October 10-17, 2012
William Morris House
William Morris was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. I went on a group trip with my ‘History of Modern Design’ class to his home he lived in that has been turned into a museum exhibit of his legacy during the Arts and Crafts Movement. William Morris was a pioneer in creating textiles and furniture for cohesive interior design styles, and how these styles were manufactured to a select portion of English society.
Hyde Park Car Show
I was passing through Hyde Park, which is located only a few minutes walk past the Natural History Museum and came across a small car show of vintage Bristol cars. These cars emulated British design and fit seamlessly into the London backdrop. I thought the hoods were extremely unique, and I’ve never seen any other older cars adorning them.
Here is another class Bistol Car that has the dual rising hoods to expose the engine. The way the hood expands is similar to the late DeLorean cars, or even Lamborghini Butterfly Doors. These cars were interesting to come across and it was cool to see in a community like South Kensington.
Petticoat Lane It is one of a number of traditional markets located to the east of the City of London. A few hundred yards to the north is Old Spitalfields market, which has been refurbished, and across Commercial Street, to the east, lies Brick Lane Market. On the Way to Petticoat Lane from Brick Lane, I came across a plethora of design inspired graffiti and street art that blew me away. The narrow curving streets had amazing stencil graffiti that boasted such precision and other pieces that were insanely detailed and would be difficult to execute them as well as they were.
This is Fashion Street, where I came across the densest scene of graffiti and street art.
Pictures that are cut out and adhered up onto surfaces are done by preparing the image in a more secure location and pasting them up quick, and easy, so not to get caught.
Some of these pictures depict famed illustrations imitating Disney.
Other pieces of graffiti were free hand painted across the front of closed street vendors.
This restaurant was tagged in graffiti on both sides (1/2)
This image depicts a mythical unicorn split across an alley way.
This is an illustration is spread across a fence .
Old Spitalfields Market
Old Spitalfields Market is a covered market in Spitalfields, just outside the City of London. It is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. There has been a market on the site since 1638 when Charles I of England gave a license for flesh, fowl and roots to be sold on Spittle Fields – which was then a rural area on the eastern outskirts of London.
This is just one angle encompassing the one of the largest portions of market stalls in Old Spitalfields Market. There are assortments of crafts, leather made goods, and food.
Here are some of the crafts, and food tents in the Market.