Threads & Stitches

The crafty musings of a Londoner

Discovery – Amy Friend

Artist discovery alert! Feeling like I’m on a bit of a roll with this discovery malarkey. Funny really, when I’ve actively tried looking for artists I would like I’ve come up with nothing, so it’s quite refreshing that over the past couple weeks I’m apparently stumbling over them. This morning it’s Amy Friend, I came across these images on Pinterest . . .

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Aren’t they dreamy!

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I love the simplicity of them and the powerful impact they have.

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The ‘Dare alla Luce’ collection is definitely my favourite but I also like these from ‘Agua de Noche’.

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Gorgeous x

 

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Jose Romussi – A Love Affair

I am in love with Jose Romussi’s work. I was familiar with some of his pieces but it was only this morning that I had a proper snoop through his collections and boy am I blown away! And totally inspired! And excited! And loving life!

Isn’t it amazing when art can evoke emotion in you like that.

So of course I had to share with you some of my favourites, I hope you have the chance to have a snoop later too. For me his best work is from the last couple years, embroidered photography. If you haven’t seen work like that yet, reserve judgement because trust me, you’re about to fall in love. Your welcome 😉

From his 2012 collection Dance . . .

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And from his new collection . . . so much love!

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There’s nothing quite like discovering a new artist.

Bring me my needle and thread!

 

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Mishkin’s

Last night I visited Mishkin’s with my lovely friend LE, I’ve wanted to go for a while after seeing lots of positive reviews and yummy pics. It’s based on the typical wholesome and indulgent food of an American Jewish deli.

I arrived first and was settled at a table so commonly seen in London at the moment, recycled wooden school chairs and ‘saved’ wooden tables. It all added to the cool retro vibe, I was particularly jealous of one table that at a glance looked like it was hidden in an old wood and glass train carriage – would make for quite a romantic evening.

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This little beaut arrived at the table, was very tempted to slip it into my bag at the end of the night!

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LE ordered the Beef Corn Dogs with Green Ketchup and a Chopped Tarragon Salad. And chips obviously! (How cute is the doily on the plate!)

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As a massive burger fan it was inevitable that this was going to be my choice, but I did shake it up a little by opting for the Lamb and Minted Yoghurt. It did not disappoint! It came with an impressive two patties that were thick and juicy. They didn’t hold back on the minted yoghurt which coated the entire bottom patty and complimented the burger beautifully. And very importantly the bun supported everything perfectly, no mulsh, so soggy bread, just perfect bun and patty harmony.

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Zucchini, Feta and Pine Nut Salad – this was gorgeous.

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The salad I reckon would be quite easy to replicate at home, add some diced red onions and dress in lemon juice and olive oil. I’ll be giving it a go.

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Just look at that bad boy!

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On going to the toilets I was confronted with this rather odd looking yellow egg. Logic indicated that this was soap so I tried giving it a squeeze. Nothing happened. Had another look and a little rub and discovered that it was a big lump of soap! Strange lathering motions of the egg then took place. I did wonder afterwards how they replenished it. Does it get really skinny? That would be weird.

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I’d definitely recommend going here, a lovely little restaurant in Covent Garden with really good comfort food.

Oh and try the cheesecake!

 

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Exercising my hand

It’s been a while since I devoted time to drawing, I remember in uni my friend RH was told to draw everyday to improve technique and strengthen hand-eye coordination and she is an incredible illustrator. So for the rest of us we need to be drawing at least every hour on the hour to develop anything worth looking at . . . perhaps a little unrealistic.

Anyway, I’ve picked up pencil and paper as I want to be able to draw again. So far I haven’t done a lot, these are from over the weekend . . . trying to work on form . . .

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It’s no Picasso!

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Something I was actually surprised at was how self conscious I felt when sitting in public drawing. Could have done more on the feet drawing but started feeling embarrassed so put everything back in my bag. 

Will have to get over that if I’m going to get my drawing on!

 

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A Saturday outside of London

I went to visit my brother and sister-in-law on Saturday in Hampshire. It was a lovely afternoon of pub lunches, antiques and wondering through towns. There were a couple shops I’ll definitely be revisiting that had beautiful collections of up-cycled furniture and handmade homewares. 

Unfortunately I haven’t quite mastered the art of getting my camera out and keeping it out so only have a couple pics.

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I love the paper that’s been used underneath the glass to give this table set a little lift.

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She wont thank me for this one . . . !

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😉

 

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