Friday, March 27, 2015

Fujiko Nakaya Fog Bridge

Last month I went to see Fujiko Nakaya's Fog Bridge installation, which was taking place at Pero's Bridge in Bristol. I am always excited by installations like these, especially if there's an interactive element, and as it was billed as "A chance to literally walk in the clouds" [New York Times] I had to see it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Welcome, Spring!

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is finally springing! It was the Spring Equinox on Friday and already the change in light levels, warmth and plant life has been noticeable where I live. One of my favourite things about Spring is all of the beautiful flowers-I love the colours and the delicacy of these early blooms, and they help to make Spring one of my favourite seasons (along with Autumn). Indoors I've been enjoying the frothy fairy skirts and divine scent of some Bridal Crown narcissi,

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: Dr Bronner's Magic Soap Rose Castile Soap

I've been trying to only buy "natural" (as in paraben free, with natural ingredients) skincare products for a while now, as I feel like they agree better with my very sensitive skin. One of the things I've been meaning to try for ages is castile soap, a multi-purpose soap with very few ingredients, but I never seemed to find it in high street shops. So I was very happy to receive a small bottle of Dr Bronner's Magic Soap Hemp Rose Pure Castile Soap as a Christmas present!

It took me a while to get around to using it, as I like to use up products completely before moving on to the next. But I have now been using Dr Bronner's Hemp Rose Castile Soap in the shower for about 3 weeks, and I absolutely love it! 

It's very different from more widespread shower gels and liquid soaps. For a start, it really is a liquid. It doesn't have the gel-like consistency of a lot of shower gels and liquid soaps, it is pretty much the consistency of water. I don't mind this at all and I feel like it makes the soap go further, but it might take a little getting used to. It also doesn't lather into a mass of foam, as it doesn't contain any foaming agents. It still produces a pleasant amount of bubbles though, and soap doesn't actually need to lather to have a cleaning effect. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hatched Matched Dispatched-and Patched! at the American Museum in Britain

Christening cloaks

A few days ago I was lucky enough to get a preview of the new exhibition at the American Museum in Britain, titled "Hatched Matched Dispatched-and Patched!". It aims to tell the stories of peoples lives through textiles, from christening gowns to mourning garb. I think this is something people can really identify with as even in the modern age, so many of us have textile items linked to memories or events-whether it's a treasured wedding dress, a quilt made by a family member, or just a favourite piece of clothing. In the past these sentimental, personal associations would have been even stronger, as so many textile items were handmade, often taking months or years to finish. They were often created for specific rites of passage, and then used frequently for the rest of the maker's life.