Thursday, 6 November 2014

Baby, it's cold inside..

I don't wanna sound all cliche and shit, but seriously, winter is coming. And if last winter was anything to go by, we're in for a freezer this year. You know, the Nile has frozen twice in history and I wouldn't be surprised if this winter would make it the third. 

One of the many good things about living in Egypt is the amount of sun a year we get, which is good cuz seriously, I hate feeling cold. The thing is, i swear, winter here feels colder than in the UK. Its a different kind of cold. That's what I've been telling everyone who looks at me like i'm crazy wearing long sleeve tops and massive cardies/ jackets. They're all like, 'your British, you should be used to it!' which i tell them a. I hate being even slightly cold and b. its a different kinda cold. UK, its like a crisp, fresh coldness on your skin. But here its different, like a desert cold, that gets right into your bones. PLUS in UK you can go back home to your cozy, central heated home. Here, the buildings are designed to keep the cool IN. So you'll find its actually warmer outside than inside. 

So anyway, that brings me to where I am right now. Sitting at work, at my desk, while clutching a scented candle for the only source of warmth. Also wishing that I had all the pieces in the below pix. 

Creatures of Comfort
Gareth Pugh
Haider Ackerman
Sonia Rykiel
Sonia Rykiel
Stella McCartney
Temperley of London - those boots!
The Row - omg YES!
Barbara Bui

*All pix from

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


I think I've found my new favorite designer! Or designers, in this case. Couple, Rebecca and Vedran, founded their label back in 2010 and named it Riyka. They are London based and make a point to use all of the highest quality fabrics that are locally sourced, recycled and/or organic materials.

Their simple yet edgy designs make use of geometric patterns, as well as vibrant contrasting colours. The laid back but put together look has been speaking to me for a while now. I’m all about casual comfort and the fact that sports lux is a big thing right now makes me happy. I've toned down my wardrobe quite considerably over the past year or two, my eye being drawn to simple shapes and silhouettes with minimal/block colour. It reminds me of my tomboy days and inspires me to getting cracking at my own designs. Seeing Riyka’s AW15 collection gives me the inspiration I need to center on what I really love about clothes. These are timeless and I want every single piece! Surprisingly, they are also quite affordable, ranging from £40 to £150. I like!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Tristan Pigott

While Tumblring (that should be a word. It rolls) I stumbled on a piece of art work that caught my eye and made me smile. I love this guys style; his paintings are clean and crisp, realistic but ambiguous at the same time. I could imagine myself sitting on the seats opposite them on a dreary eyed Sunday morning on my way back from east to west Croydon after a messy one. The pouring of wine into a plant? hmm, it makes me wonder, but do I care? Kind of. What a waste, though I may add to that leak on the floor with a load of red from my insides if she continues. Looks like the guy next to her is about to do the same.

So this painting inspired me to find out the artist and check out some of his other work. I had a good feeling I wouldn't be disappointed. 

This is Tristan Pigott, a London based artist, exploring human characteristics in the present day, primarily using fashion to communicate this, and depicted with a sense of surrealism, proportion and humor. Basically, I love it. 

"It’s important to me that my paintings are personal, even when I’m exploring something that can be as transparent as a person’s socially constructed front, such as their fashion, or the clothes they wear. The way I make them personal is by carefully selecting the models I choose to paint, whether they are friends or family. I aim to create ambiguous work, which draws the viewer in, allowing them to spend time working out the different connotations of the surreal narratives I've created."


Saturday, 26 April 2014

Negative Space

I stumbled across this guys art work and had to share it! I love love love it, plus he has really cool name. Mungo Thomson. 

I know this project of his is kind of old (2008) but its a goodie and I haven't seen it before. The project is called 'Negative Space' and presents a variation of his work, which as he puts it, “came out of reflecting on the color of nothing; in outer space the void is black, and in the art context the void – the empty gallery – is always white.

Cool how its all portrayed in public spaces and a book!

Thomson used archive images of starscape photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope which he then downloaded the copyright-free images and inverting them with a simple Photoshop tool. The result is a spectacular starburst that looks more like a close-up of minerals or marble than space debris. 

His work explores mass culture, cosmology, and reception with economy and wit. Check him out!


Monday, 31 March 2014

D-CAF: Hassan Khan

What I miss most of all is the accessibility of art here in Cairo. I know its around and things are happening and there is a lot of crazy good artistic talent that is both cemented and up-and-coming, but if you have not got your finger on that pulse it is hard to keep up; well for me anyway. Instead of going to art galleries, sometimes, or mostly, a raw public space is the perfect place to showcase art. This one is utilizing the front of shops down the Kodak Passageway just off Adly St, just tucked to the side in bussiling Downtown.

As this exhibition was the only event happening under visual arts at D-CAF (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival), I had to go; but also cuz it was Hassan Khan, one of the early influencers of Egyptian modern art. Though more internationally celebrated, this was the first time for him to survey so much of his work in Egypt. His creations span over time and medium, from the early nineties up until now, experimenting with music, video, sculpture, portraiture and writing.
So, we got there a little late but it was fine. People were hanging out outside, the shop shining from inside out with its temporary gallery face lift. Inside was quiet apart from the movement of feet and Mr Khan's voice giving a TV interview. We circled the room, observing the pieces on display, questioning each other on what  the thought behind each piece could be. To be honest, we had fun with this because everything was so random. Perhaps getting people to wonder and discuss was part of the aim of this exhibit, as there were no explanations to any of the pieces. I asked a few questions to the exhibition staff, who were very friendly and helpful, but it was a good job I researched a little before hand.
Sculpted oxymoron. Glass which is fragile and could smash into a million pieces by a slip of a finger, depicts a piece of thick rope tied in a knot, which one would think is strong, sturdy and unbreakable; it could signify what ever you want it to.
The alphabet book. When I saw it, I liked it, but I didn't understand it. The pictures with each letter were abstract and for many, I could not find a link between the image and the letter. Searching about it now, I know that Khan's idea was to take inspiration from his actual dreams, take an image from that and match it to each letter of the alphabet. I'd like to re look at that book now and delve into his psych with new understanding.
Video & Text '17 and in AUC.' I sat for a few minutes in front of a tiny TV set and squeezed the headphones to my ears. What I was watching was Khan pace around a mirrored room, being filmed and unknowingly watched by people from the outside. For 14 days, Khan spent his time in this room, smoking, drinking and chatting to himself, a verbal diary of sorts. During this time and through booze influenced monologue, which some would say is when you are at your most truthful, he reflects/attacks on his time spent attending the AUC, one of Cairo's most prestigious universities. Next to the TV was a display of books (which I had to make sure wasn't an art installation) which have every word uttered by Khan in those 14 days written from top to bottom of each page.
The Twist (2012) stood at the center of the room; an iron coated steel structure, that depicts a circular form 'that begins and ends with itself.'

The Exhibition runs from 31st March to 26th April 2014 and like all things of real worth, its FREE.
If your interested, check these out too>>

Artists Walk Through of Exhibition with Hassan Khan
Kodak Passageway
4th April - 10am
Register at (limited spaces)

Artists Talk with Hassan Khan
Cairo Atelier
9th April - 6pm

'The Artist as a Portrait of a Young Man' - talk by Nadia Ghouse
Oriental Hall, AUC
22nd April - 6pm

Taraban - Music by Hassan Khan
Falaki Theatre
26th April - 8pm