Monday, 5 May 2014

Mexican 'Cookies' and Cinco de Mayo

Last night one of my best friends had a Cinco de Mayo party, it was so much fun, and to get into the Mexican spirit I had a go at baking some Mexican cookies. The reason I've put 'cookies' in quote marks in the title is because I wouldn't say they taste like your regular cookie. I got the recipe from and firstly got confused by 'all-purpose flour', but I later found out this means plain flour, FYI. I had nothing to compare these cookies to as I've never even had Mexican cookies. I'm still not 100% sure about them. The consistency is too dry to be a cake, but almost too cakey to be a biscuit, so it almost tastes like you've totally messed up the recipe! However, dipped in the hundreds and thousands at least they look good. One of my friends suggested they might be best dipped in a cup of coffee. I'm not typing up the recipe on this blog post as it is not my own recipe, but do let me know if you try making them, how they turn out, and more importantly if you've ever even eaten them before!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Crafty Fox Market

Last weekend I went to the Crafty Fox Market in Brixton. Somehow, despite picking up a mountain of business cards, with the intention of doing a blog post on it, I forgot! So here is a rather delayed post about this crafty market.

'Mountain' of business cards:

Here is a selection of some of my favourite crafty people from this inspiring market.

Oh My Clumsy Heart
My personal favourite collection is the Geological collection.

Katie O'Hagan, Illustrator
These illustrations are just so cute! If I had a baby I think I would decorate its whole room with these prints!

Kinska (Ceramic and Illustration)
There's something about the little faces on all the pottery that brings a smile to my face.

Dionne Kitching Illustration
Seriously impressive bear illustrations.

Katie Spragg (Ceramics and Illustration)
I thought I'd heard of her before! She did a ceramics residency at the V&A!

Mister Peebles (Drawn and Made)
I need the 'It never rains but it paws' print.

Lillian Ip (Designer-maker, Illustrator, Graphic Designer)
I am in love with Lillian's illustrations! If I ever got my blog illustrated I would go straight to her! And oh my... the otter brooch.

SouthLondon Ray
If you live in South London, you need these prints!

Grace Gatley Textiles
I want pretty much all of the wall art!

Handmade by Tessa Galloway
Gorgeous city prints and she also does very pretty wedding invites!

Please go and visit all their sites and support independent businesses!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

(Beautiful curating! Note: none of the people are me in this photo, it was just so crowded I couldn't not get people in the photo!)

Matisse's cut-outs, so bright, so colourful, so playful, yet somehow this exhibition also has a deep sense of tragedy and of loss. During the last decade or so of Matisse's life, he was unwell and had to work from a wheelchair. Throughout the exhibition you see the outpour of ideas from a man who knew he was close to death. The rush of how the images are put together, how the placing and gluing of the images is not finessed, the sheer volume of work, all contribute to this feeling of someone who felt they were running out of time, but still had so much to give in terms of his artistic contribution to the world.

I went to this exhibition with my friend, Holly, who is basically obsessed with the Matisse cut-outs and in particular 'The Snail'.

For example, this is her comparing the 'exhibition' print of 'The Snail' with the 'mini' print to work out which one has better colour reproduction.

We went to the exhibition on Friday evening as the Tate Modern is open until 10pm on Fridays. We hit Wahaca beforehand, obviously. The exhibition was absolutely packed, so I highly recommend that if you go, go on a weekday morning or something, definitely do not go over the bank holiday weekend!

It is a huge exhibition with some brilliant pieces, the only downsides were: the glass over some of the larger pieces of work was not one single sheet of glass thus creating shadows over the artworks, and that my favourite piece of work was not very clean! I had been so looking forward to seeing 'The Thousand and One Nights'. Here is a sneaky pic of it that we took inside the exhibition.

Of course, it goes without saying that the shop was great and there were many awesome books I wanted to buy. Sometimes the colour reproduction was not great, especially in the print of 'The Horse, the Rider and the Clown'. The pink was just not as bright as in the real thing! Overall, do go and see this exhibition, as I doubt there will be another one like it in a long time, I will probably go and see it again! 

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