glasgow school of art library

tea vicarIt is more important than anything that no human life was lost but to very many people the Mac. Building was a like a dear friend. Thanks to the Scottish fire service’s work it is badly hurt but still breathing.

 

It might seem trivial compared to everything else but Tableware International back issues from the 1970s were all kept in the GSA Mac. library, [not to mention the Studio journals]. It is a sad loss because unlike the library itself they’ll never be replaced. I pored over those pages for many hours whilst writing my dissertation. Like Japanese temples the Art School will be rebuilt but who’ll give faded pictures of 1970s tableware a second thought?

 

 

Everyone who studied in the Mackintosh building has private and personal memories of the place. Remember the toilets where painters used to wash their brushes leaving smeary, spattered colours behind? The damp cloth hand towels that should have rotated but were perpetually stuck in one position? The toilets were replaced in the “modernisations” that heralded the closure of the ceramics department. These are the liminal spaces now lost except in living memories.Is it possible to comprehend the fact that everything turns to dust in the end?

 

Or maybe they had already moved to the main library…gsa blog

 

singapore

Long Forgotten Holiday

First trip to Singapore, the highlight for me is the amazing architecture, both contemporary and historical, much of which [unlike Hong Kong] has not been obliterated by developers. My favourite place is the once popular, now somewhat faded, Haw Par villa and the Tiger Balm garden that would certainly not have survived to the present day in Hong Kong. The imaginative use of concrete echoing le Corbusier’s fascination with the versatile and, in his day, cutting edge material providing a pleasure ground created by the Tiger Balm director with the goal of illustrating consequences of debauchery and other such activities resulting in immediate despatch to hell.

 

 

concrete pigeons
concrete pigeons
concrete owl
concrete owl
old goat
old goat
gorgeous lurid ice cream shades
gorgeous lurid ice cream shades
In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
weapons of torture
weapons of torture
might be a good idea to avoid eye contact
might be a good idea to avoid eye contact
something demonic?
something demonic?

 

 

 

 

be mine

Apparently the first time in nineteen years that Western and Chinese valentine’s day have coincided. The sun shone and the ciritique group shared cakes and wine in the studio whilst watching the graffiti movie Bomb It. Artist Fuckin Revs says, “I’m not really into people too much” but he seems to be happy with his dog.

 

the stray cat who lives at the Wan Chai gap relaxing for a while in the warmth of  february sunshine
the stray cat who lives at the Wan Chai gap relaxing for a while in the warmth of february sunshine
there's something about the appearance of cakes that makes them so appealing...they're like cute children tucked up in bed in Hansel and Gretal's cottage in the woods, just waiting for the witch to come and eat them! Cosy but sinister.
there’s something about the appearance of cakes that makes them so appealing…they’re like cute children tucked up in bed in Hansel and Gretal’s cottage in the woods, just waiting for the witch to come and eat them! Cosy but with a slight air of menace.

 

icicle

Maybe a slight [3 days so far of 6-7 degrees centigrade in the studio and no heating my nose certainly feels like one] exaggeration…I’m trying to enjoy the rare moments of cold weather but seriously Hong Kong I’ve had enough now, time to warm up! Even the kiln firing has little impact.

Managed to finish the pendants before Chinese New Year  and need to really knuckle down now for G.O.D. – much to do…

happy new year of the horse!
happy new year of the horse!

beijing weekend

Friday…A visit to Beijing to join in Buro Happold’s Beijing office Chinese New Year party. Tasty meal infused with baijiu followed by karaoke. Saturday…A walk through the winter sunshine to have lunch at Capital M followed by a return to the restaurant on the underground to collect lost spectacles – argh! Sunday afternoon back to Hong Kong.

sunny Hong Kong view from the airport express bus
sunny Hong Kong view from the airport express bus
baijiu being poured, for some people the rest of the night was a blur [a happy one]
baijiu being poured, for some people the rest of the night was a blur [a happy one]
winter tree
winter tree

 

 

salted caramel fool...who knew that sugar could be so dangerous?!
salted caramel fool…who knew that sugar could be so dangerous?!
city sunset, Beijing style
city sunset, Beijing style