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It was a dark and volcanoey bathroom.

 

I’m so pleased to see House & Garden sharing a picture of my bathroom that didn’t make it into the March issue featuring my house. Paintings of Volcanoes and faux coral on brackets add a firey pop of colour to this dark and cosy haven. Read more about it here.

 

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I just don’t fit in the box.

 

But my 6 3/4 oz scented candles do! 

I’ve finally been able to have boxes made to fit this size candle and I couldn’t be happier with the result. With thanks to the wonderful Sheffield box makers M. M. Bell & Sons Ltd. This is the go to company when you have certain box making criterion that needs fulfilling.

If you would like to stock these and any other Bridie Hall at Home products please email info@bridiehall.com for more information.

 

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Is your muff big enough?

 

I spent a couple of hours at Miss Pokeno’s HQ exhibition a couple of Saturdays ago slowly and carefully burning nasty things that had been said to me over my life time along with the 100’s and 1000’s of others on a large oak dining table. It was quite an eye opener.

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I don’t think I could have the concept of the show better than the journalist Bidisha for the HuffPostCulture blog. 

“Over the last three years, Miss Pokeno has been working on a new creative enterprise, launching in a couple of weeks: a collaboration with a (possibly fictional, definitely enigmatic) militant feminist activist group, the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance. Think of the Sisters as both the embodiment and the source of bold, fiery and beautiful art, culminating in the exhibition, which is called HQ. Opening in a South London space, the works in HQ have been created in response to a brief to “glorify that which is too ugly for words”.

The works combine an intricate, polished Victoriana beauty with the zealous confidence of the Suffragists and the brash, vocal energy of our current age of global protest. There’s a seven foot round Ikea Hefner/Stringfellow type sleazo bed covered in satin, velvet flowers and bluebirds protesting bad and clichéd sex, a barricade of eight brightly coloured Slut Riot chairs celebrating young militant women and a tailored marching coat with pockets concealing glass hammers and silver plated wrecking bars. For the aesthetically-minded militant like me, who appreciates fine materials and good craft along with my pain and rage, there are some gorgeous emu eggs filled with gold paint for throwing, a red velvetFuck The Fucking Fuckers banner and Too Ugly for Words, a large oak school table that has been inscribed by visiting women (and will continue to be inscribed) with all the misogynist insults we’ve had hurled into our faces, “from skunt to toxic fanny to cunt like a sewer to sad sloppy menopausal mess”, surrounded by tall chairs (the chairs of the boys’ club) covered in black bags of shame which also represent the shadowiness of women’s absence, our shrouding and erasure from public life and from all tables of power.

HQ is a blazing, committed, politically fervent and exquisitely crafted show, the meeting point of gentility and profanity, skill and ardour. You can give no finer tribute than to visit, approach the table and carve your own insult.

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HQ by Miss Pokeno and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance will be showing at 1 Doyce Street, London SE1 0EU. HQ opens on November 14th for private views by appointment and will be open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm until 13th December 2013.”

Calling all Detail Freaks!

Part Time Studio Assistant Wanted for Bridie Hall at Home

Bridie Hall is currently looking for a part time studio assistant for 1-2 days a week. They will be required to help out with the preparation and finishing of products along with maintaining a neat and tidy studio.

The studio assistant would ideally have a design/painting background with a basic understanding of gesso, gilding, lacquering, though not essential. They will be working with a broad range of products, decouapge plates, intaglio boxes, geometric shapes, scented candles. Photography and styling know how would be an added advantage. The more skill they are willing to pick up and assist with the more work there will be going forward.

The candidate must be meticulous, listen to and follow instruction carefully, have excellent attention to detail, be capable of prioritising their workload and able to be confidently left alone to carry out their work. A tidy and methodical approach to work is of upmost importance.

The studio is based in Bloomsbury, Central London, alongside interiors store Ben Pentreath Ltd.

Hourly rate £7.00/hour

Please email c.v. and anything you may think relevant to info@bridiehall.com

Available to start immediately.

 

 

The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.

Does anyone need reminding about opting into organ donation? It can be done online (I’ve only given a link for the UK, but you can google Organ Donation + your country to do it wherever in the world you are).

Easy peasy and extraordinarily important. Click here to do something you’ve been meaning to do for years. I’ve seen first hand how dramatically it can improve a persons life. It is SO SO worth it, that heart you never thought you had could more than make up for it a second time around!

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First Rule of Fight Club

The new is not revealed to those whose eyes are fastened in worship upon the old

 

When was the last time you were greeted with an image that sets the hairs on the back of your neck on end? I spend a lot of time looking for things, looking at things, I like to see things I’ve never seen before. It can be anything, so long as it’s coming from somewhere and inspired. Sometimes I find myself bored, dismissive when nothing seems to hit the spot. I went to see Baz Lurhmans ‘The Great Gatsby’ today which is a case in point. I thought the story very sad and everything very beautiful but hmm not as mind blowing as I was expecting, perhaps its the era its set in, I’m never keen on the 20’s style. Poor Gatsby’s house was a bit of a horror. Anyway, I was stopped in my tracks the other day when I had my attention bought to Toilet Paper magazine. Have you seen it before? This erotic, spine-tingling magazine is the lovechild of infamous image-makers Maurizio Cattelan, my favourite artist, and Pierpaolo Ferrari, and is one of the most unique publications being created today. In its published hardback form it is not cheap starting at £50 back issues go into the 100’s, well worth it if you can afford it.

If not the website is as eye opening, insane, inspiring, original as any you are going to find today. If you are familiar with Maurizio Cattelan’s work you’ll know what kind of road you’re going to be driven down but if you don’t I almost envy you getting to see it all for the first time.

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Conviction of Blair

 

Well, if ever there was a woman I hoped to be when I grow up, it’s got to be a lady like this….

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Just getting a few things ready and feeling a little nervous

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of things, I’ve been spending a lot of time on a lot of  things, I’ve been calculating a lot of things, I’ve been experimenting on a lot of things and I’ve been spending a lot of money on a lot of things. The things are things I completely believe in. I do feel like I’m in nomads land at the moment where it’s just work work work work and then take a look around and I’m just alone except for a small kitten sitting on top of a model house licking itself. 

Looking for a little online distraction, I found it here on Black*Eiffel. A great pep talk to make you smile and send you back to the work of basically being awesome.

Anyway, we’re nearly there with some improvements to the website and a lot of new designs, I can’t wait to share them with everyone.