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The Shards london

The Shard in London Bridge was formerly London Bridge Tower, it is a 95-storey skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, in south London, it is the tallest building in the UK, and the sixth-tallest building in Europe.

The Shard’s construction began in March 2009 and completed in November 2012. The View from The Shard, was opened to the public on 1 February 2013. The glass-clad tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244 metres (801 ft).

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Folk furniture Inspired by central and eastern Europe

The elaborately decorated, highly colourful furniture of central and eastern Europe’s folk traditions.

“This part of the world is a meeting point of cultures; medieval incursions by Mongols and Tatars and the enduring neighbouring presence of the Ottoman Empire left their mark; Catholic, Orthodox, Jewish and in places, Muslim iconography all co-existed in these areas, and there was no Protestant iconoclasm to interrupt it. When these regions, previously subject to the shifting regimes of the Holy Roman Empire, the Russians and the Ottomans, began to define and fight for national identities for themselves in the nineteenth century, their folk traditions were actively cultivated and kept alive as part of their burgeoning identity, and a lack of modernisation in many areas in the twentieth century preserved them relatively intact, in some cases up until a few decades ago.” House and Garden.

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Jacob Lawrence

My Oldest daughter is 8, and she had arts school work to learn about the artists Jacob Lawrence, I wasn’t familiar with his work so I chose to do some research myself.

Lawrence is among the best-known 20th-century African-American painters. He was 23 years old when he gained national recognition with his 60-panel Migration Series. I learned he was born on September 7, 1917, and died June 9, 2000. He based many of his paintings of the Harlem Renaissance. 

“He was a quiet individual who listened, looked, watched, absorbed all of what was going on around him,” according to Virginia Mecklenburg, home to nearly a dozen of Lawrence’s works. Lawrence was well known for his portrayal of African-American life. As well as a painter, storyteller, and interpreter, he was an educator. Lawrence taught at several universities including the University of Washington where he was a graduate advisor to lithographer and abstract painter

Lawrence’s subjects and style were deliberate, conscientious choices. He formed his practice during a period when black artists were carefully considering their role and responsibility in depicting African American history and contemporary life.

Lawrence continued to paint until a few weeks before his death from lung cancer in June 2000 at the age of 82. Shortly before his death, he stated: “…for me, a painting should have three things: universality, clarity, and strength. Clarity and strength so that it may be aesthetically good. Universality so that it may be understood by all men.”

His last commissioned public work, the mosaic mural New York in Transit, was installed in October 2001 in the Times Square subway station in New York City.

Posted in Decor, interior, living

BOLSHEVIK Apartmant

A Compact Moscow Apartment

“The project of the apartment for a young girl from Moscow. The main objective of the project was to create a stylish and interesting room. The customer is interested in books and hookahs, so it was necessary to provide shelves for books and a place for rest. She doesn’t like cooking, so the kitchen should be as compact as possible.”

Done by Cartelle Design, an interior design studio from St. Petersburg.

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Fondant Arts and Craft

What we need

  • White fondant
  • Food colouring, Yellow and black
  • Divide your fondant into 3, one white, make yellow for the body and black for the eyes, and stripe details o the body.
  • Next role the body out into an oval like shape.
  • Then place some small round black dots for the eyes,
  • Roll out a thin stripe, this is to create the wings, wound around the body of the bee.
  • Then make some wings from the white fondant. Make sure the wings of your bumblebee are not too thick, this would make them heavy and would stay up.
  • Make as many as you want, why not try making them in different sizes also.

Check out my previous post Fondant Arts and Craft Turtle

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Anthropologie Cook Along with The Pig

JULY 15 

cooking

Cook Along with The Pig

ZOOM EVENT 

13.00-13.40 

Join The Pig’s Group Chef Director James Golding as he teaches you how to make the perfect summer meal – roast hake with rainbow chard, mussel and samphire dressing. 

Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, the recipe from The Pig: Tales and Recipes from the Kitchen Garden and Beyond is ideal for those looking to soiree in the sunshine and flex their cooking skills. 

To cook along you will need: 

(Serves 2) 

2 Hake Fillets
1 Bunch of Rainbow Chard
12 Mussels
100g of Marsh Samphire
1 Lemon
1 Shallot
A Splash of White Wine
Butter
A Splash of Double Cream
Parsley
Salt and Pepper 

This event is free to attend but you will have the option to give a voluntary donation to registered charity The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Book your place here and we will send you information on how to join this live Zoom event. 

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The Geometry of Pasta Hardcover

The Geometry of Pasta pairs over 100 authentic recipes from critically acclaimed chef, Jacob Kenedy, with award-winning designer Caz Hildebrand’s stunning black-and-white designs to reveal the science, history and philosophy behind spectacular pasta dishes from all over Italy.

The Geometry of Pasta Hardcover

by Jacob Kenedy  (Author), Caz Hildebrand  (Author) shop here.

Posted in Arts, kids

Creating London Colourful Terrace houses out of recycled milk cartons.

First things first, spend time collecting used milk and juice boxes, rinse out thoroughly leave to dry out for a day.

Select your choice of paint. I choses these Baker Ross Pastel Ready Mixed Paint for Kids. they are pastel colours good as a replica of the NW3 London postcode town houses.

Cover your work surface with bine liners or old newspapers, set aside some to place painted cartons to dry overnight. the boxed will require several coats of paint, I did 4 coats of paint.

Set painted cartons aside to dry. Once dry, use your white chalk pens to draw in the details. This next step dries up very quickly.

There you go, your houses are all set, Enjoy!

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