Open your imagination – The poetic union of Matt Johnson and Johnny Marr.
Have you ever looked at a beautifully decorated cake and asked yourself ‘How do they get the icing to look so smooth and elegant?’ The possibility is, it’s not just your regular ole icing that has been used, but the ever versatile yet temperamental, fondant.
Created for eternity, the art of ancient Egypt emerged fully developed around 2900BC and remained essentially unchanged for three thousand years. It encompassed a wide range of genres including wall painting, sculpture, both free standingand relief, decorative arts, jewellery,
hieroglyphics and unique architecture.Egyptian pharaohs believed that life was so good on earth they wanted to carry images of life in the Nile Valley with them into the next life creating the blueprint for the happy eternity they expected.
The Roman era is broken into two main time periods, the first being the Republican era from 753BC to 27BC; the second period the well-known Roman Empire from 27BC to AD 476. The Romans made many inventions and innovations from this time, from new building materials such
as concrete, civil engineering of roads and bridges, town planning of urban environments and the organization of a vast army and empire which all left a permanent legacy. But it was Romanart which provides us with a record of everyday life in this fascinating time.
There is no denying the immense influence the Ancient Greeks have had on civilisation. In regards to art, there is no doubting the profound impact the Greeks have had on architecture, sculpture, painting,pottery and jewellery design. Since ancient times to the modern day, Greek styles have been reproduced or copied repeatedly. One just has to look at the architecture in their nearest city, or visit a jeweller or potter’s gallery to see the how the Ancient Greeks have inspired us artistically.
When one thinks of France, one thinks of art. A trip to France would not be complete without a visit to the Musee du Louvre in Paris or to another found throughout the country. Almost on every street corner you can find an artist to paint you a picture and it’s this very simple love of art that makes the French so proud of their culture and so endearing to the rest of us.
After a difficult overnight journey across the Baltic Sea, my traveling companion and I finally arrived in Lithuania. The ferry we took got us to our destination in one piece, but it was far from comfortable. Sleeping on the floor of the boat in a room full of drunken men was not the most luxurious experience, but it did serve its purpose. We docked in Klaipeda, a town in north-west Lithuania in one piece with a few marriage proposals to boot. From Klaipeda we caught a bus to Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city and, after a few days of rest, made our way down to Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius.
Once called the “Paris of the North,” Latvia’s capital, Riga, is a vibrant city once again. Now known as “The Baltic Hub,” it is easy to see why. Before Soviet occupation in 1940, the city was one of the most important ports in Northern Europe because of its proximity to The Baltic Sea. The city was so influential at one stage, Napoleon described it as a “suburb of London, ”as it was a major trader with England and France.
For most of us, a salt and pepper shaker is nothing more than something that sits on our dinner table to use to season our food. But for Linda Thomson, mother of three and grandmother of six, collecting salt and pepper shakers of all different shapes, sizes, designs, ages and materials, was her passion in life. With hundreds of different varieties from pineapples to poker machines, toucans and telephones to Betty Boop, Linda’s collection can enlighten us about the world’s cultural values and perspectives.
For most of us, a perfume bottle is something practical or something we mightlook at and say, ‘isn’t that beautiful?’. But for Sandra Black, collecting perfume bottles is a sweet scented passion.