We’re now officially in the depths of Autumn, and while my body may want to start slowing down I’m still as busy as ever. I always like to make time to read and discover new things whenever possible – here’s a summary of what’s taken my interest this month:
I’m a big fan of the sharing economy and social enterprise; it’s amazing how people come up with such clever solutions to some of society’s problems. The Kitchen Library is another of these, enabling people to borrow kitchen equipment on short-term loans i.e. if they need to cater a party or just fancy learning how to make bread using a mixer – genius! Unfortunately, the scheme is in Canada – it would be great to see it spreading to the UK and beyond.
2. She Says
She Says is an organisation set up by women, for women, which provides free mentoring and runs networking events for women working in creative industries. I went along to one of their events in London recently – it was really informative! If you’re looking for inspiration make sure you check it out and try and get along to an event near you (they have a global network of women working in marketing, digital and creative roles).
Just like the little two-ring hob I used to create my recipes in my Little Paris Kitchen, except this gorgeous marble hob is a serious upgrade! This beauty is the work of Norwegian designers Anderssen & Voll who specialise in crafting domestic objects that are both functional and beautiful.
4. Paper houses
Could these be any cuter? Des Petits Hauts is a beautiful website, full of lovely things. And this blog post, with step-by-step instructions of how to make a paper house box is no exception. These would look lovely as decorations dotted around, but I think would also make for great gift wrapping (if the gift was small enough!).
Love this idea from the Brixton People’s Kitchen. So much food is wasted by supermarkets and restaurants, and this is a really clever way to put this food waste to good use and bring together their local community at the same time.
I saw some of Korean artist and designer Do Ho Suh’s work many years ago at the Serpentine gallery and fell immediately in love with his delicate fabric structures. In his most recent work Do Ho Suh has brought to life his New York apartment through a series of life-size representations, crafted from pastel-toned fabric. The detail in his work is incredible and really illustrates just how close together people live in America’s non-stop metropolis. Space and its role in life is a common theme in Suh’s work – you can see some of his previous works here.
Never one to pass up an opportunity to browse a quirky shop, and these British bookshops are definitely worth checking out. I particularly like the look of Word on the Water, near Paddington in London, which is a lovingly converted barge complete with roof terrace for live readings and musical performances. Delightful!
8. Lego art
It’s amazing to think Lego, one of the most popular children’s toys in the world, can be used to create such stunning works of art. The Art of the Brick exhibition is on at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, featuring 80 works by American artist Nathan Sawaya – including a T-Rex! Definitely one not to miss.
Always a fan of a crafty do-it-yourself project, and these cake domes and cloches are a fab idea. Not only do they look good, but you can make them bespoke to your needs (and space!) – they won’t break the bank either! It’s also a good way of using up surplus supplies or bowls / boards that have seen betters days. Check out the A Beautiful Mess blog for more craft ideas.