Sunday, 29 June 2008

Another bundle of goodies from Little Otsu has arrived with a brand new postcard book to boot. Yippee!

For those of you in London, you probably have seen the new makeover of the Tate
on a daily basis. For those of us who haven't been to the capital lately, the Tate Modern is currently showing the first major public museum display of street art in London. Presented is the work of "six acclaimed street artists from all over the world whose work is intricately linked to the urban environment".

'Street Art' as the exhibition is entitled, runs until the 25th August and even if you don't get a chance to pop inside, walking past is a must during this time as the pieces painted on the outside are a stunning juxtaposition to the already iconic building that is the Tate Modern.

An email from the lovely Sarah Utter just arrived in my inbox letting us know that she has just launched her very own website! It has all her gorgeous pieces in one place, so now you can drool over them all together. We think it looks great!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

We are very jealous of Annika as she heads down to this years Glastonbury festival. For all of you heading down that way this weekend, have a brilliant time rain, hail or shine!
p.s - Annika - see you tired and muddy next week. xxx

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

With everybody so instantly available at the click of a button don't you miss regularly sending out a big handful of snail mail? Writing a letter is as relaxing as a nice long soak in the tub, and as satisfying as finishing a great book. There is definitely something to be said about the process of putting pen to paper. Jaime Zollars has made penning your loved ones a few lines even more unique. On her website (under the fun section) you can download a page of fold and mail stationary for free! Its colourful and cute, and fits on an A4 sheet. So the plan for tonight is putting my feet up with a nice glass of wine and non-digitally telling someone about my day.

Monday, 23 June 2008

For those of you who asked, here are some photos from Fridays Chorus Rising 'Wackness' inspired New York skyline which was tagged and sprayed by hundreds of street artists and excited kids. Looks like lots of fun!

Saturday, 21 June 2008

The event of the weekend here in Edinburgh has to be the live performances taking place in the idyllic Royal Botanic Gardens tonight, June 21st. These exciting performances between plants and people kicks off in the gorgeous palmhouse at 7pm when experimental band FOUND exchange improvisations with Shanghai Jazz Project.

Whilst this is going on there will be a Thai bamboo percussion orchestra performing outside, and Tai-chi accompanied by cello, as well as dancers performing around Susie Maroons stunning 600 piece bamboo sculpture 'Natural Progression' (see image above).

Entry is via either gate of the Royal Botanical Gardens with all performances being free and running from 7-9pm. An amazing night so you should all head down and check it out!

Thursday, 19 June 2008

For those of you based in Edinburgh, I am sure you are super excited about this years Edinburgh Film Festival. Here at The Red Door we have welcomed the festival move to June instead of hectic August. One film with we have jotted down as a must see is the hit of Sundance 'The Wackness; a hip, witty buddy comedy that follows its own rules', which shows on June 20th and 21st.

To promote this event, talented local design gurus 'Chorus Rising' are working on a massive canvas which depicts the New York skyline. They will be working away on this tomorrow (Friday 20th June) from 12.30-1.30pm in front of the Sheridan Hotel on Lothian Road.

All the fun begins from 1.30pm onwards when this canvas becomes open to the public to graffiti and tag. There will be a huge range of spray cans supplied by Plasti-Kote, so whether you are a seasoned tagger or someone wanting to express your inner artistic graffiti abilities then this is the event for you. There will be a bunch of local street artists with cans too, so its a great way to watch the pros at work and have a go yourself. Who said you need to be in New York to see some great street art!

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Above is a selection of jigsaw badges which arrived from sunny Norwich this morning. These goodies are made lovingly by Megan Price. At the moment we only have a selection of 20 so first in first served.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

DRINKS OF THE MONTH - with the gorgeous sunny weather we are having at the moment, gin seems like the perfect drink to relax in the sun with. Our favourite gin has to be 'Hendricks', which is a small batch gin distilled in Ayrshire, here in Scotland. It's oddly delicious infusions of juniper and cucumber yield a one-of-a-kind gin that is passionately loved by a tiny yet growing handful of individuals all over the world. Our favourites are the classic 'gin and tonic' (with a slice of cucumber), the 'quince and clover sour' and the minty 'strawberry jive'.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Another fresh batch of Kate Suttons hillarious plush goodies arrived on our doorstep this morning. We have a great mixture of pirate peas, pigeons and carrots. My personal favourite is 'the one that got away'; a semi eaten gingerbread man. Yum!

Thursday, 12 June 2008

To carry on with the mixtape theme here at The Red Door (see previous posts in March and April), Chris MacFarlane has dropped off some of his latest screenprints. His obsession with tapes has meant he has churned out an impressive series of work all based around the much loved 80s icon, the mixtape. We have a small selection of these beauties by Chris, but to see the series in it's full glory, pop down to the 13th note cafe in Glasgow where you will be treated to a whole exhibition of his work. Time is a ticking as the exhibition 'Stop Play Rewind' finishes on the 22nd of June!

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Mike Inglis 'Transmit' show opening went without a hitch on Friday. Its was so much fun seeing Mikes recently graduated students wear masks all night. To check out some photos from the opening, check out The Red Door facebook group.

I am still trying to decide which is my favourite piece from the show, but know that I love the characters he made for the window (above left and below right). Also for your perusal is a few images from around the space at the moment. Enjoy x

Sunday, 8 June 2008

I just checked out wejetset, a clever, informative and super cool travel website founded by Taj Reid. It was his passion for design and travel that inspirted him to create a business that bridges form and function within the travel sector. Now, there are a lot of us out there that love to travel, so what better place on the web to prepare yourself with travel tips, stories and information on local culture than wejetset. As well as having some really interesting travel information from a wealth of writers, wejetset also has a brilliant online shop all geared up to supply us with the coolest travel neccesitites from sunglasses and watches to tools and gadgets. Finally we have no more excuses for not looking great whilst travelling.

Going green - I instantly fell in love with these baggu reuseable bags and according to wejetset, by using one Baggu for one year replaces 300 to 700 disposable bags. Wejetset also had some travel tips on being green whilst travelling so we can all start doing our wee bit to save the earth.

We had two special boxes arrive yesterday packed with wonderful prints from two very talented artists. The top images are a small selection of works by 'Zukzuk' or as her friends know her, Helen Acraman. Her daily observations communicate delightful facial expressions whilst being visually compelling. Our second new artists of the week is 'Mywireempire' (Melissa Bryant) who has sent us some striking prints, of which three of my personal favourites are below. I just love her 'club chair' piece which amazingly takes on almost human like expressions. I think that one will be added to my every growing personal collection.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Mike Inglis is busy cutting, sticking, sewing and printing last minute goodies for his solo show 'Transmit' which opens here at The Red Door tomorrow night. We are really excited and can't wait for him to show up laden with all his wonderful work. For all of you who are around Edinburgh tomorrow evening and would love to check out his work then swing past between 6-8pm. We hope to see you all then!

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Today I had the pleasure of opening a delightful box of goodies from Norwich based illustrator Kate Seaward. Her label, I like pens (a sentiment shared by us all here) produces sketchbooks, badges, gift tags and cards all adorned with her beautifully quirky and colourful style of illustration. The single badges would have to be a favourite, each mounted on card with a sweet polka dot and sausage dog background, they would make a great gift, even if its just for you!