Celebrating the centenary of Lucienne Day

    This year is the centenary of textile designer Lucienne Day’s birth and there are a number of exhibitions on around the country, coordinated by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation (details HERE ). I was up north at the weekend visiting family and friends and managed to squeeze in a visit to the Whitworth Gallery inRead more

Gillian Ayres exhibition (s)

  Gillian Ayres abstract paintings have the same mood-enhancing affect as Matisse’s Cut-Outs or Hockney’s Bigger Splash . There’s a lovely exhibition of paintings and woodcuts from the artist’s six-decade-spanning career at the Alan Cristae gallery , London. It’s on for another week and well worth a trip; this blast of bold colour and pattern is guaranteed to perk you right up. Ayres was 87Read more

An exhibition about northern style

A new exhibition at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool is one of my must-sees early this year (it’s on until 19 March). North: Identity, Photography, Fashion includes the photographs of Shirley Baker , Alistair McLellan, Elaine Constantine, Corinne Day and Nick Knight. Together with work by designers  Paul Smith, Raf Simons, Peter Saville, stylist Simon Foxton and many more. I grewRead more

The Patternity book, selfies and seeing patterns everywhere

‘Seeing patterns everywhere from the mundane to the magnificent’ is how Patternity describe their vision; and the reason why I love following the creative consultants on Instagram (@patternity). From local architecture to Amazon Rainforests, the pattern-spotters share beautiful images online and I like the idea that ‘paying more attention to the everyday can make us moreRead more

Women Fashion Power exhibition at the Design Museum

Zaha Hadid’s Prada cape Fashion has finally come out of the closet in a fantastic new exhibition at the Design Museum.  Women Fashion Power includes interviews and outfits donated by 26 high-flying business women arrived at via a ‘corridor of power’ containing paintings of historical figures, such as, Joan of Arc and Boudicca, as wellRead more