A London adventure…

Ben ( My better half) and I took a trip to London, to mark our third year of our relationship. We stayed in a hotel in Greenwich, not too far away from the O2 Arena, which I still call the Millennium Dome!

19th May:

After checking into the hotel, we took a tube to Camden, eating Venezuelan food and liquid nitrogen ice cream (It was just frozen with it… made on the spot sort of thing), the smoothest ice cream I have ever tasted!!!!

20th May:

This was a busy day! After a continental breakfast of course…

First, we explored the Natural History Museum, seeing all the dinosaurs and experiencing what an earthquake felt like. What made me laugh, was the Japanese legend of Namazu, a giant catfish guarded by the god Kashima with a large rock. Namazu only flails around once Kashima is distracted or sleeping to cause Earthquakes.

To be honest, this is the only Japanese legend other than Mulan, that I know of and I think it’s absolutely brilliant!

Then we rushed to the Science Museum, in a downpour to find something to eat! We also saw Tim Peake’s space craft, the one he landed in. We couldn’t see the Robot exhibition because we didn’t have tickets… but that didn’t matter, we still had a good time seeing as much as we could.

Next came the V&A, we hung around the statues for a little while, and the Buddhism area until it was time for us to walk into ‘Their Mortal Remains’ exhibition, all about Pink Floyd. We were handed an audio tour, which played music from Pink Floyd as well as interviews. I loved this! To read so much about Pink Floyd, to see some of the posters and album work used, how the graphic designers of the day produced album work for bands using photography and red rooms. It was great to see some of the instruments, drum covers, props, even to see some Sex Pistols in the mix. The pictures I took, do not do the event justice! I couldn’t read everything, but I did buy the hardback catalogue as a momento and to read more about the band I admire most.

Then came dinner, we ate in Soho at Pho and Bun, eating Vietnamese food! It was super yummy and the wine was delicious. Then with full bellies, we explored Soho a little bit before going back to the hotel where we had a drink from the bar, before bed.

21st May:

With rested feet, we checked out of the hotel after a breakfast along with takeaway coffees, we headed to London Zoo!

We stopped off at St. Johns Wood (yes… we did snigger at the innuendo) but what I didn’t realise, was it was so close to Abby Road, there were a lot of Beatles merchandise at the station.

At the zoo, we couldn’t have asked for a better day! The weather was fantastic! We saw lions, tigers, penguins, emus, zebras, camels, flamingos, llamas, alpacas, lots of birds, bats, snakes, lizards, giraffes, pigs and a so much more!

By the time we got back to Portsmouth, having a longer train journey than planned, eating sandwiches, crisps and drinking juice on the journey, we were exhausted.

We even filled up my SD card in my camera, an awful lot of photos were taken!!!

It was a great weekend, followed by a couple of interviews and a week in Portsmouth!

The House of Mina Lima – Exhibition

Before New Designers started, I took the tube to go and visit an exhibition of two of my heroes, in Graphic Design. MinaLima.

Deep in the heart of Greek Street I ventured to find a vibrant shop front, with many prints and goodies to purchase, from the exhibition. Climbing the vibrant purple stairs, taking note of the way–finding systems and attempting to hide my excitement.

The first floor was incredible, many hundreds of prints lining the walls. Their project of collective nouns showed their mastery in the craft. Each print, were different however collectively they fit as a family. They transformed something knowledgeable into visual forms, to which only the eye can behold. Each print had the subject and their collective noun. Since my Major Project, I had become interested in our language somewhat, mostly of the hidden meanings behind phrases we say. This was somewhat different yet I felt motivated to do something, I am unsure what… perhaps turn my personal project that I seemed to have abandoned about the Magpie Rhyme into a visual print or piece of information design. At this point I do not know.

Moving on to the second and third floors, I was blown away by the extent of the vibrancy of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, The Quibbler and the most amazing typography displayed on large copies of the Daily Prophet and the largest Marauders Map, decorated on the floor. It was beautiful. Edwardo Lima and Miraphora Mina I realised, have been the most visual stimulus through their work in the Harry Potter Franchise, as a child growing up. I feel without them, I probably wouldn’t be this passionate about Graphic Design. They are my biggest inspiration.

The third floor too, was incredible with all their book covers for the films, that the students of Hogwarts used on a daily basis. Everything was so incredible I wanted to buy as many prints as possible. However, I would have bought the whole shop if it weren’t for the fact I now need to be precious about money. SO, I settled for their two books: A Zeal of Zebras, and A Compendium of Collective Nouns, to settle my twitching fingers. I am yet to read through them and appreciate their talents on each page.

I would like to visit them again, perhaps before they close in February 2017. I really recommend going it is the most exciting adventure and to admire everything Ed and Mira have done, for all the Harry Potter Fanbase to bring the films to life.