Street Art in Bristol

One of the members of our team recently went to Bristol to explore its Street Art.

The Street Art scene is so diverse and rich, with a number of well known as well as new artists who left cutting-edge pieces of art throughout the city. 

 

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The immensity of the colours, the vibe of each piece and that vibrant feeling behind each work makes the visitor overwhelmed.

 

Graffiti is literally everywhere: sometimes touching, sometimes horrific, sometimes bizarre or full of pain, sometimes joyful. Walking through Bristol’s streets is such an emotional experience!

 

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Everywhere is a feast of colours, contrasting with the grey architecture (and the sky of course, but this is England and we love it, right?!). Each graffiti seems to have fun playing with the surrounding bleak and alienating city.

 

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Bars are full of students drawing in their notebooks and talking about art whilst galleries and independent shops sell and promote the work of local artists.

 

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How inspiring is all of that?! How cool is hanging around and feeling surrounded by art?! We love it!

 

During your walk through the side streets off Nelson Street, you might find a panda playing with its bamboo on the sidewalk, whilst above it, some huge pink wall is giving life to interesting stories. 
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Behind one building, there is a massive young mother holding her baby . They are not full coloured, the contours of the paint are left empty to match the grey walls and to contrast with the red bricks behind. Some 
reddish shades embrace the baby (and you ask yourself: why?!). The mother looks sad and protective, so feminine and interrogative. Discretely hidden behind a dull building, like every mother looking for some intimacy when it comes to caring of her own baby. She reminds the sweetness of motherhood to the urban jungle. 
 

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Street art is art in the streets, it is a painting in an architectural scene, a playful and genius splash of colours making fun of an insane and dull
ing urbanity.

 

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We couldn’t stop walking, the curiosity of finding the next graffiti is too high and we came across another stunning piece, and another there, and another one again down there. It is a journey through a surreal world!
 
Come over, see this one. It is great. It is street art. It is art.

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No matter who the author is, no matter what the message behind it is, you only want to keep immersing yourself in such a vibrant journey and keep walking and looking up. There is an absolute freedom in the way you can approach street art, with no pre-conceptions and no expectations. This reminded us how art should really be: emotional and sensorial.

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The Fabric of India Exhibition

One of the Alidad team paid a visit to the V&A over the weekend to see the long awaited Fabric of India exhibition.

 

Not only was the exhibition carefully put together, it was incredibly informative and of course, just stunning to look at! I was taken on a journey from the nature of actually making cloth, the various methods of decorating it, through to the assorted uses. Fascinating videos of craftsmen today, practising the arts of hand block printing, intricate hand embroidery and weaving on hand looms were dotted around, portraying the skill and labour that goes in to the textiles that we use on a day to day basis here at Alidad Ltd. It is quite easy to forget the level of expertise that can go in to one beautiful cushion cover!

 

The highlight had to be the full Mughal tent, a portable palace, decorated with poppies in bordered panels; a pattern and colour combination that I could definitely see in an Alidad designed home!

 

It is quite clear that we owe a great deal to the Indian Textile trade, and this exhibition highlights the importance and the enormous influence it has had throughout history on fashion, jewellery and of course out interiors!

 

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London Design Festival: Alidad talk with Gabby Deeming at Guinevere

On Monday afternoon, as part of the London Design Festival, a large crowd of people gathered in Guinevere Antiques to hear Alidad talk with Gabby Deeming, House and Garden, about his style and use of antiques.

 

Alidad’s newly opened windows, one in a decadent and rich style, the other in a light elegant style, were beautifully put together and warranted much attention by the enthusiastic audience members.

 

The talk ranged from discussing how to mix different periods, the importance of evoking the senses and Alidad’s special brand of design intuition! Gabby guided the conversation with ease and asked some fascinating questions, drawing out excellent tips from Alidad about everything from the use of colour to how to develop your career.

 

We greatly enjoyed ourselves and thought the event was a huge success! Thank you Guinevere Antiques for hosting us!

 


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Introducing New Velvet Furniture Pieces – Julius Cabinet and Antonius Console Table

We are very excited here at Alidad about our two new Velvet Furniture Pieces – the Julius Cabinet and the Antonius Console Table.

 

Shown below, both with a Nero Marquina marble top, they are an elegant addition to our range of furniture in rich velvet and antique bronze nailing that has come to define Alidad’s style and aesthetic.  Other colours and tops are available for both these items of furniture.

 

Please visit http://www.alidad.com/products/#alidad-velvet-furniture-collection for more details on dimensions and materials.

 

Please contact us at decoration@alidad.com or 02073840121 for further information, prices and samples.

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Alidad Adores – Wendy Cushing Passementerie

This week Alidad Adores these sumptuous and classic tassel tiebacks from Wendy Cushing Passementerie.

 

Wendy came to visit us this week and brought a dazzling array of richly textured tassel tiebacks. We absolutely love the ornate detail, traditional craftsmanship and intricate decoration of these decadent curtain accessories.

 

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Alidad Adores: Augustus Leather Console, Velvet Furniture

This week Alidad Adores a new bespoke version of our very own Augustus Console from our Velvet Furniture Collection!

Re-imagined in leather this console table looks smart, contemporary and stylish with beautiful bronze nailing detail and a veneered wood top. We think this design we produced for Hollandesign is incredibly exciting and an interesting take on our traditional Velvet Furniture collection. edit 25

Alidad Adores – Pippa Caley Embroidered Fabrics

This week Alidad Adores these textured and colourful fabrics from Pippa Caley. We love the elaborate organic forms, the delicate embroidery and the bright bursts of colour in these varied and interesting textiles. A really fun and unusual addition to any room! fabric 11 final fabric 6 final fabric 3 final
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Alidad Adores – English Brass & Steel Drinks Trolley with Swivelling Shelves, Guinevere

This week we absolutely love this sophisticated English Brass & Steel Drinks Trolley with Swivelling Shelves from Guinevere.

The curved geometry make it an enchanting piece to add to any drawing room and the swivel action shelves will definitely liven up cocktail hour! The rich colours of the brass and steel really compliment each other well and make a simple design into an elegant whole. We love it!table 2

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Introducing ‘Alidad Adores’ – This Week: English Tapestry, Julia Boston Antiques

Here at Alidad we are excited to announce we will be posting a weekly blog about what we love!

Be on the look out for interesting insights into what grabs our attention and excites us each week!

 

This week, Alidad Adores: English Tapestry

 

 

This English Mythological Tapestry from Julia Boston Antiques​. We love the composition of this 18th century tapestry and the exquisite scrollwork on the border – amazing something this old is in such excellent condition!

 

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The tapestry depicts Apollo at Vulcan’s forge, the moment when the god Apollo visits Vulcan and tells him his wife Venus is having an affair with Mars the god of war. Apollo is shown wearing a red toga turning towards Vulcan who is not seen but his anvil and tools are depicted in the bottom right hand side of the tapestry. Venus and Mars are seen to the left in an embrace. Apollo’s chariot is shown in the clouds above his head.

 

Woven in wools and silks from the series Venus and Vulcan, reduced in size. This tapestry has been cleaned and had minimal conservation it has been fully backed with linen.

 

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