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Last night I went to see the degree shows of some of the courses at my uni. I, obviously, was most interested in the Three Dimensional Design work (that being my course), but my friends and I also wandered over to see the Fine Art and Photography. The Photography was mostly okay but there wasn't much that stood out. Fine Art was more interesting - though there seemed to be a huge bias towards painting and almost no sculpture, collage or printing. Most of the work was pretty good although there were a few things that seemed to be made purely for shock value; something I tend to find dull. The 3DD was my favourite section, of course. In general it was extremely good and rather terrifying (I have to be that good in two years, eep!).

A list of makers which is mostly for my own reference. )

Other things.. Hmm. Recently went to the Modernism exhibition at the V&A, whcih I would recommend to anyone at all interested. It's a very broad exhibition, with things like theatre costumes, clothes, jewellery and so on as well as the usual furniture, architectural models and drawings. There are plenty of short video clips which are actually good rather than the boring nonsense you so often get. I could happily have seen more work of certain designers (Mies van der Rohe - how can you show a collection of Modernist chairs and not have a Barcelona chair?) and less of others (Marcel Breuer, whose work is overrated in my opinion), but it was certainly one of the best exhibitions to which I've been.


Oh - may be in London at the weekend. Not sure yet, because I'm working Saturday day time and Sunday evening. That does give me Saturday night off, but I'm not entirely sure I can afford to do anything. If I'm not there then I may well come during next week after I've been paid.

I plan to go to the Globe at least once over the summer, since they're doing things I haven't seen before (Titus Andronicus and Anthony and Cleopatra, for example) and standing tickets are only £5..
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Some of my photos of the Sultan's Elephant. Unfortunately my camera batteries died before I could take any photos of the girl, but others took enough to more than make up for it. I managed to meet some of the many people I know in the crowds, but unfortunately not all. I hope I have the chance to see more of Royal de Luxe's shows in the future, and might well travel far to see them.

Despite feeling exhausted and wanting to go home, after the spectacular show finished I made my way to Angel to see Covenant. Luckily it was a great gig; the friend I dragged along really enjoyed it and, somewhat to my surprise, I stopped feeling tired and instead danced until it was time to go home.
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The last week or so has been fairly busy. I've spent my time talking about telephone boxes (for a dull but necessary group presentation), visiting London twice (and seeing some wonderful people while there), stressing about my current project and working.

Current uni project is basically a mock commission. This is to get us used to the idea of designing for a specific place and also to keep us out of the workshops so that the third years can finish their final pieces.

Today we had an almost entirely useless workshop/lecture/thing about how to present proposals for a commissioned piece. The man taking the class's talk seemed to boil down to "doing everything on computers is the one true way," something with which I do not agree. He also managed to really irritate me by saying architects aren't artistic and need everything in a design drawing made very obvious so that they understand it.

just two photos )

If anyone in the south of England has not yet heard of the Sultan's Elephant, you must have been hiding in a box. I shall be going to London on Sunday to see a variety of people, the aforementioned elephant and a band called Covenant.

I've become addicted to strange Finnish sweets called "Tyrkisk Peber." They are absolutely amazing; hard (crunchy) salty liquorice sweets with fiery pepper inside. My Norwegian friend brought me back a tub of them after Easter, quite possibly because she was so surprised to find someone who liked salt liquorice and isn't Scandinavian. And, of course, because she's lovely like that.
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Yesterday I visited the Tate Britain and wandered around very happily for about two hours before I accidentally bought a couple of books (Margaret Atwood and Iain M. Banks, if you're interested). After that I sat in Victoria station waiting for Luke to turn up, which he did an hour and twenty minutes late. Normally I might have been irritated, but I had had the foresight to bring Foucault's Pendulum, so the time passed quickly enough. After drinking hot chocolate and catching up with Luke, I met Lee and drank more hot chocolate. I finished Foucault's Pendulum on the way home and started Look to Windward.

Today I painted an egg. Well, I also made a short and garbled presentation about some of my college work, but the egg is more interesting.

Egg! )

I'm quite interested to see whether anyone can guess which artist's work I was looking at right before I started painting.

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