Lost in Translation :: Japanese to English :: A Poem

A Japanese blog called Ach & Pfui posted a little write up about Pete and Bellerby & Co which translates online as below. Are they really calling Peter an old man? Will have to get a second opinion…

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Something for the kids..

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!

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The Globemaker Vimeo Spreads Around The World!

Since Vimeo kindly chose us as a Staff Pick and put us on their front page (as well as tweeting their 121,855 followers gasp) the video Peter Bellerby – The Globemaker has spread far and wide. We are up to 35,500 views!! We are humbled by the response and positive feedback.

The short film has been shared on twitter over 100 times. It has been written about by Huh. MagazineDevour.comThe Worlds Best EverThosewhomake.com, South Africa’s Cherry FlavaThe Documentary NetworkMental FlossArtnau, Little Green Footballs,
Curiosités de Titam (for our French readers), and the brilliantly named Socks on an Octopus in New York to name a few. Wahhay.

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Dubbed! Il Fascino Peculiare Dei Mappamondi

We had a little visit at the studio from RSI La 1 and the great Head of Map Collections – Peter Barber from The British Library – to talk about what they dubbed…. the peculiar charm of globes.

Click to watch us on Swiss-Italian TV!

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New Year, New Cheer!

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.

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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

The Opening Reception…

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!

Detail from the magnificent Churchill globe

The Mini Desk Globe in Blue, The Churchill in the background

The beautiful hand-painted globe by Fiona Owen, “Terra Incognita”

The Curve model, from The 80 Series

The stunning hand drawn piece by Meredith, “Creatures from the Depths”

The Perano Terrestrial free standing edition

The Mini Desk Globe, in Olive with 1951 Base

The Perano Celestial Model, featuring over 100 hand drawn constellations

 

Exhibition Week…

Time has flown by at our globemaking studio, is it really 27th September?  If so, in two days time (and I’m sure you’ve all got the date circled in your diary) our exhibition of globes opens at the Royal Geographical Society, and we are so excited to share our collection with the public.

There will be many new mini-globes to paw, spin and play with (see photo below) and even the chance to win one over the two week period, just visit the exhibition to find out more.  The show will also feature beautiful alternative globes, hand painted by select London artists; and the historical Churchill models, which are so impressive up close, standing over 1.5 m tall.

The Terrestrial Standard Mini Desk Globe £598

We have constructed a workshop space which will be active for the entire duration of the exhibition, relocating some of our talented globemakers from our studio in North London, so that visitors to the show can follow the process of making the globes, from painting to goring.  We’ve picked the friendliest of the bunch, who won’t mind you having a peek over their shoulder, or asking any questions!

Meredith Owen, resident artist at Bellerby Globemakers, painting detail onto the Churchill globe.

The show will guide you through the art of globemaking, and offer a rare chance to see a wide collection of models and styles, including the Terrestrial (earthly) and it’s Celestial (heavenly) counterpart, which depicts the mythical astrological figures, and over 3000 stars as seen in the night sky.

A Celestial Globe installation pictured in 1900 Paris

Come and see the first ever exhibition of handmade globes to be shown at the Royal Geographical Society; running from this Saturday 29th September to Friday 12th October, open daily from 10am to 5pm, and admission is FREE.  We have also set up a globey giftshop featuring books, maps, bags and postcards for you to take away.  All proceeds from the sales of our Bellerby Brochure are donated to the Elephant Family charity.   More information on our website.  See you there!

The Globemakers.

The Hunt is Over!

As a big raincloud sits over London, the globe making studio is bustling with activity.

New innovative branding, freshly painted globes, various base designs, inspiring weekend exhibitions and our Globe Egg are cause for excitement this Tuesday morning.

Let’s start with our Globe Egg for the Faberge Big Egg Hunt. As bidding on the eggs ended (Monday 9th April) we were over the moon to see that our globe egg raised a HUGE £11,101 with over 100 bids! All proceeds go to the fantastic causes – charities Action for Children and the Elephant Family.

We are very proud and thankful to everyone who supported us over the Big Egg Hunt journey!

In other news… our beautiful new website is being designed as we speak; with exciting features, a full catalogue of our globes and a peek at our future globe designs.  We have an upcoming globe exhibition at the Royal Geographic Society (more details to follow); commissions from big names in the art world, our apprentices trying out new colours for our desk globes, our craftsmen making giant wooden bases, and have just delivered a globe to a VVIP office in New York City.  Wow.

Check out our Pinterest to see whats got us inspired at Bellerby Globemakers this week, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date with our globe filled days. Happy Tuesday!

Pinterest, Shminterest?

So we gave in, yes another social networking site.  Well, we didn’t want to feel left out, and in principle Pinterest sounds pretty tempting.

The genius concept encourages you pin images to online ‘mood boards’ to share with active worldwide users. I love mood boards as much as the next female, mid twenties, hopeful London artist; but something is telling me I’ll be planning my wedding board (I am not engaged) into the early hours if I’m not careful.  It’s a novel idea, that might put an end to countless bookmarks on your toolbar, and in theory keep all your ideas for that ‘project you’ve been meaning to start’ in one place.  Here are some beautiful images, from fine art, to maps and illustration that I’ve pinned on our new Globe Inspiration Board

 Oops is it 2 o’clock already?

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