Here I am pottering around the kitchen this morning with some of my feathered friends.
Okay it's the March page of my calendar - a detail from Hanns Anker's 'Cinderella'.
On Saturday we decided to hop on a train and visit a dear old friend in sunny Manchester. It was great to catch up and while we were there we decided to visit the City Gallery. Sadly I'd missed the fabulous First Cut exhibition but was blown away by the weird and wonderful art work of Raqib Shaw.
A taste of what is to come in the foyer
He uses mixed media, including enamels and sequins, to produce incredibly decorative pieces.
The rich jewel like colours draw you in until you realise you are staring at part of a particularly gruesome tale - some more obvious than others.
And there's a fascinating video watching Raqib at work describing his reasoning and technique.
To lighten the mood a little we had fun in the interactive space.
Pressing buttons to activate an eerie scene.
And Little Sis becoming part of a kaleidoscopic image.
(Not sure where the little fella came from - spooky!)
I loved the luggage tags on the walls.
It's been years since I visited the gallery but have promised myself that I must try to visit more regularly.
The clear blue skies on our day out were producing shadows all over the place so I got a bit carried away and before I knew it I had an idea for a blog post - all about lines. Fortunately for you within about an hour I realised how incredibly boring this would be so I cut it short. Here's a few photos:
Thank you. I have now got that 'out of my system'.
No trip would be complete without a good old mooch around a gift shop. This time I returned with some sweet little things to help me organise my stuff.
Essential - no?