend away from London.

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Typical of our traveling strategy, I suggest the silly and impossible (Penny Lane was unfortunately too far to go to go sing the Beatles song there), we go to as many museums as humanly possible and I get coerced into eating food I’ve never had before (and usually like it).

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As well as getting talked into tapas (which I loved), I was also talked into a boat tour of the Mersey. I really think this was the best way to see what Liverpool is all about. Throughout the weekend, we hit up three or four museums and I was pleasantly surprised. I only say I was surprised because I’m so used to the quality of most museums in London that I’m a massive snob and because I really didn’t know what to expect. We avoided the Beatles Museum (even I thought it looked like too much of a tourist trap and I love those.)

The Museum of Liverpool was really, really good. It had a good mix of ‘high’ historical and ‘pop’ historical. So, it had exhibits on the roots of the city, football, and the Beatles. The building is really cool as well!

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The Maritime Museum was really interesting. I thought I was permanently sick of seeing boats after the Museum of London, Docklands, but I really enjoyed seeing Liverpool’s history with great exhibitions international trade, and wartime actions (including some things you can play with!). It also had a large section on the Titanic which I found really moving. It was one of the only times that I was actually able to understand the scale of the ship and the disaster.

At the top of the Maritime Museum is the International Museum of Slavery. This museum is pretty new and I had head mixed reviews. However, I thought the entire museum was curated perfectly. It was informative and sensitive without being overwhelming. It simultaneously showed the horror of the slave trade and the cold hard facts regarding the economic trade of human beings and the human side of it. The museum put slavery into the context of the time period whilst also explaining the historical implications of it, for example the American Civil Rights movement.  I’ve never seen an exhibit, let alone a whole museum, that so clearly and respectfully shows the scale of slavery. I would say that the Museum of Slavery is worth the trip to Liverpool on its own.

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All the museums we went to and most of the weekend was centred on the old docklands area. The regeneration of the Liverpool docklands is an example of where regeneration works really, really well. It, of course, was an area for tourists, but it seemed to be an area for the locals to enjoy as well. (We saw some people getting ready for a night out nearby. In Liverpool, you know when someone is going for a night out. I haven’t seen heels that high since I was in Italy.) The Liverpool docklands should be a blueprint for other cities attempting to do similar projects that want the space to actually be useful and used.

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Making: A New Dress

I have a bit of a head start on one of my new years goals. I’ve already started making a companion dress to the project I finished almost two years ago.

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It’s still in the very early stages yet and I tend not to sketch out what the finished object will be until later when I’m working out the details and finishing. Anyway, here’s a preview of what I’ve finished so far.

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I’m looking for it to be as ghost-like and ephemeral as the original dress. I like the web-related projects to be both seen and seen through, there and not there, delicate, and above all, subtle.

The hardest part, to me, is the finishing and displaying of the object. A painting, obviously needs a frame, but how do you display a dress that is meant to be seen from all sides?

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Natural History Museum London

Here’s a few photos of when I went to the Natural History Museum for probably the 10th time. I still love it. (Pittsburgh has better dinos though!)

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The mighty Coelocanth, rediscovered by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer in 1938.

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Things I like: Maps

This will probably not be the last post about maps. Along with the Underground, maps are one of my top obsessions. Here’s some of my latest favourites.

Rebecca Foster’s amazing maps. Apparently hers actually get her where she’s going too!

Map shade! from achica.com via Lizzie Pancakes

Karen O’Leary papercuts. So cool!

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Eric Fischer data visualisation. This is 5000 walks all aligned.

 

Stephen Walter’s Map Of Subterranean London | Londonist

 

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