05 January 2011

a spot of culture...dan holdsworth at baltic

On Monday we finally managed to leave the house and walked from our house in the east of Newcastle to Baltic on the Gateshead side of the river Tyne.  It was so refreshing to get outside, to blow the cobwebs away a little.  The exhibition we went to see was Dan Holdsworth's Blackout images of glaciers and mountains in Iceland, which were so very striking and beautiful with black inky skies and white, shiny, slightly translucent ice.  P has spent time in both the Arctic and Antarctic so could understand the scale and impact of the images much better than me.  It was so very hard to know how big everything was, to know for sure whether what you were looking at was a glacier metres and metres wide or a collection of teeny tiny dirty ice crystals.

A visit to Baltic isn't complete without a visit to the shop, which is one of the few spots in Newcastle or Gateshead to get designer stationery, homeware, cool cards and a tremendous range of art and culture books...a bit like the shop in Tate Modern I guess.  I was thrilled to get a new Moleskine 2011 red diary half price!  And after much thrashing around I decided to go for the A5 rather than the pocket size to give me more note-taking space.  This is an attempt to help me be more creative and to move away from too much of a reliance on electronic guismos to move away from screens to a more analogue space...we'll just have to see how it goes!

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