Thursday, 6 November 2014

Art to see Winter 2014
Here's a few (quite a lot!) of exhibitions I'd love to see around England this Winter, some are open now & others don't open till next year.

The 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet at the Quilt Museum, York

Helena’s Dream, Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas at Tate Modern


Giovanni Bautista Moroni at the Royal Academy

Image of the Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination poster

 Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library

 Phyllida Barlow at Tate Britain


Richard Diebenkorn at the Royal Academy

 Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude at the Courtauld Gallery

It's a Wrap: Japanese Furoshiki Past & Present at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

 Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace

Carr carousel_totem

From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

 Richard Tuttle, Walking on Air

Richard Tuttle: I don't know. The weave of textile language at Whitechapel & his Turbine Hall installation at Tate Modern

Howard Hodgkin: Green Thoughts at Alan Cristea

Edward Bawden, Graves Gallery, Sheffield

The Sensory War 1914-2014

The Sensory War at Manchester Art Gallery

Cornelia Parker & everything else at the soon to reopen (14 February 2015) Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Carlos Bunga
 Artes Mundi 6 at National Museum Cardiff, Chapter & Ffotogallery

Conflicts and Collisions Web Crop

Conflict & Collisions: New Contemporary Sculpture at the Hepworth, Wakefield

 Ursula Von Rydingsvard at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

What exhibitions do you want to see?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Podcast Love

While waiting for the new episode of Serial to drop I thought I'd list a few of my fave podcasts I love to listen to:-

A new series podcast dealing with one story over the course of 12+ episodes. This 'season' on Serial is dealing with a high school murder case from 1999, is he guilty? is he innoncent? who knows? as the creators are making it while we speak!

Listen to:  The whole series - it's addictive!

This American Life                                            
There's so many amazing stories of different walks of life on 'This American Life' and all back episodes dating back to 1995 are online, hours of listening fun!

                         Adam and Joe               
For fun, giggles, song wars, made up jokes, waffles & boggins there's always Adam & Joe, even though there's no more new Adam & Joe (please come back!) you can still listen to old episodes, yay!
Listen to: Denny Different (with special guest the Queen & Royal Wedding Song Wars!)


New Yorker: Out Loud                                            
The New Yorker: Out Loud is great for small nuggets of cool stories, culture, news, art, music all taken from that weeks New Yorker magazine.

Listen to: Hector Tobar on the Chilean Mine Disaster

   Ask Me Another
Love quizzes, trivia, puzzles & puns? check out Ask Me Another, recorded live in front of a studio audience in Brooklyn & around the US, contestants take part in fun quizzes compered by the comedian Ophira Eisenberg, her musical sidekick Jonathan Coulton & puzzle guru Art Chung!

   Graham Norton
Love Graham's chat show? his podcast of his radio 2 show
has mostly lesser-known guests but the same fun-talk & and get some great advice from Grill Graham!

Listen to:  The latest few episodes...

NHS Couch to 5K                                                                                                        
I've always thought I could be good at running (yeah right!) I just have to get up from the couch. Well this NHS podcast 'Couch to 5K' might just help me do it, it tells you when to run, when to walk and builds up each week. {There's also an app so you can listen to your own music while running/walking!}

What are your fave podcasts?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

August Instagram Diary


Here's my favourite moments of August 2014 through my Instagram:
Rubha Huinish on Skye Birthday Walk where we spotted seals & minke whales, Visited the oldest inn on Skye, London Map drawing for my sister's birthday present...


Packing up an Oscar Wilde Print order from my Louise Norman Studio shop to be sent to Dublin, Packing wooden game orders from my vintage Beautifunk shop, making Merci thank you cards...


Creating a new confetti sprinkle tote bag, Beautiful Tiled walls at Sheffield Library, Wrapping mini presents in origami paper...


Walking in the Peak District, Visiting Chatsworth & a sneak preview of the new 'Beyond Limits' sculpture exhibition and visiting the beautiful 'Heights Chapel', Delph, Saddleworth for lots of family history.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Blue & pink hydrangeas looking fabulous

I'm finally on instagram, I love taking photos of whatever grabs my eye whether it's something that inspires me, pictures of my work for promotion, natural awesomeness or things that are just plain funny! & now I get to share them through instagram, which is already making me take better pictures! Here's a few of my favourite first few posts:-

Getting used to all this hot weather & making ice cream washi tape cards for my shop 

Wasps may be a bit scary but they're also amazingly clever they built this extension onto the shed in my garden!

Sewing bird beaks on a Sunday afternoon 

Skye Sea Map Painting

I'm also sharing my instagram photos on my twitter & I've started posting them on my old tumblr which I'm using again! Are you on instagram? My username is louisenormanstudio why not follow me for art, illustration, nature and little everyday adventures. Who's photos do you love to follow? 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Istanbul Day 4

My last day in Istanbul (see day 1, day 2 & day 3) was spent going to the Archaelogy Museum, walking through the spice market & around the old quarter & seeing the Blue Mosque one last time! Here's a few things I saw:-

Amazing heads & the oldest love poem....

The tiled pavilion...

Beautiful Doors & Gates...

Carved Tombs...

 Amazing heads on Sarcophagi...

 Carvings & students drawing....

 More heads and ancient jugs...

Old writing systems and old patterns that could be still used today...

Small collections & beautifully patterned jugs...

More mosques...

 Chillies, Sponges & Sausages in the Egyptian Spice Market....

 Beautiful Old Wooden & Brick Buildings & Stray Cats in Gardens...

A different view of the Blue Mosque....

 Last minute look at the unbelievable Blue Mosque.

Thanks Istanbul for sharing all your great treasures!