Imogen's Webb

Seeing Double

The photographer Corinne Vionnet has amalgamated hundreds of tourist snaps to create each of the following images.  I like this series as a comment on tourist photography: certain monuments are photographed thousands of times a year, and the resulting images represent a trophy earned by the visitor.  The interesting thing is that each photo is inevitably similar, but when they are merged the slight discrepancies become apparent, resulting in a ghostly apparition of these usually rock solid landmarks.

I Don’t Think You’re Ready For This Jelly

This post has come to fruition for two reasons, the first being that I have been meaning to write about the jellymongers Bompas & Parr for ages but haven’t been able to think of a way to do them justice.  The second being that a young man I met the other day said he didn’t know how to make Pimms.  Anyone who knows me will understand how upsetting this was.

Pimms is a STAPLE summer drink and everyone ought to know how to make it!  What would a picnic or BBQ be without it?  I’m so excited I even made a collage. 

Fill a jug with ice.
Mix 1 part PIMM’S No.1 with 3 parts chilled lemonade.
Add some mint, orange, strawberry and cucumber (I cannot bear the taste of the latter so I always omit that) some people also use apple and lemon - unorthodox but allowed.

Moving on, to where Pimms meets jelly in Bompas & Parr’s book:

I worked for Bompas & Parr for a bit (more on this at a later date), they are lovely guys and set up some awesome events which are often open to the public.  They are architectural, jelly-based food genii!  Check out their website to see what’s coming up.  I highly recommend going to one of their events if you can, I can guarantee you won’t have been to anything like it before.  And no, I am not on commission.

They gave me their book and a jelly mould of Buckingham Palace which they made. 

I scanned the mould… I think this image must be a ghostly reflection of its soul.

I have been putting both to good use, and thought I would share the recipe for Bompas & Parr’s Pimms Cup jelly.

With recipes ranging from an absinthe jelly invented for Mark Ronson's 33rd Birthday party, to Christmas pudding, Um Bongo, and even bacon-cola jellies, this book is awesome.  Try these recipes and you’ll never want to buy jelly cubes again!

Bartfest

Earlier this week I went to the summer show at my old haunt, The Bartlett school of architecture.  There was an amazing array of work, as expected, and I know how hard everyone slaved to produce it.  I stupidly didn’t take photographs of the show itself, but you still have a chance to go - it is on until 5pm tomorrow (Saturday 9th July).

On display is everything from hand drawings to computer renderings, models, installations, and some very accomplished films.  With all this across 23 design units, one thing Bartfest could not be called is boring.

I thought I would share some images from the show catalogue… they don’t compare to seeing the overwhelming amount of work in the flesh, but even so…

DEGREE WORK

BSc Unit 4 (Tutors: Mike Aling + Luke Pearson)

BSc Unit 4 - I especially love Aaron Lee’s exploded 3D drawing of a bodyguard training facility in Las Vegas (bottom left)

BSc Unit 5 (Tutors: Julia Backhaus + Pedro Font Alba)

BSc Unit 8 (Tutors: Johan Berglund + Rhys Cannon)

BSc Unit 9 (Tutors: Max Dewdney + Chee-Kit Lai) - another great exploded axonometric drawing, this one by Louis Sullivan (right)

DIPLOMA WORK

MArch Unit 11 (Tutors: Laura Allen + Mark Smout) - beautiful drawing of an air purifying building by Rina Kukaj (right)

MArch Unit 12 (Tutors: Matthew Butcher, Elizabeth Dow + Jonathan Hill) - this unit is known for its ridiculously good hand drawings, and did not disappoint this year

MArch Unit 15 (Tutors: Nic Clear + Simon Kennedy) - incredibly well rendered, very spatial films.  I for one cannot begin to understand how they make them… Scary.

MArch Unit 16 (Tutors: Simon Herron + Susanne Isa) - awesome hand-drawing of an engineer’s palace by Meor Haris K Bahrin (right)

MArch Unit 21 (Tutors: Abigail Ashton + Andrew Porter) - intricate and colourful model of a theatrical pleasure ground by Sarah Bromley (right)

Go and have a look, you won’t believe your eyes.  And to all this year’s Bartloids: congratulations!

Architecture Turns Nasty

The Practice of Everyday Design (an aptly named design firm) have created the McNasty Mansion -  a project which I would argue is neither practical nor everyday, but it is definitely an interesting design.

Taking inspiration from the phenomena of the American McMansion - a term I am only familiar with from listening to Ben Folds’s Jesusland - they have created a monster.

This many-headed Hydra of the architecture world combines the McMansion trophy home ideals of “more rooms than one can fill, enough mixed styles to ensure complete architectural confusion, and enough faux finishes and cheap materials to keep cost down but dimensions huge”, showing the monstrous result of too much money and no taste for what it really is.  A mess.


Note that although I call the McMansion an American phenomena, I am aware we are not immune to it here.  Think footballers’ “palaces” and executive housing estates and the sort of house that Katie Price would choose.  Someone call the demolition squad!

Just imagine, if Fankenstein had been an architect…

One!

The July Issue of Mono Magazine has just gone live, including my VERY FIRST article for the publication: an interview with artist Ali Kazim about his human hair sculpture which enthralled me at the Slade MA show.

Read it here (scroll down, it’s in the middle).

Oh and the rest of the mag is freakin’ wicked too!

Oh Ceciliaaaa, I’m down on my knees….
For anyone who has never watched this, there is certainly no time like the present.  And if you part from the experience slightly fancying Chris Dean, don’t say I didn’t warn you.  Dressed as a geek, and “unable” to ice-skate but actually skating like a dream.  To Simon and Garfunkel?  Classic.