10/06/2012

A swift and art-ful stop off in London



On our travels we decided to have a quick stop off in London and drop into the Pullens Yard Open Studios, and also see our friends the Stick People.

The artists at Pullens Yard hold a winter and summer open studios every year with studios ranging from jewellery, screen printing, rug making, ceramics, sculpture, clothing, vintage, musical instruments and much much more.  My favourites are Alex Monroe, Yard Sale Project, and Jam Jar Flowers.

Alex Monroe makes stunningly beautiful jewellery, my friend Susie Stickgirl has adored his work for years, gradually collecting pieces along the way.  This year I decided to treat myself and made a purchase or two, well I do need to build up my jewellery stock seeing as it all got stolen in the burglary!  (I'll blog about these purchases another time after I've had chance to photograph them).

Yard Sale Project create one-off and small-batch pieces of furniture which are exquisite! The Stick People may have made a purchase or two here....but only of the 'pebbles', wooden offcuts from their furniture making process! 

Jam Jar Flowers was one of my favourite studios.  Not only is it a great idea but it is beautiful too.  They offer bespoke floral designs in an eclectic choice of beautiful vases and jam jars.  Their studio was amazing, with an entire window of jars and vases, an open fire, bare brick and the most amazing flower-bomb hanging from the ceiling.

After we'd finished at the studios we decided to stay south of the river and head over to Brixton Village for a spot of lunch at Elephant, a Pakistani Street Food Cafe.  I had a Lamb Thali and it was delicious.  Washed down with the yummiest Masala Chai tea.

We managed to squeeze in a bit of shopping on Oxford Street, for work clothes (boring!) and after all of that exertion we wound up at Meat Market for some more refuelling.  I love Meat Market! It's the sister venue to Meat Liquor and offers a more fast food experience serving up burgers, corn-puppies, fries and of course shakes (both soft and hard!)


This is the kind of food you eat with your hands and wipe off your chin with kitchen roll!  It's not for the faint hearted!  


Just a quick little stop off in London as you can see!

If you are gutted to have missed the Pullens Yard Open Studios, fear not, you can always go to their winter event.  But if you can't wait that long for some creative immersion, check out the Cockpit Arts Open Studios in Holburn between the 15th-17th of June. 

What did you lot get up to this weekend?  Did you go to Pullens Yard?  If so what did you come away with?

2 comments:

  1. I love Alex Monroe too...you should also pop into their newish shop on Snowsfields near London Bridge which is in a beautiful building and also houses some workshops I think!

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  2. Hey Clio, thanks for saying hello. Oooooh, I'd love to go there next time I'm in London. I love beautiful shops in beautiful buildings and if I could get to see the workshop I'd be in heaven!

    xx

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