Seeking creative inspiration


We pootled off to find some inspiration today:

1. Norman Parkinson photos at the National Theatre Gallery, London. Until the 12th May 2013. Everything about these images is so fresh and full of energy. There is something so good about reassessing the work of a photographer you thought was brilliant and finding the work fifty times better than you remembered it. Go, see and its free too.

Regarded as the father of modern fashion photography, 2013 marks the centenary of Norman Parkinson’s birth. Many of the tropes that are now commonplace in print and online images – exotic locations, unexpected props and weird juxtapositions – were introduced in the extraordinary photographs he took before and after the Second World War. Beyond the glamour that for many defines his work, he was also an incisive and skilful portrait photographer. This National Theatre exhibition will cover all aspects of his long career until his death in 1990.

Find out more here x

2: Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life. Room 74. Until the 19th May 2013. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. We are increasingly influenced by 70’s illustration (see our recent seaside card) and the colour palette of Nessims work particularly inspired us to rework some sketchbook ideas and create finished works.

An overview of the career of the American artist and designer Barbara Nessim, from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to producing a wide range of highly distinctive artworks, Nessim has also worked as an illustrator and fashion designer, creating everything from shoes and textiles to commercial graphics. She has produced cover illustrations for Time, Rolling Stone and the New York Times magazine, plus adverts for Levis and Ralph Lauren. The display includes sketchbooks, prints, drawings, photographs, computer graphics, ceramics, artist’s books and other printed publications.

Find out more here x

3: The Raveonettes. We recently asked a waitress what music was playing in a restaurant. It was The Raveonettes (and apparently she wasn’t supposed to be playing it!). Although they have been around for a good while this Danish indie band are new to us and we have been enjoying their happy sounds with a Beach Boys meets The Smiths vibe. The post picture is a guy from their Last Dance video.

Check out some of their music here

Last Dance x

She Owns The Streets x


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TheBigForest. A silly artist maker creating in felt and paper construction. Like us on Facebook: TheBigForest. Find us at Twitter : twitter/TheBigForestuk


  1. Cheers for this – heading to London and was wondering what I should go see!

  2. Thanks for these — especially the link to the Barbara Nessim video!

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