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LL Exhibition Choice: Ruth Franklin, Sculptor

 

 

Mr & Mrs

 

“It’s only in later life that you become interested in your family,” Ruth Franklin admitted to me when I visited her exhibition of sculpture CURLERS & CUTS in Whitechapel yesterday, “when you are young you want to rebel against them.” Over a century ago, Ruth’s grandparents on her mother’s side came from Russia and her grandparents on her father’s side came from Poland, and they all ended up in the East End where Ruth’s father, Alfred, was born in Leslie St in Mile End.

 

Alfred became a successful hairdresser and wigmaker in the West End and Ruth remembers her Russian-speaking granny, a seamstress who lived upstairs when Ruth was a child and taught her to swear in Russian. “It’s exciting to be creating work that celebrates my family,” Ruth announced as we stood surrounded by her sculptures, which are vivid and emotional evocations of her forebears’ professions.

 

“They came with nothing,” Ruth informed me as I leaned over to examine her intricately-wrought constructions, made from humble materials and recalling the tools and working practices of tailoring and hairdressing. The painstaking manufacture of some of these sculptures is a reflection of the care required to fashion clothing and hairstyles, and – inevitably – these objects take on anthropomorphic personalities. They remind us of the intimate nature of such endeavours, since the cut of clothes and styling of hair are the means by which we present ourselves to the world.

 

Equally, there is a childlike quality to the notion of making models of machines in paper, almost like toys, and of fabricating primitive dolls out of old tools, which imbues Ruth’s work with pathos. We come into the world with nothing and we leave with nothing but, in between, these people laboured with their hands to make others look their best and earn a modest living by it. Ruth Franklin’s tender sculptures honour those whose hard work delivered her into existence.

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More info from Spitalfields Life http://spitalfieldslife.com/2015/08/06/ruth-franklin-sculptor/

 

and here https://www.ideastore.co.uk/idea-stores-whitechapel-gallery

  

And how to find this Whitechapel Exhibition

https://www.ideastore.co.uk/idea-store-whitechapel

 

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Booking for 2015’s Open House Weekend opens shortly

The list of venues opening for this year’s Open House Weekend will be revealed next Friday (14th Aug).

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Redemption Restaurant/Bar

At Redemption, we are creating a space away from temptation that still feels like a treat

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Opening its permanent home in Notting Hill

August 10

Can’t wait to visit!

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Tramp Press Editor on Ireland’s Movement

Sarah Davis Goff of Tramp Press on Sara Baume, Belinda McKeon, and the confluence of ballsy publishers and talented writers in Ireland today.

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Bosnia: Incredibly Intricate Sculptures Carved from the Tips of Pencils

“Ever since he was a child, Jasenko Đorđević (aka @TOLDart) has been drawn to miniatures. As an adult, this fascination grew, leading the him to develop an incredible craft carving intricate sculptures from an unconventional material—graphite. Now, Đorđević transforms the tips of pencils into small works of art, depicting subjects like flowers, animals, and portraits, all of which have to be magnified to fully appreciate the minute details.

 

To craft these awe-inspiring works, the Bosnian artist uses an X-acto knife and tiny chisel. With these simple sculpting tools he creates their overall form, implies texture, and even carves tiny words into the thin stick of graphite. This expert handling creates the illusion that these artworks were made from another material. The graphite resembles a dark, hard stone, and from up close, you might never know they’re composed of something quite as simple as an ordinary pencil.”

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Intriguing!

Writers will love this.

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Raymond Cauchetier’s New Wave Statement – James Hyman Gallery

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Until August 14

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LL Exhibition Choice: Ruth Franklin, Sculptor

 

 

Mr & Mrs

 

“It’s only in later life that you become interested in your family,” Ruth Franklin admitted to me when I visited her exhibition of sculpture CURLERS & CUTS in Whitechapel yesterday, “when you are young you want to rebel against them.” Over a century ago, Ruth’s grandparents on her mother’s side came from Russia and her grandparents on her father’s side came from Poland, and they all ended up in the East End where Ruth’s father, Alfred, was born in Leslie St in Mile End.

 

Alfred became a successful hairdresser and wigmaker in the West End and Ruth remembers her Russian-speaking granny, a seamstress who lived upstairs when Ruth was a child and taught her to swear in Russian. “It’s exciting to be creating work that celebrates my family,” Ruth announced as we stood surrounded by her sculptures, which are vivid and emotional evocations of her forebears’ professions.

 

“They came with nothing,” Ruth informed me as I leaned over to examine her intricately-wrought constructions, made from humble materials and recalling the tools and working practices of tailoring and hairdressing. The painstaking manufacture of some of these sculptures is a reflection of the care required to fashion clothing and hairstyles, and – inevitably – these objects take on anthropomorphic personalities. They remind us of the intimate nature of such endeavours, since the cut of clothes and styling of hair are the means by which we present ourselves to the world.

 

Equally, there is a childlike quality to the notion of making models of machines in paper, almost like toys, and of fabricating primitive dolls out of old tools, which imbues Ruth’s work with pathos. We come into the world with nothing and we leave with nothing but, in between, these people laboured with their hands to make others look their best and earn a modest living by it. Ruth Franklin’s tender sculptures honour those whose hard work delivered her into existence.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: spitalfieldslife.com

More info from Spitalfields Life http://spitalfieldslife.com/2015/08/06/ruth-franklin-sculptor/

 

and here https://www.ideastore.co.uk/idea-stores-whitechapel-gallery

  

And how to find this Whitechapel Exhibition

https://www.ideastore.co.uk/idea-store-whitechapel

 

See on Scoop.itLondon Life

Wednesday Music Choice: JOY from PAPER AEROPLANES

Taken from the album JOY 

 

http://www.paperaeroplanesmusic.com/

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Guaranteed to lift the spirits on a day such as today!

 

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Sunday Music: Jan Akkerman – Streetwalker

Jan Akkerman & Band; Jazzline (WDR)

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Super-cool music for a summer’s day, with thanks to Keith for the recommendation!

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More vintage videos of London released

Joining in the habit of releasing old footage from news archives and putting it online to earn a crust of advertising is the Associated Press, with their British Movietone news reels.

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Check out the Ian Visits website. Great content on London’s Past. Also has up to the minute info on events worth checking out.

 

http://www.ianvisits.co.uk

 

@ianvisits

 

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