As I wandered along a half deserted beach on one of the few warm days we’ve had this early summer I noticed this group of deck chairs, abandoned by the occupants who had left in search of ice creams or even set off on an intrepid journey to get to the water’s edge…which always seems to be miles away here in St Annes.
Remembering times when small fingers got trapped in hinges as the children tried to fathom out the intricacies of setting the chairs up, I thought better of moving them..and so crouching in the sand to trying to capture those lovely geometrical shapes formed by the frames I was very pleased when the light breeze obliged by lightly blowing the canvas seats and I got my shot.
Having far too much free time on my hands lately between trying to find time to do everything and actually getting it done I decided to mess about and create something that expresses everything about my passion for music. Being brought up in theatre and dance I was surrounded by music all my life and my passion for anything I can dance to is obvious to those who know me well. I need some new art work for the kitchen which is being painted at the moment so thought I would try to create something different than the usual. Quite pleased with this, may create more and might just screen print it on wood.
So far on my project, I have been amazed how generous people have been with their time and knowledge. During my last visit to Morecambe this was not any different.
I met up with the lovely artist, illustrator and ice cream entrepeneur Kate Sundae (Kate Drummond) who lives in Morecambe. As her name suggests, as well as her various creative practices, Kate has a fantastic vintage ice cream business that encompasses her love of faded seaside glamour and all that is vintage. The Everyday is Like Sundae van travels to festivals, events and can also be seen on the Morecambe seafront.
Kate was really helpful giving me her opinion of the existing 1930s architecture and changing environment in Morecambe, also interestingly in relation to her other experiences of living in Glasgow, London and Brighton. Kate was on ‘The Friends of the Midland’ committee that…
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I will always remember Vernon Humpage’s shoe shop, fabulous expensive shoes in a ‘posh’ shop next to the Winter Gardens entrance on St Johns Square.. little did I know as a young woman the treasure that was beneath the false wall coverings. When the refurbishment of the vaulted entrance to the Empress ballroom was completed in early March and The Theatre Bar opened I was excited to see the Neatby tiled panels but was unprepared for the beauty of what I found, nine ornate panels which date back to just before the turn of twentieth century .
The stunning art nouveau panels feature a range of ladies in exotic costumes set in groups of two on either side of the dining area.
The 15 known names of the panels –originally a set of 28 – are those of semi-precious stones,birds or butterflies and were created on commission by Doulton, now Royal Doulton, and designed by their leading artist William James Neatby.
The arts and crafts ceramic sculptor and artist W. J. Neatby, native of the town of Barnsley, is best known for his designs of the tiles in Harrods food hall though his work is fairly widespread, as decorative tilework and architectural sculpture in terracotta for Doultons, with whom he had a long association as well as designs in metalwork, enamelling, painted murals stained glass and furniture.
The beautiful panels in The Theatre Bar were originally surrounded by multi-coloured tiles and the vaulted ceiling was said to have featured varied designs in rich and harmonious colours, featuring mermaids, seaweed and fishes. However the increased footfall of the present Opera House, built in 1938-39, necessitated the removal of panels at the rear of the hall and then the vaulted ceiling was removed to create offices on the first floor. Now only 12 of the original 28 panels survive.
For many years, 11 of the panels could be seen in Brown & Mallalieu’s car showroom, but thankfully they were carefully covered over in 1972 when the premises became the shoe shop though now only 9 are on view. I did ask the staff if I could go in to the kitchen to search for the missing 2 but alas they politey refused.
So, if you are out and about in Blackpool town centre or at the Winter Gardens for a show this summer, drop in to the Theatre Bar and see these beautiful panels, another gem in the crown of a fabulous building.
Trying to get closer and closer to subjects in the street can be difficult and sometime nerve racking but on a recent trip to London I thought I would do my best and get as close as possible. So armed with my canon fd 28mm legacy lens on my Lumix G2 I set off with every intention of getting as close as possible….There he was, I had this guy…blue hair, tats, good face… all lined up.. raised camera to eye and ..in she walked ..right in to my frame! oh well, I thought as he of the blue hair wandered off chatting in to his phone, I will get another chance…Now a month later while going through old files and deleting all sorts of rubbish I find on closer inspection that the image isn’t a complete disaster…I didn’t get him but got her in his reflectors and so I will keep trying to get as close as possible cause all sorts of good things can happen.
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