A round-up of some of the blog posts, articles and sites that have intrigued and informed me this week…..
Loved this blog post on One Bunting Away – even I, whose craft projects are usually closer to occupational therapy than art, think I could make this and I can’t wait for our next beach walk to see what flotsam and jetsam I find.
In a similarly crafty vein, while on holiday in Dorset recently we visited the American Museum at Bath which was holding a special exhibition of the work of Kaffe Fassett, textile artist extraordinaire – although that doesn’t really do justic to his quilts, fabric designs, knitting and needlepoint. Walking up to the exhibition space I loved the yarn-bombing of trees and lamposts. On until the 2nd November, if you get the chance to go, you too can be overwhelmed by this man’s amazing eye for colour.
I read all of David Sedaris’ New Yorker pieces and loved this one about the joys, and downsides, of the rite of middle-aged passage that is the acquisition of a guest room. Our tiny workman’s cottage in the centre of Edinburgh doesn’t have one and right now it isn’t enough of a lure to make us forgo the perks of city-centre living. Also, we once worked with David handling his booksales and signings when he did a run at the Edinburgh Festival and he is one of the loveliest authors I have ever worked with.
Another writer who falls into my top ten Lovely People is Alexander McCall Smith and having read this Guardian article I can’t wait to see his new opera about Anthony Blunt, spy and surveyor of the Queen’s paintings. Or to read his reimagined version of Jane Austen’s Emma.
We’re huge fans of The Great British Bake Off – well I am at least – and I found this look at the behind the scenes reality of filming really interesting. Was hoping that there would be scandalous gossip about the marvellous Mary Berry but sadly not.
On a serious note, this piece in the London Review of Books by Helen DeWitt about her experiences of being stalking was beautifully written and chilling, particularly because it avoided any sensationalism.