Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Liberty- every woman's right.


This is a post going out to all those men who got it wrong on Valentine's day.By now the sulking/silent treatment/stamping of feet may have stopped, but believe me, she has not forgotten-and the best way to fix things is fast- make a trip to the newly refurbished Liberty on Regent street. Unveiled by Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto on Sunday, the Liberty 'Renaissance' has given the classic store a tasteful make over.If you don't know what to buy then take her with you
 so she can choose-buying something from a shop like Liberty is all about the experience itself, especially if its offset by champagne tea in the tea rooms.I had the pleasure of introducing a friend to Liberty the other day, I had forgotten quite how wonderful that first trip is-so many fantastically unnecessary things under one roof-my friend said it        
felt like 'coming home'.If you can't make it to the store, then you can buy online from www.liberty.co.uk-there are a number of foolproof options, including the limited edition rose scented Diptyque candle, anything from the underwear range by Kiki de Montparnasse,
 beautiful chocolates by Prestat or Rococo and the new Nike trainers, made from a classic Liberty floral print. 

Monday, 2 February 2009

The Zine Scene.

Before the snow began to fall yesterday, I headed to the Alternative Press Fair, a gathering of illustrators, zine-makers, comic book creators and all those who laugh in the face of mass-production and consumerism. Publications vary endlessly in size, content and material- there is everything from photocopied leaflets about kittens, to hand sewn books on how to make do and mend.Don't worry if you missed it though, some of the best artists  exhibited, including Gemma Correll and Sarah Ray, will be showing their work at 'Girls who draw: Misfits and Miscellany' at the Exposure gallery, 22-23 Little Portland street, from today until 3rd March. If you fancy trying your hand at making your own zine, why not pop along to Goldsmith's Ladyfest on Thursday, where there will be a zine-making workshop, amongst other musical and creative delights. And I know this is a long way off, but if you start making your publication now, it should be ready by then- May 3rd is the date for the London Zine Symposium which will be at the Rag Factory in East London; see www.londonzinesymposium.org.uk   Should give you something to do until the snow thaws.
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