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Joanna stops in Washington DC the political heartland of America.  The city exudes class and politics.  Historic buildings and wide green avenues give an elegant and stylish feel to the city – the Whitehouse, the Pentagon and the US Treasury to name a few.   Joanna stops to see the US Treasury which delivers a federal budget of about 3500 billion dollars – that would buy quite a lot of shoes!

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Joanna steps into the British Airways First Class Lounge at Heathrow, to sample the iconic champagne bar.  The British Airways First Class Lounge in Terminal 5 is a haven from the hustle  and bustle of the departure concourse. The champagne bar is a a great place to stop before a long flight and to sample the finest vintage champagnes.  On the day Joanna stopped in there was a selection of Laurent Perrier vintage champagnes.  Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier has been avant-garde in creating unique and  elegant  champagnes for over 200 years. Laurent-Perrier makes vintage Champagne only in the very best years, when the characteristics of the harvest create a wine that is in keeping with a style and quality that merits the Laurent-Perrier signature. Vintage Champagnes from Laurent-Perrier are rare because the majority of vintage year grapes are used in the House’s multi-vintage wines. In order for Laurent-Perrier to produce vintage Champagne, they not only need superior grapes, but an abundance of them.

Beautiful heels with exquisite champagne…!

 

 

 

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Out on a mission to find a person that I want to collaborate with for SS13, I visited the Origin Show  at London Spitafields. It is quite a small show area, but they really pack it in tight and there was a lot amazing work on show!

There were two really interesting Lighting installations;

Tsai & Yoshikawawww.tsai-yoshikawa.com (Super over the top, bright and colourful sculpture – that could light any room on fire)

Niamh Barrywww.niamhbarry.com (A links of London light, which was pure elegance and class – completed with perfect metal hand sculpting)

Although the two light installations were big, bold and eye-catching, it was really the small and delicate work that caught my interest.

Rebecca J Coleswww.Rebeccajcoles.co.uk 

“As a paper artist my work currently focuses on the reinvention of entomological cataloguing, display and the assemblage of shapes. I am fascinated with the process by which three-dimensional decorative forms materialise out of flat sheets of paper. By deconstructing various paper ephemera I create unique works of art.

The delineation of these forms within the ethos and methods of my work requires an absolute labour of love, where repetition has always been notable and each piece is composed of hundreds if not thousands of profiles.

Each shape is hand drawn and then intricately hand cut from carefully selected paper, focusing on recycling a medium that would otherwise be discarded and lost. I dissect small details of colour, imagery and text into silhouettes that are then re-sculptured, pinned and encased. My aim is to transform an every day object into a piece of work that invites the viewer to see beyond its original source.”

Emma Warewww.emmaware.co.uk 

“Made by juxtaposing malleable dark rubber with polished metal, these are intricate sculptures that are framed and complimented by the body. Reflecting our curves and angles to emphasize and celebrate the beauty in nature. Soft, tactile and moveable these creations need to be seen and touched to be fully appreciated.

Not only are these pieces unique, they grow from a sustainable, ethical perspective. The design is of primary importance, the fact the materials are reclaimed is fundamental but not obvious. All pieces are made by hand in her London studio, each is a one-off, an art work in itself.”

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The Lancet is one of the world’s best known, oldest, and most respected general medical journals. While in London, Joanna took a trip to Camden to visit the editor-in-chief  Richard Horton. Richard is a passionate advocate for improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.  He got Joanna’s attention by drawing  attention to the millions of the world’s “virtual people.” It’s not a new computer game, it is a very important task. There are people who are born, live and die and no one even knows they exist.  Over 50 million people a year, are born and they are not registered, not counted in population estimates, and for all intents and purposes, they are invisible.  That’s shocking,  Every one of us in a small way, can make our lives count for something – lets make our lives count, so that we can in whatever way we can, do something to help the world’s “virtual people.”

Joanna is really starting to see some interesting places and meet some interesting people, but there are so many more she could meet that she doesn’t know about!

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Check out this website I was put onto by a friend recently. A super cool mix of men’s, women’s and children’s clothes. The website really promotes young brands and people trying to make their label known. I am a big fan.

Plain and simple, conversation starter.

The design that describes me.

An interesting design switch.

Quite similar to Asos marketplace and boutique – street shots and young people.

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Joanna Chills With a West African Musician  in Montreaux – Montreaux.  Located on the westcoast of Africa and filled with mangroves and palm trees, Guinea’s captial – Conakry, is one of the wettest cities in the world. Guinea’s major resources are gold, diamonds, aluminium, bauxite and iron ore. West Africa is one of the few places I have not visited – but thankfully I found a friend that had moved from Guinea and was playing music in Montreaux!  I found a translater and found out that his instrument was a Kora and he had made it himself by hand. People who are not part of the industrial business in Guinea, live by growing and selling crops and are known for their hand carving.  Joanna stopped and enjoyed his music for the afternoon.

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