My mum told me about this exhibiiton as she said ‘You like Japanese things and we can have a cup of tea in the cafe’ I am ready with my coat and shoes on and out of the house.
This was to be my second trip to Lady Lever after the Picasso prints exhibition back in January. I think January was a lot warmer than August to be honest.
A bit about the exhibition;
‘The energy and spirit of 19th century Edo (now Tokyo) is brought to life in this exhibition of 50 woodblock prints, on loan from local collector Frank Milner.
The vibrant and colourful prints were ‘mass produced’ by hand and eagerly sought after by fans of Edo’s popular culture. A single print cost the price of a haircut or two bowls of noodles. These were affordable images bought by a wide variety of people.
Visitors to the exhibition can explore an intriguing world of urban celebrities, actors, sports champions, fashion icons and villains, as depicted by leading printmakers such as Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika, the last great master of the Kabuki actor print. The prints depict a time of great change and modernisation, when Western influence was starting to be felt alongside traditional Japanese culture.
Today these prints are considered to be outstanding examples of creativity and technical skill, but when they were first made the Japanese government referred to them as ‘trivial Edo things’.
I very much like a nice bust and I liked this ones hair. It looked like those butter curls you only ever get if you happen to be at a wedding and soup is your starter.
Ferdinando de’Medici-By Giovacchino Fortini (1671-1736)
So into the exhibition and I saw this quote first. I am not a big quote person but I agree with Vincent very much here.
Everything was so intricate and beautiful. You can get right up close to the prints and see so much detail and colour. There is so much to see in one print. I realised I was starting to block all of the pictures from everyone’s view so I moved on but still keeping an eye out in case.
This was very sad but I liked the writing and the green printed borders.
I liked this print as Newton-Le-Willows is near me. I have vowed for my 40th birthday that I will go to Japan. I have 5 years to save up and also make a note to visit this train in the museum. Don’t let me forget. The colours are so vivid and so much detail, tiny people on the shore, lots going on all around the train, smoke from the factory. It is marvellous.
I liked the title of this as being ‘Young woman upset’ I would be judging by that blokes sneaky arm in my rickshaw. That is a lovely dress though and the detail on the green mixed with the black and white pattern of the rickshaws detail and the background.
I think this was my favourite print because of his excellent eyebrows, lovely hair and even though he doesn’t feature in any records, he has been painted and remembered and this is all that matters.
A lovely silk apron with gold fringing. Very big feet and a good strong stance here.
I like the whole ‘Englishness’ of this and I secretly hoped the few bits of English that were spoken in the play where from Oliver Twist like ‘tuppence’ Guv’nor’ and ‘Bullseye’. I would have liked to have seen this play and caught one of the ‘nonchalant’ things thrown into the crowd.
Excellent sculpture here with a snake.
Edo Pop is on at The Lady Lever until the 24th September so you have about two and a half weeks to see.
Here is a video of Frank Milner whose collection it is talking about the exhibition.
All websites and links accessed 7th September 2017.
Continuing on my tour of every museum in the world, an idea born in Hull, I paid a visit to Lancaster City Museum. Right in the centre in a very pleasing building I went in with my expectancy of greatness. I spotted models and in my eyes from then on it could do no wrong.
I liked this exhibition very much and also that the inflatable fire looked like the beginning of Equinox. Look HERE and you will see nice. Boomtown – From Front Line to White Lund marks the centenary of devastating explosions at White Lund National Filling Factory 1-3 October 1917.
The exhibition is free and runs until the 12th November and entrance to the museum is also free.
Things to see – All of the lovely models showing you things, a very special ceiling, the model Christmas railway and the stained glass collection. 10/10.
Weariness had set in and my eyes and nose were streaming but onward I went to find more things to see. I liked the Manchester School of Art greenhouses, the schools gardens and the bus stops very much. I saw a man walk past with a giant butterfly attached to his leg that had escaped from the butterfly house. I made movements with my arms to tell the surrounding crowd about this but nobody saw and the man went into the toilets. I will always remember this moment. I bought a chocolate waffle with cream on top and felt refreshed and sugared up but by this time it was nearly half 5 and I had seen everything twice and my plasters had run out. I had a lovely day and if you get the chance then do go and waft around all day saying ‘ooh’ and ask questions about why Venus fly traps don’t like ham. You can buy tickets for next year HERE.
All websites and links accessed 17th August 2017.
Round the back and up past the big tent, I came across the special mystery portal world where dreams can soar or be shattered like a mouldy pumpkin. The long tables full of hope that have taken months and years of work all put out on their own to be judged and seen.
There is something very beautiful about fruits and vegetables arranged neatly. The dynamic of the carrots against the peas, the marrows set against the peppers. Some had gold medals some were highly commended. I never judged any of the fruits or vegetables as I loved them all the same. I liked the big onions very much and the very neat berry selection, the ruffled cabbages and extra long carrots. This is why I will never make the grade to be a judge of fruits and vegetables arranged neatly.
All websites and links accessed 16th August 2017.
As I am embarking on showing you everything I saw at the Tatton show and I know how much you are liking it, I have picked out some bits that I really liked, on top of all the other things that I really liked. I really liked these flags, by Andrew Lee.
They appeared as if by magic through the crowd and they moved and changed colour with the wind. I spent ages looking at them and seeing how they went from blue to pink to yellow and back again. I have decided that I would like my whole garden to be just these and nothing else. The iridescence of them had me fascinated and the way they moved and changed. If you get to see them anywhere have a small rest and just watch them.
You can see more of Andrews work here- www.wonderfulnature.net
and the flags here- www.wonderfulnature.net/flag%20field.html
A nice interlude before my 7th cup of tea stop.
All links and websites accessed 15th August 2017.
I am still in the big tent at this point and came across cactus world and Bougainvillea world and very over saturated orchids. I like the backgrounds the best as I felt I was in a schools science programme. For 10 minutes I took it upon myself to pretend I was in Sweden or a golden hour desert filled with cactus like a styled Instagram story and to be honest after the 4th plaster had fell off my toe, the pain meant I could have been anywhere. I didn’t ask anybody any questions as I felt I had spoke enough so I became a cactus picture taking person that was in a giant tent and I liked it and have no regrets.
The fun never stops in the big tent. At this point I had started to sneeze quite profusely and had a headache from everything to do with flowers and pollen. I stopped for dinner of chips and gravy and a can of pop and got straight back in there as I’m not a quitter. I asked a lady about her grasses and a man about his bark chippings. I entered a competition to win a holiday in Malaysia and got a free bag for taking part- Cathay Pacific- It is me! I found a lonely 5p and then continued on my rounds.