Metamorphose – colour meets fashion in Shoreditch

Metamorphose at tokyobike

I’m a big fan of colour, especially in the depths of what we laughingly call winter when it rains every day. I like to see pictures that zing off the wall at you, that won’t let you walk past without noticing them. It’s a little bit of cheer in the dark wet days. Which is why I enjoyed the Metamorphose exhibition, which showcases a new collection of collages by Kaoru Sato made from a series of street style photographs by collaborator Yu Fujiwara. Because, as you can see, they are mega-colourful and definitely in your face. Continue reading

Kintsugi lacquer repair – when broken is better than new

Kintsugi lacquer repair

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending pots. Not mending them in the way you’d imagine – so you can’t see they were ever broken. No, it’s mending them in a way that makes a feature of their brokenness, celebrates and enhances it, so that the broken and mended piece becomes more beautiful and valuable than before. It turns our ideas about the meaning of damage and imperfection on their heads. I’ve just been to see a kintsugi artist in action. Continue reading

Zen cycles in Shoreditch – tokyobike

tokyobike windowOn the corner of Tabernacle St in Shoreditch, where it meets Old St, just down from what is now known as Silicon Roundabout, there is a cycle shop with a zen-like air of peace and tranquility called tokyobike. It’s easy to spot from the casually precise row of coloured bikes lined up outside. Continue reading