London exhibitions

July 23, 2013

A wee historic royal baby exhibition

Princess Maud's baby shoes c1869 (Queen of Norway) via WeeBirdy.comPrincess Maud’s baby shoes c1869 (Queen of Norway) © Museum of London.

As many of you know, London is one of my favourite cities in the world, due in no small part to its extraordinary layers of history. So it’s no surprise that as much as I adore the British Museum, the Museum of London is one of my favourite places to immerse myself in the history of the city, where London is absolute centrepiece.

Royal baby shoes in order of date via WeeBirdy.comRoyal baby shoes in order of date © Museum of London.

To celebrate the birth of Baby Cambridge, the museum has dug into its considerable archives to curate a fascinating collection of royal baby garments and accessories, spanning a period of 400 years of UK history.

Robe worn by Prince Albert Edward (Edward VII) c1841 via WeeBirdy.comRobe worn by Prince Albert Edward (Edward VII) c1841 © Museum of London.
Box of Royal baby shoes from the Museum of London via WeeBirdy.comBox of Royal baby shoes © Museum of London.
Close up of Prince of Wales Feathers on robe worn by Prince Albert Edward (Edward VII) c1841 2 © Museum of London via WeeBirdy.comClose up of Prince of Wales Feathers on robe worn by Prince Albert Edward © Museum of London.

There is a small but beautifully curated array of royal baby clothes and accessories, including a delicately embroidered skullcap worn by Charles I, a nursing robe thought to be used by Queen Victoria, and baby shoes emblazoned with the three feather insignia of her eldest son, Prince Albert Edward (later Edward VII).

It’s a brilliant insight into how royalty dressed their babies over the years (pointy shoes and all), and as far as teeny-tiny baby clothes go, it’s a wee sweetie of an exhibition.

Museum of London
A Royal Arrival

From 28 June to October 2013
Free admission
150 London Wall

London EC2Y 5HN
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August 14, 2012

Wee Birdy made the #DECOREX100 list!


I found out this morning that I made the #DECOREX100 list of the top 100 interior design influencers on Twitter, and I’m delighted to represent Australia along with fellow bloggers Interiors Addict, Amanda Talbot and The Design Files. Many thanks to those who voted for me.

The list of Twitter users includes interior designers, design brands, stores and websites as well as industry organisations, bloggers and magazines. It’s a great line-up of interiors insiders – check out the top 100 here.

Decorex International is a luxury interior design show and it will be held this year at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, between the 23rd and 26th of September.


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July 30, 2012

5 good things you should see (and buy) in London right now

1. The Animal Olympics
Can you see one of Charlotte Cory’s brilliantly bonkers artworks lining the centuries-old walls of Windsor Castle? Apparently it’s true, and word is that the Queen is a huge fan of the London artist. (I’d believe anything after her starring role in the James Bond skit). You can see what all the fuss is about at Charlotte’s current exhibition, ‘The Sporting Champions’ at her gallery in Greenwich. There are Victorian rabbit wrestlers, parrot cyclists and kangaroo cricketers, as well as hand-crafted Victorian medals. But where are the corgi beach volleyball players? Probably hanging her Her Maj’s bedroom. Until 20 August, 2012.
The Green Parrot Gallery
, Greenwich

73 Lassell Street
London SE10 9PJ
Nearest transport: Greenwich rail/Cutty Sark DLR
Click here for a Wee Birdy map.
Opening hours:
Fridays 11am-6pm

2. The Karl Olympics
Even the likes of iconic Chanel fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, couldn’t resist taking on the Olympics with a limited-edition capsule collection for Selfridges. His new pop-up shop on the third floor, named Team Karl, is home to a range of Olympics-inspired fashion and accessories including medal-emblazoned t-shirts and gold-splattered Karl motif tote bags. There are also a few men’s items currently available online.
Selfridges
400 Oxford Street
London W1A 1AB
Nearest tube: Bond Street
Click here for a Wee Birdy map
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Opening hours until Monday 13 August:

Monday to Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 10am-8pm
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3. The PopUp Olympics
Head to this pop-up shop in Greenwich throughout the Olympic period and discover some of London’s best designer-makers from Cockpit Arts and various studios. Take your pick from art prints, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, homewares, beauty products and lighting by the likes of Lorna Syson, MacMaster Design, Naomi Ryder and Siobhan McIntosh. Until Thursday 23 August, 2012.
PopUp@Greenwich
20 Nelson Street
London, SE10 9JB
Nearest transport: Greenwich rail/Cutty Sark DLR
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 12 noon-8pm
Sunday 12 noon-5pm


4. The Goodhood Olympics
Hackney is one of the host boroughs of the London Olympics, and it’s also home to some of London’s coolest and most fashion-forward boutiques, including The Goodhood Store. Based in Hoxton for over five years, the store stocks a line-up of covetable brands including P.A.M, Antipodium, Surface to Air and Peter Jensen. To celebrate the borough’s Olympic status, Goodhood has designed a limited-edition t-shirt, which goes on sale today in store and online for £35.
The Goodhood Store
41 Coronet Store
London N16HD
Nearest tube: Old Street
Click here for a Wee Birdy map.
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 11am-6.30pm
Sunday 12 noon-5pm
5. The Retro Olympics
London’s legendary vintage shop, Retro to Go, has gone for retro gold with their collection of original sportswear from the ’70s to ’90s, like this Olympic Karate t-shirt. Check out the range in store (there are three shops in London) or online.
Retro to Go
110-112 Cheshire Street
London E2 6EJ
Tel. 020 7613 3636
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
Click here for a Wee Birdy map.
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 10am-7pm
Thursday 10am to 8pm
Sunday 11.30am-6pm

Click here for the 25 best London Olympic Games souvenirs.
Click here for the best Union Jack souvenirs.

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May 25, 2012

Shopping in London: St Jude’s in the City pop-up

Another day, another pop-up shop. But this is one that you won’t want to miss – and it’s a Wee Birdy favourite, too. St Jude’s is a British-based company with two studios – one in Norfolk, England and the other in Morayshire, Scotland. Founded by Simon & Angie Lewin, the company collaborates with a variety of artists to design and produce a range of fabrics, wallpapers and other homewares.

I’ve been a long-time admirer of this little gem of a company and when we moved into our new flat in Sydney, I bought a pair of Angie Lewin’s beautiful dandelion print cushions and had them shipped over to remind me of the British countryside.

Many of Angie’s prints feature motifs inspired by nature – blossoms, seeds, berries, leaves, stems and stamens – that are distinctly British in style, and are reminiscent of mid-century designs.

Alongside St Jude’s range of artist-designed cushions, fabrics and wallpapers, Emily Sutton‘s ‘High Street’ series of original paintings will also be exhibited at the pop-up shop in central London, alongside new work by Mark Hearld and Angie Lewin.

Wee Birdy: Emily Sutton's high street

Each work portrays a traditional Victorian shopfront with the most exquisite details. Pigeons peck at crumbs outside the bakery and community notices are plastered all over the door of the pet shop. The paintings are available to purchase for £495 each.

Wee Birdy: Emily Sutton's High Street

Wee Birdy: Emily Sutton's High Street

Wee Birdy: Emily Sutton's High Street

And have a look at Emily’s series of birds, which I’ve never had an opportunity to showcase on Wee Birdy before.

These glorious hand-painted and hand-stitched birds were created for a past show, and have long since sold-out. I’m super-pleased to finally feature them here.

St Jude’s in The City
30 Tottenham Street
London W1
Nearest tube: Goodge Street
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 11am-6pm
until Friday 1 June 2012 daily


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September 28, 2009

Wee find: Tatty Devine’s Pearlies

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Loving the Pearly pieces from Tatty Devine's AW09 collection, Button Up, which pay tribute to the East End's royal dynasty of Pearly Kings and Queens. Reflecting the hand-crafted and emblematic hallmarks of a traditional Pearlie's costume, there are hand-stitched buttons adorning heart brooches, anchor necklaces and bow earrings, starting at £18.

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If you love all things Pearlie, then you might want to check out this incredible exhibition of Pearlie portraits (see top and below) by photographer Harry Dutton. It's currently on show in Tatty Devine's Brick Lane store. Just look at the detail in those costumes!

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Tatty Devine are donating £1 from every sale of a Pearly King brooch or necklace to charity through the Pearly Kings and Queens Association. Gorgeous graphic jewellery – and a perfect London souvenir!

Tatty Devine
236 Brick Lane
London E2 7EB
Tel. 020 7739 9191
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 11am-6pm
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

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September 4, 2009

Going, going … Walking in My Mind

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The wonderful Walking in my Mind exhibition at the Hayward Gallery closes on Sunday, so you might like to take advantage of tonight's late night opening (until 10pm) to check it out.

Yayoi Kusama's lifelong obsession with polka-dots is realised on a grand scale at the Hayward, with giant blow-up sculptures taking over one room and spilling out on to the sunny terrace. The red and white globules are dotted around the hyper-real green astroturf like super-sized ladybirds. Such a brilliant view (and an exceptionally nice place to park yourself for a bit of a gallery break)! 

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But most delightful, perhaps, is the sight of Yayoi's polka-dot emblazoned trees, lining the promenade along Southbank like a joyously infectious pox.

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I was also excited to see Yoshitomo Nara's little shed/bedroom/drawing room in all its creepy-kawaii-cuteness. It was a fascinating and voyeuristic insight into his world of sweet-and-sinister characters – not to mention an opportunity to peek at his awesome collection of kitsch figurines.

Yoshitomo Nara

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The other artists in the exhibition include Charles Avery, Thomas Hirschhorn, Bo Christian Larsson, Mark Manders, Jason Rhoades, Pipilotti Rist, Chiharu Shiota and Keith Tyson.

Walking in My Mind: Adventure into the artist's imagination
Hayward Gallery
Until 6 September 2009
10am-6pm (late night Friday until 10pm)
£9 adults
Nearest tube: Waterloo

Yoshitomo Nara My Drawing Room 2008, bedroom, (2009 installation), copyright the artist. Photography by Roger Wooldridge. Courtesy of The Hayward Gallery, 200


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