and stoke newington
i would love your help if you or anyone you know is lookin' for a new flatmate for the summer, or if you just want to hang out this summer i am really pumped to see all i can!!!
ok. i have been in bed under the covers for three days now........tonsillitis strikes! i returned from an amazing weekend in london with chills and fever. i'm hoping it will be over soon. i didn't know my throat could hurt so bad!!!
a few hi-lites from this past week:
*i got a job at my favourite local bar....i am there so often i might as well be working there right...? i was supposed to do my training today but there's no way i'm going to be able to make it. my first shift is supposed to be friday nite, so we'll see if i'm up for it. i'm a bit nervous about it considering my experience in food service esp bar-work is little to none, but i'm keepin' my fingers crossed that no drinks will be spilled!
*i was in london this past weekend for my friend pamela's birthday. how nice is it to wake up in london!!!!?! hi-lites included crazy queuing to get into the irish pubs and having major flashBacks to my st. Paddy's day in galway, ireland, in 2001. we also ended up at a house party in islington, so much fun! i can tell you, as an 'international student', house parties are few and far between. i'm all 'real house? real party? wowwwww!'
*we finally got to the danFlavin retrospective at the hayward gallery on sunday. all the photographs of the works just don't do them justice. too bad it's only on til 2 april otherwise i would head back to london just for that. i don't know where it will be traveling to next tho. as soon as you walk in the exhibition, you just start smiling, and it doesn't stop, everyone around you is smiling up-a-storm. the lights are so magnificent. and they actually re-created some of his first gallery installations, e.g. layout and placement. i loved everything about it, easily forgot all my learnings from museum studies about accessibility, and just enjoyed the space for once. i want to get a sleepingBag and just curl up in that gallery for ages! we spent a bit of time walking around the southBank, if you saw match point a lot of that took place in this area. when i saw match point i remember thinkin', wow, london really IS romantic. shocked. but it IS!!!!
another week is over, thankfully our last official week of classes, filled with PDP (personal development planning aka the biggest joke and waste of our time....) workshops and me missing lectures and meetings because of the insomnia that has been taking over my nites (and thus days). on monday we'll start our two-week group project at one of the local museums here. hmmmm i can't even say i understand the purpose of group work, let alone enjoy it, but i have decided to be 'project manager' for my group for one of the weeks to *force* myself to get into and GASP actually enjoy the process. it's lookin' doubtful, but what i thought was going to be two-weeks of less work and especially less work after 5pm, when the museum closes, is lookin' like the opposite. work, work, and work. we are in groups of nine and are going to be coming up with a 24-page design brief for a section of one of their galleries, the World Arts Gallery. the great thing about it is that i will be able to take lots of fotos (generally not allowed to the public) of their amazing shoes and textiles, yay! so be on the lookout for those fotos....
a few inspirations and 'loves' as of late...
*my search for an original gameBoy, lotsa late nites (insomnia, anybody got any tips?) lookin' on eBay. i really want to play tetris again, and did you know they came out with 'wordtris', a game just like tetris but where the blocks are made of letters/words....hottttt. and my shield-fascination continues. i want to play zelda as well, even tho my brothers would beat the game every day while i was still stuck on the first level. it's my 'everest'...
*i've also been drawing up ideas for earrings while not paying attention in the lectures i actually attended this week. i first wanted to use covered buttons and crewel, and i still might, but now i have focused my thoughts on paper, but i've got a while to go before i actually can make any i suppose. has anyone done any jewellery-making with paper? any recommendation?
*i wish i could get some fotos up on here, but i don't know how to get fotos out of flash sites, but TOPSHOP shoes are killin' me over here. takin' my breath away every.damn.time. if you want to check out their site, it's a dream, cos you don't have to deal with all the crowds in the actual stores! and you get to see the items one-by-one, instead of being attacked by twenty of the same top. i am currently lusting after the 'flat shoes with a patent detail' and 'flat shoes with cross over elastic' (gotta love the names of the shoes on there!). *sigh* could we get a little sun over here....?
*and tunes......i've been listening to a lot of instrumental trax from the album leaf and the octopus project over the past few weeks, havin' lotsa flashBacks to the two amazing octopus project shows in greensboro last year. i love that the lovely yvonne makes plushies and sells them at shows, and i've been kickin' myself for not buying one, but at least there's always payPal. you can see her plushies here. roodee could be makin' his way to me very soon. <3 i've also been listenin' to a lot of neil young and tim hardin (thanks j.B.), as well as of montreal...they are so sickeningly happy, i love it!
*and last but not least, a true inspiration. i posted these fotos of jessica ogden in the new british elle to my flickr, where you can probably see them full-on. but i will post them below as well. i mean, really, no offense to any madonna fans, but jessica ogden is doin' a lot more for me inspiration-wise than madonna, who graces this month's cover (and sports more of 'her' leotards inside.....what a joke....). her house is straight outta one of the vintage treasure-troves in portobello market. what a dream. i'm looking forward to seeing her line for fall...but these fotos are gettin' me geared up for spring. again, where is mister sunshine...?
totally worth the US$10 price for the mag.
p.S. sorry for the fotos not bein' under the cut, i can't figure out this new rich-text stuff..... :-D
hm. the olympics anyone? i can't believe i missed the opening ceremonies! i've been known in the past to throwDown on some figure skating and ski-jumping, and now i'm outta tha loop sans t.v. i will have to seek out a few pubs around town that are showing the games. you might find this website amusing, hottt mister bode.
this week's gonna be crazy-busy. we have 4,000 words due in a week from monday, i'm still doing my research! i think i'm going to focus on censorship in museums and how art museums deal with controversial issues in contrast to other types of museums. it's really interesting, i've just gotta dive in biggtime! i'm also leading a seminar this monday on authenticity of artworks, this idea of the replica/copy and the original, particularly in the art museum setting. it's a really broad and complex topic, one that i'm leaning towards taking on for my dissertation. there's so much out there, so many different directions i could take, so i know it's going to be a challenge, but it's something i've been thinking a lot about over the past three or four years, just never had the chance to do the extra reading/research. so leading the seminar on monday will give me a great opportunity to dive in to that topic and also hear what other people have to say about it. does anyone have any book recommendations on the subject? any exhibitions you've seen that you think of now? i've been on the dia art foundation website quite a bit, what a dream it would be to work for them! their bookshop is amazing, i've been drooling and making notes of all the books i'd love for my little library one day.
on tuesday we're going on our last field trip, to london yay! it's going to be to the natural history museum and we're supposed to be meeting with a team planning some revisions for the museum, and they actually want our opinions! go leicester uni. afterwards a few of us are going to stay on and go to the eagle bar diner, it looks delicious and is supposed to be 'london bar style meets new york street food.' we shall see. all i know is i've been cravin hot dogs, and even tho it says they don't have veggie ones, i'm still hoping for them to be there when i get there!
i'll leave you with two more reasons i should stay away from the market, two new dresses from ms dollyMax. i can't wait for spring and summer now. they are so far away. it's still mittenVille around here. until then i can prance around my room tho, and do some inventive layering.
the one on the right has no zipper, which means me getting into it calls for crazy contortions! but it's super-cute with jeans and the print and colours are just perfect. so it's worth all the wiggles. the one on the left reminds me of so many dresses i left back home, thinking i would never have an opportunity in england for sundresses (i think we had maybe two days with sunshine this week...) and also having to make room for other cuties in my suitcase!