7 Feb 2014

Street Art Files: One . . .

Street art is such a transient form of art that whenever I come across outstanding examples of it, I try to get photographic evidence to help it last that little bit longer. As such, I've amassed quite a collection of pictures on my Instagram of such work and thought it would be great to share the best of the collection to-date here on Lily in the Labyrinth. I've done my best to identify artists but there are a couple I'm of unsure of - if you can fill in any missing details I'd love to hear from you in the comments section. 
Above: Spotted: Prince Albert Street, Brighton (2013). Artist: Imbue
Above: Spotted: Old Street area of London (Jan 2014). Artist: Zabou
 Above: Spotted: Princelet Street, London (2012). Artist: Stik
Above: Spotted: Old Street ares, London (January 2014). Artist: Unknown. (Anyone know?) 
Above: Spotted: Brick Lane, London (2012). Artist: Vhils / Alexandre Farto
Above: Spotted: Hanbury Street, London (2012). Artist: ROA
Above: Spotted: Jersey (2013). Artist: Unknown (Anyone know?)
Above: Spotted: Brick Lane area, London (2012). Artist: Nathan Bowen
Above: Spotted: Brick Lane area, London (2012). Artist: Little Devil
Above: Spotted: Princelet Street, London (2012). Artist: St8ment

I do have a wider collection of street art photos taken when I visited London's Cans Festival back in 2008 (I think), which I will hopefully add to this series of blog posts soon, if you're interested? Cans Festival was an amazing, one-off celebration of street art that took place in the then disused Eurostar tunnel near London Waterloo. Over three days there were workshops, installations and displays by some of the most prominent street artists out there - including Banksy et al. If the sound of that whets your appetite then please be sure to check back soon for some images from the event. 

3 Feb 2014

Lily Loves: Fabric birds

I bought this sweet little fabric bird a while ago from UK-based Etsy store 5lovebirdsnest as a Christmas gift for my Mum. She was absolutely thrilled with the gift, which came carefully wrapped in tissue paper tied with string and finished with a handmade tag crafted from vintage paper and dried flowers - a really nice touch.
The bird itself is made from scraps of cotton neatly stitched together to form the patchwork body and wings. The adorably large feet are wire wound in cotton string and finished with a little fabric tag on one leg. A little clay heart hangs around the bird's neck and is a nice finishing touch.  
Fabric birds such as this can often come with quite a large price tag on Etsy, but I found 5lovebirdsnest to be very reasonably priced and Rita - who creates all the little fabric birds and critters - clearly puts a lot of time, effort and skill into every detail of the birds. So, if you're looking for a sweet gift ideas for a friend of loved one, it's well worth paying 5lovebirdsnest a visit. 
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