February: Inspiration

Here’s a little preview of what has been inspiring us this month

Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern loom
  1. Anni Albers at Tate Modern

    This beautiful, and long overdue, exhibtion of Albers’s work at Tate Modern showed the Bauhaus art school alumn’s process as well as her beautiful outcomes.

    The first major exhibition of her work in the UK, the quality and creativity of her pieces using the medium of weaving is special.

Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern
Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern

Albers became the first designer to have a one-person show at The Museum of Modern Art in 1949 after which she focused on reproducible fabrics, writings as well as her ‘pictorial weavings’. These woven pieces became the exhibition Anni Albers: Pictorial Weavings originally at the MIT New Gallery in 1959.

Despite landmark exhibitions for the medium of woven textiles, she was also a great student of all textile design. In 1963 she added the skill of printmaking to her repertoire, this becoming her primary medium to her death.

Take a look at her books On Weaving, published in 1965 and On Designing, first published in 1959 and reissued in 2000. These works established her legacy as one of the most influential artist and designers of the 20th Century.

Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern
 
Bryn Evans Mantaraybryn Music

2. Mantaraybryn

For some beautiful and soulful tunes look no further than this lovely singer. Hailing from South East Cornwall, his first album ‘Dark Shapes in the Water’, released in 2016 has been followed by the equally eclectic EP ‘Black Kemble’.

With extremely broad references from nature, history and literature these are a set of songs to sit back and listen to with a glass of wine and your eyes closed. This is storytelling at it’s best from this up-and-coming wordsmith.

Check him out on Spotify or see him live on the 14th of March at Thousand Island in London.

 
Garden Centre plants spring
Plants garden centre

3. Garden Centres

Despite the unseasonably warm weather we are still in winter. However, Spring is coming and now is the time to get out to the garden centre. Picking the right time and plants is key. Whether you have an acre of land or a window box - here is a guide for all your beginner green-finger needs:

www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/worldwide-trends/10-basic-gardening-tips-for-beginners/

 
Garden Centre Plants
 

4. Lisbon, Portugal

As one of the oldest and sunniest cities in Europe this little gem is definitely worth a visit. Super easy to travel around on trams, and iron furniculars, through the charming winding streets. Food and drink are in abundance but it is the monuments to the Age of Discovery, where Lisbon was the starting point for dozens of exploratory voyages. And if you need no other reason than the beautiful delicate custard tarts - Pasteis de Belém - originate here and the queues are usually around the block for a reason.

Lisbon Tram Portugal Yellow