Blog, Exhibitions

The Royal College Art graduate shows 2019

Last week the RCA opened their doors for the public to view the degree shows. As one would expect it was a mixed bag of styles, standards and end results. It was all fascinating. Here are some of the offerings from students studying in many different disciplines including, print, painting, photography and video, ceramics and glass, and contemporary art practise.

What do you feel is the purpose of art ?

Coming to a show such as this it raises many questions.

Is the purpose of art to hold up a mirror to society?

To open people’s eyes?

To add beauty to a dying world?

To give a new perspective on what exists?

To show skill and craftsmanship?

Here are just a few examples of the work that was on show.

MA Photography Antonia Attwood

The first artist shown above has developed her practise to show in visual terms what poor mental health looks like. She has made insightful video’s of people on the edge. Her work informs, enlightens and and educates the viewer.

MA Photography Mirielle Chambre

Having lost her partner to a freak accident, and already embarked on her MA, Mirielle’s work explores grief in its various forms and and attempts to to embody a sense of a personal and universal loss. The work considers clouds as feelings and a metaphor for grief.

MA Painting KonstantinosSkiavenitis
MA painting Jhonatan Pulido
MA Print Aoife Scott

The work of the artist shown above is about plastic pollution and its environmental impact.

MA Print Ying Yu
MA Contemporary Art practise Ao Jing
This art work is both a thing of beauty and a musical instrument
MA Ceramic Art
Anne Lykke

MA Painting Soaking in her sacred Waters by Kate Bickmore

Blog, book review, Book Reviews

Natural Living Style by Selina Lake

Inspirational Ideas For a Beautiful & Sustainable Home

Anyone who has read any of Selina’s other nine books will know they are in for a visual treat with this one. Originally a Stylist, it was well into her career that Selina became an author and Columnist. She writes a regular column for Modern Gardens magazine and styles for many other homes magazines.

This book couldn’t have come at a more prescient moment, with any right thinking person looking for ways to live a more sustainable life.

Starting with Inspirations, Selina explains her own desire to live a greener life. She looks at the ingredients that go to make a Natural Living Style Look, including recyclables such as glass and metal, eco-friendly materials such as cork and rattan and natural fibres, including cotton and linen. She discusses repurposing and up-cycling and looks at environmentally friendly decorative details, such as flowers and plants.

         The second chapter, Natural Living Spaces, shows how sustainability and style can go hand in hand in different areas of the house, including living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms bedrooms home offices and utility rooms.

In Natural Gardens, Selina discusses green gardening and growing your own fruit, veg and flowers.

At the end of the book, a sources section helps readers to create a natural home of their own. Throughout, eco-friendly tips and hints will inspire anyone who wants to lighten their footprint on the planet.

Published by Rylands Peters and Small at £19.99 By Selina Lake