Art, ballet & more globes

We have been a little quiet recently… but with good reason we promise.

Let’s start with the grand unveiling of Yinka Shonibare’s fantastic ballerina for the Royal Opera House in London. Yinka is an extraordinary sculpture, installation and fine artist; who has exhibited on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square, and has been put forward for the Turner Prize.  He was asked to produce a piece of art to adorn what they ROH described as the, “dullest corner of the building” and with this concept he wanted to bring to life a ballerina to represent the beauty and life on the inside of the Opera House.

We have worked with Yinka on many projects, and he commissioned us to produce the globe for his spectacular ballerina sculpture, which formed the head of the arabesque statue.  We were invited to the unveiling which took place on Tuesday, with a bubbly & canapé reception (of course we said Yes).

The magical orb was revealed to a street of excited VIPs, paperazzi and passer bys, with a burst of opera music as the ballerina pirouetted in her stunning tutu.  The real ballerina, (Melissa Hamilton of the Royal Ballet) has had her graceful arabesque captured in art, and was hugely excited to see the final piece, which will be spin on the hour and be illuminated by night. We were very proud to see our specialised globe involved in such an exciting project, and it is an honour to be cemented on the iconic London building for over 5 years. Yinka has spoken about the globe head and the reasons behind it, ” I wanted to make her a metaphor for humanity, for inclusiveness, not just a portrait”

Spot our globe! Photo courtesy of the Royal Opera House London

In other news we have completed the Churchill Globe, and it looks mighty impressive! (see photo below – top center)  Measuring over 50 inches in diameter and stood on a grand handmade oak base, the final colour wash was finished last week, and our team’s hard work has certainly paid off.  The globe will be featuring along with many others in the Bellerby Collection at the Royal Geographical Society in September.  The exhibition, entitled, “Geographical Blueprint: The Art of the Handcrafted Globe”  will display a large collection of our handmade globes, as well as specialist artist globe section – we are so, SO excited!

 Bye-bye for now from the globe family, have a lovely weekend.

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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?

You can find us at Bellerby Globemakers on Pinterest 

We’re in the London Easter hunt

It’s beautiful, clear, crisp morning in north London, and we’re excited.

In just five days the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt starts, and we are part of the fun.  The big egg hunt itself runs for 40 days and 40 nights and launches on Shrove Tuesday (21st February 2012).  It features 200 eggs made by unique artists, from fashion to graphics, fine artists and well… globemakers!

In the picture of our studio (above) you can spot the naked egg – delivered to us to decorate as we see fit… what creative freedom! We decided to adorn the egg in our signature Britannia globe style maps, and Peter and his team of artists worked hard day and night to fit the gores by hand to the shape.  It is such a beautiful piece!  Of the other 199 artists we have seen a few exquisite eggsamples (oops) and they are all wonderful works of art.  Here is a snap shot of the globe just as it was drying from it’s final coat of varnish, topped with a finishing touch of gold leaf.

The event is truly inspirational and hopes to raise over £1million for its charities – the Elephant Family and Action for Children. If you are in London in the next few weeks, round up the troops, shell out (sorry, couldn’t resist) for a treasure hunt map and get cracking on those clues.  Last one there’s a rotten egg!  Sorry I’ll stop now…