Friday, 26 November 2010

The Red House - visit 18.11.10

Last week we visited the Red House, in Bexleyheath - home of William Morris centre of the Arts and Crafts movement, as part of our continuing learning into Historic Conservation. It was a really interesting finale to the visits we'd made so far on this particular course.

From the large scale thinking we are having to consider for our conservation plan for Greenwich Park - it was good to look at the Red House in terms of conservation - on a smaller - more domestic scale.

I liked the house, with the curator in residence, and the lovely lady that showed us around - who opened up cupboards and little doors to reveal faded wall paintings by Morris or Elizabeth Siddal - which gave us tantalising glimpses of a colourful history.

It's a pity they don't know what the garden was like when Morris was living there - but it would've been a productive one - the vegetable garden certainly dominated, so probably not much has changed there.
I'd like to go back in the summer.
Here are a few photos I took inside the house and a sketch from the garden.

Sketch of the house being consumed by the garden

I love all these little Arts and Crafts details. This was a hole in the wooden staircase panels - peeping through to see who was at the door!
The House from the orchard
Round window detail - with panels painted by Morris

Rather splendid reflection onto the  very expensive Philip Webb dining room table
secret panels
..and more round things that caught my eye

This week came and went

Monday came and the day of the Tunbridge Wells presentation arrived. The PM (Adele) not Cameron - (although I reckon that girl could possibly make PM one day) - thought her team had done well. I prefer her glass half-full approach to life, so I'm happy. Although, the gift of hindsight is something I might ask Santa for this year.

Talking of Santa, Christmas came early this year for me as I have recently taken delivery of a new iMac. Hours wizz by as I sit consumed by its wonder. There are seven wonders of the world and then there is my screen. Mind you the big screen was useful this week, because in the excitement of the presentations on Monday I left my reading glasses in the loo. I was finally re-united in a Cinderella moment with my lost specs yesterday. I say Cinderella, because I had to somehow verify to the security chap at the front desk that they belonged to me - well I had to put them on to read my student number on my student card....

I digress, yes its been a busy week - Tunbridge Wells forever etched into my consciousness.
Our new words are Connective...Educational...Alternative... now I can see on....

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

A lesson in concept drawing - Monday 15 November

It was good to do some drawing again today - we had some fun with concept drawing.
These drawings led us into the final group activity for the day - see Adele's blog for "Sagaland".

Fun stuff but serious preparation for masterplanning, learnt a lot today.

Concept drawing

Homework - Concept drawing (loosely) based on Chiswick House Gardens

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Waving not drowning...

There has been a lot of activity lately, on a new innovation introduced to us by Alick, called Google Wave.
This has been the preferred method of communicating with each other on our collaborative project on Calverley Park.

It's been really useful because collaborate work is difficult when you cannot meet colleagues face-to-face when working on a project. The "wave" seems more informal than an email - where words and feelings can often be misinterpreted.

All this can't beat face-to-face communication though, can it?.........