Friday, 21 October 2011

Kneading Bread

One of my favourite picture books is 'In the Night Kitchen' by Mauruce Sendak. I loved the night city-scape made up of kitchen implements, and was deliciously scared of the gruff bakers.

The other day Borja Garmendia from Pensando en blanco sent me a link to their lovely film about weaving and flour sacks. The baker in the film really reminds me of Sendak's bakers.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


The lovely folk at Inventory Magazine in Vancouver have given me a nice little write up on their blog. It is a really interesting magazine - looking at the stories and processes behind the things that they like. When I'm next in Vancouver their shop is top of my 'to do' list.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Another thing of Beauty

I've been collection photos of concrete car park mouldings for a while now. They are such beautiful exercises in perfectly balanced functional and decorative design. This one is on the side of the Tesco's on Bethnal Green Road.

And this is on Redchurch Street, just by Shoreditch House, on a very quiet Sunday morning. 

Monday, 3 October 2011

A Thing of Beauty

It seems a bit bizarre in this amazing Indian summer weather we are having, but with the advent of October, we spent Sunday morning making a log pile up at my parents place on the Worcestershire/ Herefordshire boarders. There is something very pleasing about all the shapes and textures, and a very snug smug feeling about preparing for the winter. I remember a few years ago seeing a book of photographs of Austrian log piles. They were beautiful exercises in repeat pettern and construction - but had the whiff of tape measures and spirit levels - much too perfect to use. Ours is very amateur in comparison, but hugely satisfying none the less.