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Places to inspire this Summer.

As August gets into full swing, it’s easy to feel like the best of the summer has already slipped through your fingers. This is definitely not the case, as there are still plenty of events and exhibitions to visit up and down the
UK. Here are some of the best events we have chosen to inspire a creative mind this summer:
Abstract Expressionism
The Royal Academy of Arts is holding a major retrospective on one of the most turbulent and interesting periods in art history. Showcasing artists from across America, the exhibition aims to fully reflect the diverse range of artists that define the period that changed the face of art forever. Full of vibrant paintings that showcase the fun side of art, find out more at Visit London.
Da Vinci Engineered
For those based further north, until the 21st August you can visit ‘Da Vinci Engineered’ in the heart of the city of Hull. In a specially constructed gallery space at the beautiful Zebedee’s Yard you can see a breath-taking exhibition responding to the idea of flight and the use of engineering in art and design. Alongside specially commissioned and carefully selected works by contemporary artists, you can see twelve faithful reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s flight and wind machines on loan from the Da Vinci museum.
To celebrate being City of Culture 2017, Hull is hosting a variety of exciting one off events. If you’re interested in this event, or want to find out what else is happening there this summer and throughout next year, the City of Culture 2017 website is well worth a visit.
A History of Fashion
Bath’s Fashion Museum is showcasing 500 years of fashion, through 100 of the museum’s outstanding pieces. From a waistcoat da
ting back to the time of Shakespeare, to a 1920s New Look suit right through to a 21st century body-con Galaxy dress – you’ll find plenty of contemporary design inspiration for your summer looks or your latest fashion designs.
Find out more about the exhibition on the Fashion Museum’s website.
Bristol’s Balloon Fiesta
If you’re an artist keen to capture something truly amazing whilst experiencing a buzzing festival, Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta may be just for you this summer. The four-day event in mid-August includes the show-stopping magical ‘nightglow’ finales which see the night sky illuminated by a fleet of hot air balloons accompanied by a dazzling firework display – perfect for capturing by budding photographers.
You can find out more about the fiesta here.
Colour and Vision
You may not think of London’s Natural History Museum as a place to go for artistic inspiration, but their Colour and Vision exhibition may provide just that this summer. The carefully designed exhibition showcases nature in all its colourful glory - creating the perfect photographs for Instagram or providi
ng inspiration for your next artwork. While you’re there you’ll also learn the science behind the evolution to the vibrant colours we see in animals today. If you’re interested, more information can be found on their website.
Of course this is just a handful of the exciting events and exhibitions taking place up and down the country this summer. Inspiration may be closer than you think, so check the websites of your local art galleries or event spaces next time you’re in need of an inspirational day out.
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To freelance or not to freelance?

Today’s modern working world does not rely as much on the conventional office lifestyle, and now many young creative professionals today are asking themselves a very important question – should I go freelance? Freelancing can have benefits, but it can have its own drawbacks too. If you’re considering taking the step towards working for yourself, we’ve compiled some information on both sides of the equation for you to consider:

The benefits

Being your own boss has a number of great benefits. For a start, no office means no ties. Freelancing gives you the opportunity to go wherever you want in the world while still progressing in your career – so if your dream office is by the beach, tucked away in a cabin in the woods, or at the heart of an exciting new city, you can set about making it a reality.

This flexibility on destination is coupled with flexibility on working hours. Freelancing allows you to work exactly when and how you want. You can be more discerning about the work you take on, giving you the opportunity to work on projects you’re truly passionate about.

As well as this, you can get your work done at the times you feel most productive, so if you’re a morning person you can tackle your work and then have the evenings to unwind. Your own working habits might even sync up nicely with your clients if they happen to be in different time zones. And, if you want to take a quick break or even a well-earn holiday, there’s no hefty paperwork or anyone to tell you no.

The drawbacks

Despite these great perks, some people may find downsides to the life of a freelancer. One of the most common worries about going freelance is the instability that it presents. As a freelancer you have to source your own work, and there’s no guarantee there will be a constant flow. If you’re considering taking the step, careful budgeting would be required to ensure your security.

A large amount of discipline is also required to go completely independent. Freelancing means honing your organisation skills and fighting your procrastination on a daily basis, which can be difficult and is not suited to everyone.

And another issue with freelancing is that, at least until you can afford to pay someone to help out, you’ll have to do this all on your own. If you’re an outgoing individual who enjoys the social side of working in a team, you may find freelancing lonely – particularly if you decide to take the leap and move away from your native country.

Deciding whether freelancing is for you takes careful thought and consideration, and it’s always best to get organised and weigh up the costs before leaving your current job.

Are you considering going freelance? Or have you already taking the leap? We’d love to hear your thoughts, experiences, or any advice you may have for other like you!

 

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The Inspiration Behind OKConcrete

Style hunters all over the UK have gone mad for the beautiful geometric plant pots from OKConcrete, allowing houses and apartments to burst with life since they burst onto the scene in 2014. The idea is simple - combining organic natural forms with man-made industrial materials for a breath-taking juxtaposition that is pleasing to the eye, yet we know that the story behind the brand is sure to be inspiring. Read on as we chatted to Fleur to find out more about OKConcrete:

Who is OKConcrete and what is your background?

We are Fleur & Colin. Fleur is an interiors and plants addict (who’s day job isn’t even remotely related to interiors!) and Colin has an engineering background and a good sense of how to make the ideas into reality. We love all things home and design related and are generally very busy with one project or another…

 

When and why did you start OKConcrete?

Fleur and Colin on their recent trip to NY

In 2014 I (Fleur) saw some geometric planters in a magazine, fell in love and on searching for them to buy found that they were only available in USA - with some crazy prices for shipping. I had read up about using concrete for other things and decided to make my own. With the high costs of making the initial batch, I thought I’d sell a couple to make my money back. Colin then started to think about how we could improve the product and the manufacturing process. Together we tried various concrete mix ratios, moulding methods and curing techniques and the planters we offer now are a result of all of this.

 

What was your vision for OKConcrete?

Originally just to have a few planters for our house…

Once we started the business we thought it was important to offer attractive designs along with affordable prices. It is soul destroying finding something that you love and then seeing an unaffordable price tag!

 

Out of all the materials available to you, why did you choose to use concrete?

 

I love architecture and one of the styles I think is most underrated is brutalism. It is stark and grey and unforgiving. By using concrete we can bring a little piece of this into the home - giving an industrial feel but also being softened by the plants that grow inside them (did I mention I LOVE plants?!)

 

Why did you create your planters in linear, geometric shapes rather than organic, natural forms?

Geometric shapes were (and still are) on trend in interior fashion. But also, moulding intricate shapes in concrete would be extremely challenging - the products have to be removed from a mould without breaking.

 

Is there a particular design, art, fashion or architectural movement that inspires your creations at all?

Currently we’re really into Mid Century interiors. In the past we have been into Art deco in a big way. Our house has a varied mix of styles and is full of houseplants that sometimes make us think that, actually, a new shape would look better for this plant or that plant; and so we start to think about making it.

 

Would you ever venture out into creating different kind of planters, or build concrete pots for other purposes?

We get asked a lot for other things. We may do in the future, and we’d love to be able to make some really spectacular garden planters. However, we are constrained a little by weight (they would weigh a TON!) and shipping them would become difficult.