We found this cute lesson plan yesterday on Teaching Ideas based around US. We love the idea of children aged 5 – 11 making up imaginary conversations with Peter and writing his biography. Someone needs to actually do this and show us what ideas and artwork the kids would produce!
A few weeks back, we battled the London springtime elements (which resembled more an arctic freeze), and made our way down to Central London. The Stephen Friedman Gallery to be precise, for the opening of Yinka Shonibare’s (MBE) solo show POP! Commenting through sculpture, the exhibition plays with overindulgent use of power, which has perhaps lead to our current economic crisis. In Yinka’s typical direct style, we see mannequins with brightly coloured batik outfits, witty stances, and of course the Bellerby globes as heads!
All photo credit: Steven Friedman Gallery
The series we worked on is called “Champagne Kids”, and formed a whole section of the exhibition, leading onto a ‘Last Supper’ style banker’s table, brazen headless mannequins and painted fabric panels. We were really honoured to contribute to a a show exploring a social, current issue, which challenges the way our generations are suffering now, due to years of the bank’s extravagant behaviour, using humour and suggestive symbolism.
As we were sent flat graphs and charts, our team set to work morphing them into gores and intricately pasting them onto our mini globes. The charts marked the financial crash of 2008, focusing on the Lehman Brothers, Tokyo, Irish, Spanish and Greek Stock Exchange, and the finished globes sat upon indulgent, ironic party mannequins, seen below hanging, rocking and pouring champagne.
All photo credit: Steven Friedman Gallery
The result is super interesting, well structured and thought provoking, and we would recommend you to visit the show if you’re in London, it’s on until 20th April.
The Steven Friedman Gallery 28 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN, open Mondays – Saturdays. More info here.
Check out our Curve globe from the 80 Series, which was requested on set with none other than the legendary Sir David Attenborough on the Alan Titchmarsh show on ITV (A UK chat show). You can really see the size and scale of the piece sitting next to the two gents. And by the way, how amazing is Sir DA? We just want him to be our adopted grandad, and tell us stories for hours. Wonder if he can be swayed with globe bribes….
From a frosty London studio, crammed with radiators and heaters we write our first blog post of the year. Festivities seem long forgotten now, but we are still eating Christmas cake and a few left over chocolates here at the globemakers, and the weather certainly reflects the wintery mood – it’s set to snow all weekend, much to the excitement of Meredith our in-house artist who wants to build a snowman on our roof.
We’re very excited to say that 2013 has so far been a busy one. Plentiful orders are keeping us busy, with grand new globe plans to be unveiled in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled!
In the meanwhile you can see our artist edition globes as we have just added them to the site. They are truly beautiful pieces, and absolutely stunning up close, when you can really appreciate the craftsmanship and detail. See more photos here.
One of our new year’s resolutions is to write a blog update every 2 weeks. As well as to drink red wine by the fire in the winter, white wine in the sunshine in the summer, and a nice hearty beer in the autumn. It’s going to be a good year! See you in a few weeks. x
Week one has drawn to an end, and we have been blown away by the response to our globe exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society. During the day, you can observe globes being made, painted, gored and varnished in our workshop space, as well as many models, maps and interesting reads to while away the day. Find us at the end of Exhibition Road, Kensington, in the glass fronted Pavilion Space of the RGS, it’s free entry and open from 10am-5pm daily.
On Tuesday evening we held an opening reception at the Society, to celebrate the first ever exhibition of it’s kind at the RGS. A whole bunch of lovely people, from doctors to Princesses, cartographers and artists, battled the wind and rain and made it down to the event, where globes were scrutinized under magnifying glasses, spun, caressed and adored. A big thank you to everyone who made the night a huge success. A selection of photos below!