Something you may or may not know about me is that i absolutely adore fashion and fashion trends. I like to think i have a my own style as i don't usually tend to go on a purchase frenzy for all of the things everyone else is obsessing over. I try to take a pinch of something i like from one trend and then mishmash it with something else.
As a budding photographer, my eye has always been drawn to portraiture and fashion photography, mostly because it blends two things i'm passionate about effortlessly. For that reason I've decided to come up with a series on my blog called 'The Edit'. These posts will contain small clips and photographs of things i've been loving to wear.
For my first post, I bring you the peasant blouse. I've been wearing these for years but i recently discovered this blouse from Next in this perfect-for-autumn Mustard colour. You could wear this shirt many ways but for this look i've paired it with some Black skinny jeans, a sleeveless kimono style jacket, a tasselled necklace and some brown leather pointed shoes in a loafer style.
Blouse - Next
Sleeveless Jacket- New Look
Jeans- New Look
Back at the end of August we took a trip down to Somerset to see Banksy's Dismaland but whilst we were there we thought we'd explore the area a little and enjoy the countryside.
We ended up having a good ol' look around Weston-Super-Mare, Sands Bay, Chedder Village and the gorgeous Chedder Gorge.
WSM has a gorgeous beach with little islands and south wales out in the distance, whilst sands bay has the same but the added view of the pretty derelict pier and sand banks that go out for what seemed like miles.
You may recognise the term Chedder because here in England we have a popular cheese with the same name. Yep, you guessed it, the first cheddar cheeses were made in Chedder. We actually visited the cheese factory shop to taste all of the varieties, along with the delicious chutney they also create. It was really interesting to see and read that the caves in the gorge were actually used as big refrigerators and to mature the cheese for an added flavour. Thats using nature at it's finest!
After lots of cheese and chutney tasting we couldn't resist coming away with the only Chedder cheese made in Chedder, so we left with a little red lunch box filled with ice blocks for our long journey home.
On the way home we also stopped on the side of a farmers field to see Stone Henge. To me it seemed a lot smaller in real life than it did in the pictures i'd seen previously but the mystery still remains all the same!
Driving for 6 hours and then queuing for 2 and a half hours in the pouring rain on a typical british summer's day is something quite dismal in itself. On the third day of opening, myself and my other half, got up at sunrise to make the long car journey from north Essex to the Somerset coast. After hearing about something as controversial and artistic as this event, it was something i couldn't miss. As an Art lover and student, i was sure this would be an exhibition/event that many would be talking about for years to come. After paying an affordable £3 each for our tickets, we approached the entrance where we were greeted (more like moodily ordered) and told to get into two separate queues to go through 'security'. Security was a cardboard version of the standard Airport security, metal detectors, security cameras and everything else you can imagine.
Once inside the converted Lido, come funfair-theme park, you're greeted with a chaos of both familiarity and difference. You'll see the castle, the funfair rides and the enticing games which end up costing you an arm and a leg to win anything. However there is something chillingly different about this park. Anvils replace coconut shy's, needles replace darts, immigrants on old boats replace those colourful happy ones on the boating pond. There is so much to take in, its hard to see everything at once. Around every corner you'll discover something new and then the second time around you'll come across something else. It's clear to see Banksy has put a lot of thought into this exhibition. Everything has a somewhat controversial stance, enlightening you on things we may see as issues which might not actually be issues. Perhaps this may be our loss of control, the traps society places for us to fall into or narrowly avoid (ahem, payday loans with 1000% APR, what is that all about?!), the way the authorities control us or the treatment of humans and animals. It's all cleverly done in a way that makes you think for yourself, the information and the art is put right there in front of you, its for you to make up your own mind. The park is not only filled with twisted games and attractions, there is a lot of art to see. There is an exhibition hall, bus and ten filled to the brim with interesting pieces. Dismaland is brought together by idea's and ideals from many artists, including that of Damien Hurst, Jenny Holzer, Laura Lancaster and Brock Davis. There is merchandise on sale in the park however, all i felt i really needed was my camera and also the A3 programme that cost £5. I'd definitely pick that up if you can, it has some really interesting information about the artists and the planning of the dismal place. I don't want to go into too much detail because it's worth a look in itself and i don't think you can truly grasp the atmosphere and the whole concept of the place without actually being there. For those that can't make it but really want to see more, i have included a large amount of images below for you to browse through and delve apon. If you're not sure whether to go, for me it was worth the £3 and the long journey down there. I couldn't recommend it enough. Oh, and it gets you out of the house, off of the computer and exploring beautiful Somerset too!
The Exhibition halls:
A few extra snapshots from my iPhone:
'The Artist has decided to cover his work to protest at being exhibited alongside Artists from Israel. We are hoping to resolve the situation as soon as possible and apologise for any disappointment.'