International Children’s Art                       


The LIGIA or London International Gallery of Children’s Art was founded at Southbank International School in Hampstead in 1993.   They are a registered charity that host exhibitions of children’s art from both around the world and locally to London.  The most recent exhibition entitled “Save our Mangrove Forests: Portraits by Sri Lankan Children” included a variety of mixed media artwork giving an insight into the lives of children in Sri Lanka.  Featuring work created by fishing community children living in southern Sri Lanka, by young people whose lives were devastated by the 2004 tsunami.  The pieces selected showed a first-hand account of the importance of mangrove forests to the livelihood of coastal villages.

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In relation to 'the art of not doing much'

A small contemplation about nothing in particular

Taking the time to be calm and peaceful is an art in itself.  In the previous article, I reflected on the IINDM (The Art of Not Doing Much), which gives a tongue in cheek approach to relaxing, taking 'sophisticated life in the slow lane'.  What is it that allows this process to begin… this active participation in doing nothing?  

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With articles such as ‘Slowosophy’ and ‘The Art of Not Doing Much’, the IINDM recounts the wisdom of how to relax and live at a slower pace.  Many of us become consumed by the everyday bustle of working life and forget to take time for ourselves, time not even to think or contemplate but simply to remain peaceful and thoughtless, to empty our minds of worry and to feel contented in being…

One article gives insights into the etymology of the phrase ‘getting out of the wrong side of the bed’, with Augustus Caesar superstitious about the ancient belief of bad luck if you set the left food on the ground first.  Although these harbingers have long since become obsolete, the article goes on to describe the benefits of staying in bed.  With scientific evidence of: ‘beneficial mental states between sleep and wakefulness.  Sleeping longer can even make you more intelligent.’ With this in mind, it seems obligatory to stay in bed as long as possible, and yet the call of life ensues…

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Born Isabella Delves Broughton in 1958, Blow was an innovator of fashion.  Described as the epitome of an English eccentric, she was renowned for her extrovert dress sense, with her most well known outfit comprising of little more than red lipstick, a fur coat and hat.  Blow had aristocratic beginnings, growing up on her family’s estate in Cheshire, however her life was not one devoid of hardship; her difficult relationship with her parents, and the tragedy of losing a brother at a young age lead to problems with depression in later life.

Beginning her adult life in a squat in London at the age of 18, she later moved to New York, where she befriended prominent artists, Andy Warhol and Basquiat to name a few.  Later she went on to become Anna Wintour’s (the creative director of American Vogue in the 1980s) assistant.  Blow returned to London in 1986, working at Tatler Magazine, she became illustrious for her ability to discover and cultivate new design talent, one of her most famous discoveries was Alexander McQueen, she is known to have bought his entire graduate show collection and continually supported him through the development of his career.  Once Blow found a designer that she loved, she would promote them by exclusively wearing their pieces.  She was such an iconographic figure that people would take notice and recognise the designers she was cultivating.  Blow went on to have a successful career and to be a prominent figure in the fashion world, despite her constant battles with depression. 

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In reference to the coming collections, an introduction to the sapphire will give our readers a sneak peek into the beauty of the imminent jewels.  The blue sapphire, with its similarities to the lavish pigment of lapis lazuli, used by Florentine painters in the fifteenth century, has an extensive history.

Sapphires can be found naturally, in rock formations or sediments, they are the second hardest minerals, next to the diamond.  The sapphire is in the same family as the ruby, and in a similar way they are classified by their colour, clarity, size, cut and overall quality.  The blue sapphire is the most recognized, but they are also found in shades of grey and black, and can even be colourless.  Blue sapphires are classified in terms of the clarity and vividness of their primary and secondary colour hues, with secondary colours varying from purple, green, pink, orange, brown and violet.  Violet and purple are the more sought after.

The Logan sapphire is one of the most famous, mined in Sri Lanka; it is one of the world’s largest faceted blue sapphires, of an astounding 423-carats. With a violet secondary hue and exceptional clarity for such a large gem.  It is on display at the Gem Gallery at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.

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