Bridging Arts

Monday, 27 July 2015

Church embroidery

To add to the collection of church embroidery and needlework.... a crocheted cloth by tulips in Morvah Church, near Zennor in Cornwall. All the flowers in this church looked unreal - they were let's face it completely out of season or so it seemed - apple blossom on the altar and these tulips. But they weren't artificial at all. 100pct real petals.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Decorative edges

What attention to detail - a creme de menthe trim around this crumbling former shop in Cross Street, Camborne.
Tiles adding a decorative edge. Not quite as lavish as at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, spotted a year or so ago.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Patterns for poolside, Spain

A riot of prints in the wardrobe. My lovely daughter and I have packed all our summer dresses for a couple days of sun, swimming and reading in the most splendid of Paradors.
All these prints are so RIGHT in the sun.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Trouble with history

Love these wild tapestries .....How many times have I not finished a kit?! Sometimes it's interesting not to colour in between the lines.
By Matt Smith - his exhibition 'Trouble with History' is currently on in Brighton. More on his website

Friday, 17 July 2015

Alexander McQueen at the V&A

Up at the crack of dawn to see the Alexander McQueen show at the V&A before the crowds - but it was crowded even at 830am. Extraordinary clothes  - intended to be worn to assume new personae and also to change a way of existing... corsets, chopines, chokers, low slung trousers, billowing jackets all change the way you move.
At times I did wonder what he was doing to women - the catalogue defends him ably against charges of racism and misogyny.
Perhaps easiest just to think about the garments and how stunning they are....
"I think there has to be an underlying sexuality. There has to be a perverseness to the clothes. There is a hidden agenda to the fragility of romance. I'm not big on women looking naive."
No sign at all of traditional decolletage - instead McQueen encases breasts in mussel shells or glass or razor clams.
How splendid are these jackets.

Outside summer plants are bursting through banners - a nice touch.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

More church embroidery....

This time at St Just in Roseland.
Magical and subtropical plants in the graveyard outside....

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Kneelers at Boldre Church

Kneelers at Boldre Church, Lymington. To add to the collection of church embroidery....Here at Zennor and St Levan.