Thursday, 25 October 2012

Turns out you can't take the girl out of Croydon

It's like a long stopping train ride but Croydon is slowly getting shimmers of sparkle. Over a year ago we had Concrete Market which was a huge success (and if anyone would like to take the reins please say as I can't tell you how many emails I get asked about more), Matthews Yard opened in (wait for it) the Cultural Quarter and just to seal the deal on that title Mary Portas has given it the Portas seal (and shall be working her orange halo of magic over it) and this Saturday Croydon hosts the Cherry Orchard Arts Festival!
Hugely excitingly for the festival, John Benton-Harris shall be exhibiting, John is a New York born photographer who is a proud Croydoner. His work shines a mirror to society and its characters in an understated and yet beautiful way. 

His work is in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, National Portrait Gallery,  
V & A and other major international museums and public collections. He is a jewel in this little pocket of Croydon and this is a rare opportunity to see his work practically on his doorstep.

My little shop of sanity is in the heart of the festival, Oscar Dahling Antiques is a place that you wouldn't ever think would be in Croydon and yet has been for many a year since I used to search for boys stripy blazers and mens silk scarves. It's a treasure trove of beautiful things. It's a huge shame that some people get slightly scared about going into antiques shops, this one is crying out to be properly snooped about - don't expect it to be one of those shops that has everything you can see - crikey knows how much isn't on show and if theres something you are looking for ASK, even a stuffed peacock. In fact yes, ask if he can get hold of one. 

The event which starts from 10am and goes through till 11pm is the first of its kind and so needs people to come to show support and just have a taster of what's going on. Every usable inch of the road is being cleverly manipulated and if you know the area then you know you have to come just to see how its going to work. 

(Tobyboo Croydon image above)

Sunday, 21 October 2012

London (and a) Bridge

This week was a bit of an exciting one in the House of Boo. Toby - turned 5 on Thursday and this years cake was Tower Bridge. One of my favourite London landmarks and is the boys too. You'd think he'd be slightly happy that I tried at least, you know look star sprinkles and even a boat going under it but the reaction? "next year mummy can I have Buckingham Palace - it's easy - you just have three rectangles put the together and put windows in, see easy peasy" 

Also on Thursday was the (drum roll please) launch of the Museum of London's, Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men exhibition. As I've jabbered on before I've been eagerly awaiting this not just because tis little ole me that's designed the merchandise to go with the exhibition but because it's one that I would want to go and see regardless. 

At the launch day I was lucky enough to meet Louise who was one of the archaeologists involved in the initial findings at the Royal London Hospital that sparked the project and Jenalna who curated the collection. The works shown tell an incredible thought provoking story regarding the trade for human bodies not only for medical research but for artists. 

It's beautiful, haunting and macabre a fascinating side of human history that is brushed under the carpet.  It's not shocking for shocks sake from every detail it is a collection and display of interest from so many angles; art, science and history. I am truly proud to be even the teeniest part involved.

Above: the teeniest part of involvement - the merchandise all exclusive to the Museum of London but I did manage to buy a set for myself.
Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men opened on 19th October and runs through till April 2013

Friday, 12 October 2012

Mystery Tour

Ooh apart from banging my head this week and ending up with concussion something more exciting happened in Boo land. I went to visit the factory that is going to make my new collection pieces - so so exciting! And, no I won't tell you where it is so nerrrr! One year, four goes and a heap of calls and searches lead me to this place and I can't wait to see the results.

Here's a taster of the 2013's collection which has a heap of new pieces .... and fabric to buy! Hoorah!