A few weeks ago I decided that I would like to try and master cake decorating. I have always loved baking, so I thought, this is just the next step. So with decorating instruction book in hand (I love instructions and lists. If you have them, use them!) I sketched out my final design the evening before and made a detailed list, then took myself off to Sainsburys to purchase my required items. I evicted husband, toddler and all cats from the house so I could concentrate and 6 hours later, I was finished.
So, here is the result. I was quiet proud of myself to be honest. I will never be as good as a professional but not bad for a first proper go.
The baking bit
I made the roses and the chocolate leaves the night before.
The best bit about this is that I inspired Louise to get baking and creative and I love the result.
Richard Hamilton, the original pop artist, died yesterday at the age of 89.
Hamilton wrote Modern art should be “Popular (designed for a mass audience), Transient (short-term solution), Expendable (easily forgotten), Low-cost, Mass-produced, Young (aimed at youth), Witty, Sexy, Gimmicky, Glamorous, Big Business.”
Hamilton used a wide range of materials and media from found objects, paint, typography, collage, print, digital, screen print, photography and various software, to reflect the culture of the time. One of his most well known works is his 1956 collage ‘Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?’
Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?
Features Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones and Hamilton’s art dealer, Robert Fraser who were given ‘swingeing’ sentences by a judge for possession and use of illegal drugs as a deterrent to others.
Hamilton’s work perfectly reflects the times in which they were produced, with a wonderfully original spin.
Posted by Melissa Henderson on Wednesday 14th of September 2011 at 10:58am
American Psycho is a 2000 cult thriller film staring Christian Bale and directed by Mary Harron based on Bret Easton Ellis’s novel of the same name. I don’t like the film particularly, I’m not that keen on horror or psychological thrilly things. To be honest I prefer the Pixar movies when I have to choose.
There is one particular scene that I love (shown below). The main character is in a meeting with his peers (who also happen to be his arch rivals). The main character – Patrick Bateman and his shallow co-workers are pitting their business cards against eachother, debating the merits of bone, eggshell, and off-white card – fonts and letterpress finishes. Bateman panics when he realizes a friend’s card is better than his because of its stylish superiority. At the end of the film my wife commented about this particular scene and how it showed the messed up character and his twisted obsession with his business card and how the scene was very creepy.
I stopped and was a bit taken aback.
From my own personal point of view, the discussion in the office had been the most normal thing IN the film. In a cinematic journey through psychotic murder in the most brutal way I thought that particular scene was to illustrate the normality of the situation. The internal monologue of Bateman mirroring the same voices in my head when I receive someone else’s business card (or other literature). Feels like uncoated 180gsm with a mat lamination on one side, 5 colour (you can’t get THAT blue out of 4 colours!) with a Spot Varnish for the Logo. Thats what goes through my head.