Exhibition: Barbara Brown

Location: The Whitworth, Manchester

Date: Until January 2018

Details: Barbara Brown was the golden girl of Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s. Talent-spotted as a student, her designs for furnishing fabrics are some of the most striking and unusual ever produced in the 20th century and won awards from the Council of Industrial Design. This is the first major solo exhibition of her work in the UK.

Image credit: Barbara Brown

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Rotterdam’s cubic houses

Petra is Gone - wondering and wandering

I’ve been in Rotterdam several times as being known as a different city from the rest of The Netherlands. The city was destroyed during WW2 and it was rebuilt keeping in some parts the common Dutch architecture, but the main landscape consists of sky scrapers and modern buildings. The part I like most is the harbor near Erasmus bridge, most probably because you have a lot of space and you can see the clear sky without moving too much.

We had again a small trip recently in the city and this time I discovered the cubic houses from Blaak. I’ve been in the area each time I’ve visited Rotterdam, but never went in the area under the houses, a passage called OverBlaak, giving an impressive view of the houses. The form of the houses arouses a lot of curiosity and the head is starting spinning a little bit due to…

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Not everyone’s cup of tea!

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In the south or Brazil, and Argentina and neighbouring countries, it is common to see people walking with large “thermos”* vacuum flasks. It seems an odd sight but it’s a frequent one even in the shopping areas of large cities like Buenos Aires or small towns such as Gramado or Canela.

What was behind this strange behaviour?

This is gaucho country and gauchos have a habit of drinking erva-mate, or chimarrão, a type of tea traditionally drunk from a calabash gourd though a silver straw. Erva denotes a herbal tea, while mate, or mati, denotes the pot i.e. the gourd in which it is served, though also infers the tea itself.

This drink was adopted by the Spanish and Portuguese colonists who found the indigenous guarani drinking it on a regular basis. Gauchos, the cowboys that roamed the grasslands, would (and still do) ride and sip from their gourds while…

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Beauty Amongst the Rubble

Barbara Youngleson's PhotoBlog | Fine Art Photography

Valparaíso Graffiti IStreet photography often rewards you with surprises and incongruous scenes.   Patience and a little bit of luck are definitely required!  Valparaiso, Chile.

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Einstein — Bexy

‘We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.’ ~ Albert Einstein

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It’s Never Too Late to Dance

Dancing Forward

I would so like to move on…dance forward, share with you the wonders of learning to dance at any and all ages. But each time I take a restorative leave of absence from the constant anxiety -producing breaking news to do this, I am thrown backward. Every day is becoming a breaking news day. Anxiety—domestic and international—increases exponentially, eroding bodily health on every level. I cannot keep up. As a cancer survivor well into my 7th decade, I have had to repeatedly take a leave of absence to restore equilibrium to my body, mind and heart. Each time I get a period of remove and try to write, a new and horrifying event, emanating from this administration, occurs. This white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, lacking proper condemnation by the president of the land of the free, the home of the brave, is the latest.

Katherine Fritz has covered…

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