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Summer Exhibition for Jewellery and Art Lovers

We woke up to a lovely warm Sunday morning.

Right after breakfast, we dropped by little T’s best friend’s house (one of her many best-friends) to give him his birthday present and to eat some delicious birthday cake with coffee.  Then we did some errands, went off to pick up M, the mum of another of T’s best-friend’s who also happens to be a friend.  She asked if T would want to stay behind to play with W, of course she said yes. So off we went, sans the children to a friend’s summer exhibit at Rock.  Yes, the weekend was all about friends.

It was one of those lovely rare-child-free moments where we got to pretend we were grown-ups attending an art and jewellery exhibition. We mingled, sipped prosecco, ate delicate looking canapés, looked at beautiful paintings and pretended that we could afford art works worth about four figures and that we didn’t have responsibilities and kids who were probably running around like loonies as we sipped our lovely wine and nibbled daintily (or so we tried) at chocolate coated strawberries.

M and I oohed and aahed over the lovely delicate jewellery handmade by our friend, choosing our favourites and at the same time wondering where we would wear such lovely pieces, while T’s dad trailed behind us feigning interest.  We giggled with the idea of showing up and wearing our friend’s intricately designed jewellery at the school gate.

Chloe Michell’s jewellery are unique one-one-of-a-kind pieces.  If you’re looking for something that’s just a little bit extra special, I have a feeling you’ll find it in her collections which are all handmade and delicately made in Cornwall.

Then we moved on to the lovely paintings by her mum artist Danka Napiorkowska, and I wish I could afford them all.  My favourite among the others was a painting of Cape Verde fish which was about £1,200.  I also saw another one I loved but was even more expensive at £2,000.  When I win the lottery, I’m going to buy all her paintings.  (Note to self:  Buy lottery ticket which I never do).

She had beautiful painting of fishes and flowers.  I loved her fish pieces which according to Chloe, she painted during one of her Cape Verde trips which isn’t surprising because they made me think of lovely warm tropical days with the wind billowing and sand in my feet.

I also loved her crockery where she had her lovely designs of fishes on beautiful Wedgwood plates.  And not just plates, but mugs, jugs as well.  Her pieces are beautiful.  Like her paintings, I wanted to take them all home with me.

If you’re in the area at the moment, do drop by for a visit, especially if you are like me who love beautiful unique pieces whether it is jewellery, crockery or a work of art, you won’t be disappointed.

Danka Napiorkowska and Chloe Michell’s Summer Exhibition is still on and is open daily till the 27th of this month from 10am – 6pm at the Rock Institute near Wadebridge here in Cornwall.

At the end of our visit, thanks to the Historian, I didn’t come away empty-handed.  I went home with a lovely print from Danka’s fish collection which is now hanging proudly in our living room.

I’m also now a proud owner of one of her large Wedgwood plates with her beautiful seafood design.

The historian also chose a lovely Chloe Michell silver necklace with a love heart for little T.

Have I piqued your interest yet?

If you’re nowhere near Cornwall, and love art do you can always head over to Danka Napiorkowska’s website and don’t forget to visit Chloe Michelle’s jewellrey too.

 What about you?

Do you like collecting art pieces and jewellery too?

The “Look” (Woman with the Shopping Bags)

Photo credit here.

I first saw this photo on my friend’s (January Chat with a Mom) blog entry about hyperrealist artist Ron Mueck’s exhibit in Paris.  It’s a sculpture called Woman with the Shopping Bags.

Photo credit here.

It’s the look on her face that has haunted me for the past few days.  I know that look, I know that well. That look tells you I’m bone-tired. I’m exhausted.  I don’t remember the last time I had any decent sleep, nor the last time I had a long shower or bath. Self?  What is that word?  I don’t know what it is.  All I know is that I need to hurry and cook the dinner, put my little one to bed, do the laundry, fold the laundry before the next feed.  I have so many worries in my head.  I worry about my little one’s poo, diet, sleeping patterns, what to cook…  

That is the look a lot of women have worn in the past or will wear time and again.  That look also tells you that she is having an internal dialogue in her head.  What did she mean when she said that?  Does she think I’m stupid?  How dare she make that comment about me!  Or am I just being too over-sensitive? … Butter?  Did I forget to buy butter?  Darn, I should’ve bought those strawberries, such a bargain.  But my bags are too heavy.  My shoulders ache.  If I could just rest a bit.  No, I’ve got to get home and start dinner.

If you want to read more about the exhibit, you can visit Kala’s blog here.

Have you ever had that look on your face?