It’s become a family tradition to visit the light show at Kew. Love the way this event makes me feel all Christmassy.

My personal understanding of happiness is very much linked to time. Time to do what you want, and to do what makes you truly happy. For me these are simple things like drawing, painting and designing my scarves. It’s to get to know and spend time with my son before he starts school. It’s to visit and see my family more than annual leave in a full-time job allows.

In a society and culture that wants us to always consume, work and play at the speed of 200 mph I feel time spent experiencing London through the eyes of my toddler is something that I really treasure. He makes me see things differently. Together, we spend time in places I would never have gone if it weren’t for him. Our boy is a young train enthusiast so we spend a lot of time in places like the Science Museum and London transport Museum. He looks at the trains, and pushes buttons. I look at different colour combination and learn about the history of London.

Last week we visited the Barbara Hepworth exhibition on at the Tate Britain until 25th of October. This trip meant that the Hepworth sculptures had to be talked about and explored through the eyes and ears of a two and a half year old train enthusiast that sees tunnels and tracks wherever he goes. It is also great to teach our son that the name Barbara is not just the name of the snail that lives in Peppa Pigs garden. Having said that we only spent 30 minutes inside the exhibition, the maximum attention span of a two and a half years old for anything, then 40 minutes playing outside in the gorgeous autumn sun.

 

 

 

 

Taking a brake from my ongoing  work I decided to visit the Sonia Delaunay The Eye exhibition on at the Tate Modern last week. This was an amazing opportunity to view and discover the full body of work of one of my absolute favourite print design heroes and female artists, a true queen of prints.

Being home with a my toddler that soon to be will no longer need to nap during the day can sometimes feel like the day is very long and the evening when I work very short. This particular afternoon my boy decided to have a nap and I took an audio guide tour through the exhibition and was lost in time and art history for 45 minutes.

I used to love art history when I was at school but growing up in a small town in Norway there was really not many exhibitions for me to see. Being home with boy before he start school we try to catch as many exhibitions as we can.

From my sons’ point of view this means that he knows his way around child friendly places like the Tate Modern and the Barbican and has already been to more exhibitions at two and a half than I had when I reached my teens.

Personally I think this is one of the main perks of growing up in a city like London.

The little guy hanging outside Tate Modern.

The fantastic Sonia Delaunay exhibition is on at the Tate Modern until 9th of August. Catch it whilst you can you will not be disappointed especially if you take the audio guide and her the music and rhythms and learn about the different cultures that influenced Sonia’s radical approach to used of colour both in painting and in garments.

As a print designer and artist this exhibition made me feel like I need to go home and paint more and that’s a good thing.

Ever since I discovered the book ‘Rear Bird of Fashion’ about Iris Apfel’s personal style about 8 years ago she’s been my number one style icon. Below my illustration of Iris.

Can’t wait to catch Albert Maysles film I R I S about the great woman herself.  Out in the UK in July.

I went to check out the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition, currently showing at the Barbican, three days after it opened with my good friend Alex. I find it interesting that big galleries and institutions do not shy away from putting on large-scale exhibitions exploring the work of fashions designers. It is a brilliant thing to see couture garments that normally live stored away in mothproofed boxes as part of an archive brought out in the daylight.

The craftsmanship involved in creating some of these garments sometimes involved hundreds of hours of specialist labour so it is nice that they get a new lease of life. The other rare thing is the exhibition encourages all its visitors to take as many pictures as possible to share with others via social media and it also has its own app to download all the images of the garments on show. This is new and amazing!

Three days after visiting the exhibition Alex and I attended the seminar, In conversation with Jean Paul Gaultier, where he was joined in conversation with the legendary fashion editor Susy Menkes.

It was so interesting to hear about how much of his work was influenced by his grandpa retuning to France having lived most of his grown up life in Britain and the experiences of visiting liberal London as a young chap. Having seen the exhibition you can clearly see how these experiences and other childhood memories have very much been part of creating his signature look.

It was also refreshing to see and hear someone in fashion talk about their journey in fashion and confess how hard it has been and take away some of the unrealistic myths that surround the glamour of the fashion world as this is an industry that looses a lot of very talented people, like the late Alexander McQueen and L’Wren Scott, far to early because of the strain it has on the designer. Hearing Jean Paul acknowledge this but still be such a loving and joyful character was so inspiring to keep developing and exploring as an artist.

Me and dad setting  up my studio at the Republic of Fritz Hansen London for a week of working in their window and the artist in residency.

I had really nice time being the artist in residency of the Republic of Fritz Hansen London last week. A big thank you to everyone that came to see my during my time painting in the window! Also a big thank you to all the people that work in this fantastic store.