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In the Heart of Brixton

If you’ve been anywhere near Coldharbour Lane in Brixton over the past couple of weeks then you may have already spotted Turpentine, the new ‘creative retail hub’ which offers a whole host of goodies which have been handmade.
The store – formed by Amber Rogers, Alice Waters and Judith de Berker – originated as a pop-up, selling indie craft, art and giftware, and has now evolved into a shop with its very own permanent residence at 433 Coldharbour Lane. Their cute and quirky items have been created by almost 50 ‘indie-makers’ and range from £15 to £50 – so there’s something to suit every budget!
What’s even better, The Turpentine will run evening and weekend workshops on all sorts of arts & crafts, from jewellery-making and floristry to life-drawing and photography – all led by co-founder Judith de Berker, who attended Central St. Martins.
Pop on by to see it for yourself!

Picasso to Warhol

Well the weather outside is frightful but inside the Fashion and Textiles museum is a rather delightful display of artist’s textiles. This new exhibition traces the history of art in textiles throughout the 20th century, showcasing examples of work from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol. The result is a dazzling display of colourful, intriguing and inspiring textile design.
 There are cute lipsticks from Zandra Rhodes, simple bullfighting illustrations from Picasso, bugs from Andy Warhol and every pattern in between proving that impressive art doesn’t just have to hang on the walls of imposing museums. Textiles are often overlooked in the world of art but this collection rightly demonstrates that an artist’s talent and eye for detail is just as strong in fabric form. This bright and clever exhibition is certain to brighten up a drab and dreary afternoon. 
 Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol is on at the Fashion and Textiles Museum from 31 January – 17 May
By Amy Peck  

Weekly Round Up

We’re almost seeing the back of one of the most relentless month (bye January) and after all that planning for 2014, what better time to put plans into action and explore some new stuff. Whether it’s a cocktail, cuisine, theatre or an exhibition, there’s lots to be sampled out there. Off we trot…

EAT some Peruvian cuisine at Andina. This is the Shoreditch offshoot from the guys behind one of 2013’s most poular London restaurants, Cevice. The décor’s fun and rustic and brunch comes in the form of a fab menu that includes toasted barley, linseed, plantain leaf, horsetail tincture, alfalfa sprouts and quince. Who says you can’t feast and not break the Jabuary healthy eating regime.

DRINK Gin in a Gin Palace. Yep, you heard that right. A palace that serves gin, plus it’s in a pie and mash shop on Broadway Market. The latest pop up to occupy the striking F.Cooke Pie & Mash, is Peter’s Gin Palace who claim, “It’s literally impossible to be depressed when you’re drinking gin.” We’ll gladly take their word for it and head on over to combat those January blues. Open Thursday to Saturday, from 7pm until late.

SUPPORT a small theatre. The Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell is currently showing Shakespeare’s bloodbath tale of violent greed and ego, Richard III. Directed by Gavin Harrington-Odedra, this is an original production and a great chance to get to know the theatre and enjoy a corker of a play.

INVEST in a new wardrobe staple from brilliant Ukrainian designer Yasya Minochkina’s S/S 2014 collection. Easy to wear but striking, this collection is modern but will stand the test of time because of Minochkina’s eye for structure and use of fabrics such as delicately woven silk. This is comfortably one of the most exciting collections we stumbled upon during London Fashion week and every piece is stunning.

LOOK at the two great speakers added to Liverpool Sound City (1-3). The Velvet Underground’s John Cale and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. This year’s conference is set to attract 45000 people to lovely Liverpool and it’s no surprise with guest speakers like that.

SEE the abstract and lithographic prints of Ellsworth Kelly at the Ingelby Gallery, Edinburgh until 11 February. This retrospective spans over 40 years and contains Kelly’s deceptively simple work. Kelly’s work is powerful and uncompromising, which is one of the reasons he’s one of a few remaining figureheads of American abstract painting.

ENJOY the work of photographer Viviane Sasson’s series Flamboya. Taken on her travels in Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia this photo set is striking and uplifting. Sasson has worked with fashion houses such as Craven and Misooni and her crisp bold style’s instantly appealing on the eye.

CELEBRATE Peckham Springs being back in action at Sassoon Gallery. A bar and gallery under the arches (with a BBQ in summer), they host a range of events and are open until late at weekends. See you there!

By Kerry Flint

Weekly Round Up

This week we’re still feeling festive, and there’s an overwhelming abundance to see, hear and sample. From art and crafts to vinyl and beer. Go be merry… 
VISIT the London Illustration Fair at Hoxton Arches, London, from today until Sunday (29th-30th November). A range of illustrators will be selling their work so go along to meet some talented people including Cassandra Yap (above), gather some inspiration and maybe even purchase some special Christmas presents.

LISTEN & DRINK at the only place to be this Saturday, 30th November. At Spitalfields, London, there will be an abundance of beer and records on offer. What a combination! The London Brewers Market includes a range of London’s breweries and, as if that wasn’t exciting enough, the renowned The Independent Label market, which will have over 80 independent labels present, is taking place. This is a unique opportunity to discover and support new independent artists and beers. Get down and try and purchase limited edition vinyl and craft beer for yourself, or as a fantastic Christmas present.
WATCH the gripping new UK film, In Fear. Lost on their way to an Irish music festival Tom (Iain de Caestecker) and Lucy (Alice Englert) encounter some very creepy happenings. Interesting set-ups, a sparse plot and good acting make this new offering from director Jeremy Lovering a much wanted indicator of hope for the UK film industry. 
LISTEN to Manchester female foursome Pins, Christmas song. Even the most festive tune hating amongst you will be mesmerised by this jingle. These northerners are definitely ones to watch in 2014 and you can download this track from UrbanOutfitters.
BUY some silly fun knitwear now the temperatures are set to drop. Bedroom Factory Knits offer a range of fun accessories, from dinosaur bobble hats to flamingo scarfs, that are bound to make the gloomiest gloomster smile, no matter how gloomy the weather. They will be at the Brighton Craftaganza this weekend so go along and say hi. The Craftaganza will be held on Sat 30th Nov / Sun 1st Dec and Sat 7th Dec / Sun 8th Dec
By Kerry Flint

Taste The Tube

Ever wondered what your tube stop would taste like if it were a flavour? No, nor had we, but now we can see what it would taste like anyway…  
James Winnerton, who suffers from a rare condition called synaesthesia tastes words when he hears or reads them and made it his life mission to complete the tube map with each and every flavour.   
Some are nice, such as Chocolate Digestives (which is Covent Garden to me or you) whilst others don’t conjure up the nicest thoughts, like Putrid Meat (Kilburn). 
 It does make us a little peckish though! What does your Tube stop taste like

What We’re Listening To…

The Vaccines have risen through the ranks pretty quickly since 2010. Their debut album ‘What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?’ was sealed with the initial charm that attracted fans, but on the follow up they kicked it up a gear, elongating the short, sharp bursts of intense pop rock that appeared on their debut effort. Second album, ‘Come of Age’ disappointed some fans, but you’re never going to please everybody. 
The London four-piece announced details of their latest EP ‘Melody Calling’ recently, and the title track from this has been rattling around our minds ever since the first play. Recorded in LA, the American influence is tangible but this is a band who has not allowed themselves to lose their heads in LA.

The track is different from what we’ve heard before, and it certainly boasts palm trees and exotic vibes. The hooks may be more laidback, but still as catchy as The Vaccines never fail to conjure up. Whilst die-hard fans will dig this, others may be quick to dismiss it. Here’s one word of advice; put your doubts to one side, The Vaccines may have taken a more scenic route but they will still reign victorious when they finally release a third album. Mark our words.

By Lauren Wade

What We’re Listening To…

Wolf Alice’s smash hit single Fluffy has been floating around for a few months, yet it’s impossible to tear yourself away from their early punk/grunge layered sound for too long. One user on the band’s Soundcloud account commented that they’re happy bands are “still making music like this” and this sums up our feelings about the London four-piece in one.     
With talk of “searching for cheap thrills” and selling souls, lead singer Ellie Rowsell paints an apathetic picture, but it’s not all doom’n’gloom. The group’s distinct brand of moody grooves packs a punch with clattering drums, ferocious riffs and searing guitars that save the track from wallowing in its own despair.   

North London’s finest will be pitching their tents at End Of The Road Festival in Dorset this August, so if you fancy grooving to their tunes, this festival is the place to be.   
By Lauren Wade

Something for the weekend…

If you’re at a loose end this weekend, why not head over to the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey?

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the museum opening its doors, fashion legend Zandra Rhodes has just opened Zandra Rhodes: Unseen – a collection of the work that has influenced the fashion industry for more than 50 years.
On display are her beautifully designed dresses, illustrations and patterns that inspired her work. If you ever wanted to figure out her creative process, here’s the place to do it! There’s a mixture of her well known collections, as well as little gems you may not have seen before.

We especially loved her Sketchbook Dresses, the designs of which were taken directly from her own sketchbooks. 

On display around the exhibition are also the winning designs from the 5th Annual Student Wallpaper Competition.

The exhibition is open 11am to 6pm on Tues-Sat and runs until the 31st August. Entry is £8 or £5.50 for concessions.

What we’re listening to…

Icelandic twin sisters Jófríður and Ásthildur form the band Pascal Pinon. The name itself is a subtle variation of Pasqual Pinon, known as the Two-Headed Mexican, a circus performer from Texas in the 1900s who was basically a bit of a freakshow. Yet there’s nothing freaky about Pascal Pinon and certainly there’s no link between that and their music, but it does show their sense of humour that they play on the fact that they are just so closely linked together as sisters. 
The girls who are from Reykjavík in Iceland are eighteen and are in school studying classical music. Though they have expressed their love and talent for writing from a very early age, apparently they used to dictate poems, songs and stories to their parents who would then record them and started writing and producing music together aged fourteen. 
Twosomeness is their second album. Using each others strengths and weaknesses, Jófríður excels at the song writing and Ásthildur concentrates on the arrangements, backing vocals and playing instruments. And both their skills combined they make some pretty special songs. 
Take a look at their talent here in their video for Bloom taken from Twosomeness.
They’re next playing live at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen in London on May 29. Buy tickets here and download their music on iTunes.

By Melodie Walter

Something for the Weekend…

Roll up, roll up! Fancy injecting some circus themed fun into your weekend, of course you do! Well you’re in luck, as this Saturday The Ric Rac Club is holding it’s very own forties themed circus party!
Located at their new home at the Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker, you can expect DJ sets, cocktails and a performance from acclaimed contortion artist, Stefanie Valentine – it’s the perfect way to spend your weekend!

Pre sale tickets are £6 (plus booking fee) and are available from here… sequins, feathers and showgirl encouraged! 

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