May 6, 2010

Nice Hair

Nice tunes:

James Vincent Mcmorrow

Nice flapjacks:

Although I added some hazelnuts



May 5, 2010

I love older people, I love their stuborness, their stories, their bluntness. I often feel I’m drawn to them, their faces, their lines, their dress sense. I enjoy their company, their stories…sometimes I wish myself to 50 years time when I have earned my badge of honour with years gone-by. I’ve got my favourites, the ones with a bit of divilment in them. The ones with the smiley eyes and quick wit. The ones that pull you to a halt at the local shop to tell you “what a shame it is about Jerry Ryan” or “what do you think of this volcano?”. The ones not embarrassed by conversation with strangers.

Bealtaine is a month long festival celebrating creativity in older age, I’d heard about it briefly through another friend in passing, when she’d mentioned the Dust Your Old Trumpet Off concert. But thinking about Vidal Sassoon (previous post) I remembered to check it out.

Creativity does not stop as we age, and Bealtaine aims to engage older people in the arts again through active participation in music, theatre, art and other creative projects. The festival runs 1-30th May, and I for one can’t wait to check out some of the divilment.

Vidals Back

May 5, 2010

The last time I went for a serious change in haircut, I brought in a storyboard of Vidal Sassoon creations. I was looking for something dramatic, something short,something with strong lines, feminine, but dramatic. Vidal does all of this. In an interview with Dazed Digital Sassoon says about hair and design:

“Architects cut great shapes into cities and I wanted to cut great shapes into the bone structure.”

Vidal certainly did cut some amazing shapes, with the Mary Quant cut transcending generations to still inspire. At 82 Vidal is still working, just finished filming “Vidal Sassoon the movie” he’s now working on his autobiography. We live in hope of finding a personal hairdresser with the talent and sympathy for face aesthetic that Vidal possessed!

Tuesday after a bank holiday, think we all might need a bit of loving!


April 23, 2010

I spotted  the gown below on one of my internet rambles, it’s beautiful and exemplifies how we can recycle to create beauiful fashions. It reminded me of a weekend course I did not so long ago with Re-dress run crafternoon sessions and events to help educate people in the importance of ethical fashion. The crafternoon day that I attended was focused on upcycling older garments of clothing into something more beautiful. It was fun, casual, educational and above all ethical.

TerraCycle commissioned the one-of-a-kind dress, below, from Chicago couture designer Christina Liedtke, who was inspired by both the pop-up shop’s spring theme and Earth Day’s upcoming 40th anniversary.To create the gown, more than 1,800 flowers were individually cut and sewn from 600 peatnut M&M wrappers, a time-consuming process that took over 100 hours of labor. (Five yards of silk charmeuse and silk shantung were used for the lining.)

My Saturday at re-dress didn’t quiet reap such beautiful couture, but one can aspire or at least be inspired by the ethical work  and art that they promote.

Hypnotic Sugar

April 20, 2010

Volcanic eruptions don’t happen to often, and Icelandic ones that bring whole european fleets of planes down to earth is certainly a rare occurance. To Dublins delight it has however grounded the ever loved Hypnotic Brass Ensemble to our shores. Playing sold out gigs in Cork and Dublin, the band who were to play Coachella festival, brought some more brass cheer to the city yesterday. Firstly playing an impromptu busking session on Grafton street, followed by an afternoon gig in the GraftonLounge. After which they took to the Sugar Club stage, to treat a crowd of sunday gig goers, only too happy to part with €10 for this lively, hip-hop, brass infused ensemble.

If Volcanic ash causes more impromptu gigs like this, I am only too happy to ground all airlines(until Primavera at least).

A note from Paddy

April 20, 2010

I’ve lived along the grand canal for a while now, my small dark house(shared with three others) is inspiration to move sometimes, however there’s something about the canal that leaves me reluctant. I think Paddy and the hundreds of other, now familiar faces, are in agreement. From the tin whistle playing bearded man, who draws the swans every evening with his bin loads of bread and his corteous “good evening lady” to the business men out on their lunch break.  I returned home this weekend and through my idle fingers I flicked through a sisters leaving cert poetry book, only to land on Paddy Kavanagh’s “Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin”. It reminded me why I and so many others are drawn to the canal and to Paddy, his tilted head across from the busy Mespil hotel ready to listen to all your problems or to just sit in silence. Go! Sit with him!

Lines Written on a Seat
on the Grand Canal, Dublin

'Erected to the memory of Mrs. Dermot O'Brien'

O commemorate me where there is water,
Canal water, preferably, so stilly
Greeny at the heart of summer. Brother
Commemorate me thus beautifully
Where by a lock niagarously roars
The falls for those who sit in the tremendous silence
Of mid-July.  No one will speak in prose
Who finds his way to these Parnassian islands.
A swan goes by head low with many apologies,
Fantastic light looks through the eyes of bridges -
And look! a barge comes bringing from Athy
And other far-flung towns mythologies.
O commemorate me with no hero-courageous
Tomb - just a canal-bank seat for the passer-by

Copyright © Estate of Katherine Kavanagh

Forty Foot Bicycle

April 8, 2010

Inspired by Gary Coyles exhibition in the RHA I took my little Gretel on a road to Dun Laoighre today. Gretels, my little vintage bicylette, Gary Coyles exhibition focus’s on the Forty Foot. Turns out the Forty Foot, Dun Laoighre, is only 40 minutes away by bicycle. You’ll have to forgive me, but I get quiet excited these days about bringing my dear gretel on outings.

You see gretel is only a little one speed, 40 year old bike, perfect for our relatively flat capital. Its more me than her that I don’t want to over exert…she’s quiet sturdy, my thighs are not.

A little man called Paul who has a love for vintage bikes, set me up with her. He might be able to set you up with a beautiful one too, if you’re nice to him. One has to commend anyone that spends their spare times recycling and servicing beautiful old bicycles getting more people, like myself, peddling!


April 7, 2010

Oh how I wish I could transport myself to Paris for an afternoon. Having come across this, this morning I instantly wanted to be there shuffling along the shelves, rooting out things of interest, something peculiar to take home for my petit séjour.

Ps. Test out your leaving cert french above

Merci opened its doors in 2009, coveting a 1500sqm old wallpaper factory. Their motto is simple- “j’ai ce que j’ai donné” , “I am what I gave”. Set up by Bernard Cohen and Marie-France after selling their successful childrens fashion label Bonpoint, they imagined a commercial business that would raise money for charity. They brought several designers on board(Stella McCartney,Isabel Marant, Jérôme Dreyfuss, Marni, Paul & Joe, Stella McCartney, Swildens, Christian Tortu, YSL and much more) and got them to sell their designs at cost price..meaning all other profits raised to go direct to the chairty involved.

The space itself, and I can only go by hearsay, is a labyrinth of interest:A charity book section, where you can sit and while away a few hours with a coffee/ tea and some of the donated books, an Anick Goutal laboratory to make your own scent, a flower shop by Christian Tortu…

It’s a strangely sunny and lovely afternoon in Dublin but amidst my appreciation for the capital in the sun I still wish to be browsing the aisles of Merci, for a little while at least.