Happy New Year

Happy New Year – I hope all your celebrations were merry, and the new year holds many pleasant and happy moments for you.

Mine has been mostly fab, so far.

I spent new year’s eve with a friend in Kent, and that was lovely. On my way back, she tugged along to London, and we visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of my favorite museums in the world. In particular, I’m a fan of their collection of the rather mundane – shoes, clothes, crockery and such.

Men's shoes and slippers
Men's shoes and slippers

I do apologize for the rather bad photo, but all I had on me was my mobile phone camera …

We also managed to catch the last day of an exhibition I had read about before, and wanted to see very badly. It would have been very much worth it for this alone – it was called “The Power of Making”, and had all sorts of handmade things on display.

In Germany, we have a word for that, it’s called “Kunsthandwerk”. Basically, it means utilities made by hand and on such a skill level that it’s actually art. Does such a word exist in English? I don’t know … artisan craftwork might be closest?

This exhibition was more on the artsy side, with objects that were clearly conceived in a crafty tradition, but executed to become art … a dress made from tailor’s pins. Wooden bicycles. Papiermache coffins. And the like.

My personal favorite, however, was the crocheted  life-sized bear:

Bear
Bear

I really should go to the museum more often.

And next time, I’ll talk about my plans for the blog, as I’d like to make a few changes … see you soon!