This British Folk Art exhibition at the Tate Britain is a must see this summer. I love crafts, I do crafts myself. Its nice to see how these amazing artists work with different and unusual materials, like straw, to create beautiful pieces. It brings to mind the simplicity of doing art in domestic life, an indoor world, telling stories about rural work, life and customs.

The biggest finding was the work of Mary Linwood, a needlework artist, who made portraits with needle and colour thread in 1825. The portrait of Napoleon is one of the examples… amazing isn’t it?
Another beauty to see is James Williams, Patchwork bedcover, 1818 – 1895. Made of 5300 pieces it took him 10 years to make. That is real Patience.
Crafts are very important in Britain, and it seems that they always have been. Co-curated by the artist Jeff McMillan, this exhibition brings out the nostalgia of tradition and domestic life.

photos: Tate Britain website, Ana Escobar

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I was quite surprised by this exhibition. I think due to my ignorance I always related Jean Paul Gaultier with sex. I mean is not that I don’t like sex, but I just thought that all his clothing had a “pornographic” element. I was wrong, so wrong. I have to thank a friend who proved me wrong and with whom I discovered the amazing collections of this French fashion designer.

This exhibition is amusing and vast, you can see over 20 years worth of his portfolio, working with Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Kate Moss and many other artists that wanted to be his muse. Yes, the sex factor is still there, but there are many collections like ‘Folk’, where he incorporates a lot of elements from other cultures to create this collection, or the Madonnas or Saint, where religion embraces the collection.
If you can, go and see it, it is on until August 25th at the Barbican Centre, London.

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Photos: Silvina De Vita

I’m fascinated by these paintings by Eli Gabriel Halpern. I have a secret love for masks, I have a collection which my husband hates and won’t let me display on the wall, so at the moment they live in boxes. These strange creatures that Eli paints have all their faces covered, or maybe they are creatures from the woods? I don’t know, but it makes my imagination spin immensely. I want to know more about these characters and their lives, why they are gardening? Definitely a world worthy of further exploration guided by the hand of Eli Gabriel Halpern.

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You already know that I love paper cuttings, right? basically all my artwork at the moment is paper cuttings. So of course I went to this exhibition, the only problem was that I had an screaming baby so I had to do it very fast. And it was packed with people. But, the work exhibited was just stunning with some enormous pieces, you just can’t believe the size. I love that Matisse didn’t waste any moment of his life, as soon as he found he couldn’t paint anymore, he decided to go into painted paper cutting with the help of assistants, and that he was absolutely determined to keep making art. What an inspirational man! The colours, the nature, the patterns, beautifully curated, I could almost describe it as a little hug to the soul!
You can see a video of the exhibition made by Tate Modern.
It is on at the Tate Modern until September 7th

Rob Murray just make me laugh so much. He had this brilliant ideas that he put in paper to make everyone smile.
His cartoons appear in Private Eye, Reader’s Digest, The Spectator, Prospect, The Oldie, The Week and many other magazines. Based in London,he is also a regular pocket cartoonist for Scottish daily newspaper The Press & Journal. Other magazines that use Rob’s work include Prospect, The Week, History Today, Viz, The Oldie, New Humanist, and numerous trade publications. Enjoy!

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