Saturday, 30 January 2016

Alex Payne - Exit Press

I visited Alex Payne at his studio last week to talk about Exit Press his risograph printers, and his upcoming show at Freight gallery. I've been curious about riso printing for awhile and was keen to learn the processes to see if it was something that would work with my own work. Layers of different colours are printed over the top of each other to create interesting works, by varying the opacities of the master copies that are scanned into the printer you can get some really nice results. Alex showed me some zines he'd produced using this technique and they have a much nicer look and feel than digital printing.
Last night was the opening of his solo show 'Head Space' at the newly opened Freight Gallery on Magdalen street. There was a mix of pencil drawings, paintings and sculpture, I loved the gold toaster...yep a gold toaster! Alex has a great style, very expressive and his paintings have an organic flow which I love, some remind me of old tarot cards and others feel tribal. The show is open 11-5 sat and sun so do pop in if you're about town this weekend.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Plasterers Arms

Just off the bustling Magdalen Street is a quintessential English pub with some cracking pizza! The Plasterers has kept its name for many a year, changing only to accommodate the ale connoisseurs of recent years. The d├ęcor is as perfect as a pub can get, traditional pub tables, cosy nooks and wooden benches.
The pub is also the base for Voodoo Daddy's pizza, you can eat in the pub, takeaway or call up for a delivery. Their menu is unparalleled for choice, there's the such treats as Zorba the Greek, which is overflowing with olives and feta cheese. The Fat Elvis has coca cola soaked bacon or if you fancy something pretty out there The Return of The Mac has macaroni cheese and pulled pork piled on warned though The Death Star is not for the faint hearted!



Wednesday, 27 January 2016


Stangers Coffee House has been a favourite since its opening in 2009 you can sit inside or out (weather permitting) in the lovely area of Pottergate. The cafe is on the corner of Strangers Court, which I can only assume gave it the name. They offer a selection of some of the best coffees the world has to offer and can even roast the beans themselves now in their new shop on Dove Street. This new shop is quite something, the state of the art coffee roaster looks like something from a science lab...well to me anyway!
Strangers has so much to offer, top quality coffee, the best ciabattas and delightful cakes all served by the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff. It's no wonder that they've been nominated for several awards and won the best coffee experience in the UK, whoop, you go guys!



Monday, 25 January 2016

The Bicycle Shop

The Bicycle Shop is a great little bohemian hang out on St.Benedicts, perfect for a bit of people watching hidden behind the plants during the day or candlelit drinks at night and pretty much everything in between.
They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night tapas, you're pretty much sorted for any type of hunger! There are vegan, veggie and gluten free options available so something for everyone at any time of day. On this occasion I went for an open burrito, lots of lovely fresh ingredients piled into a tortilla, very filling.
 It's not all about food though drinks are a priority too with an extensive drinks menu including local ales, downstairs also holds live music regularly.
The food is all great quality, nothing is simply reheated so if you're in a rush let them know but who'd want to rush in such nice surroundings anyway.



Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Catfish with Mathilde

In the run up to Norwich Fashion Week we'll be writing style posts to get your passion for fashion running hot.

Mathilde can be seen behind the counter at Catfish we asked her to pick an outfit that she'll be wearing from the new stock arriving now, she describes her style as street, sometimes girly...but almost always in trainers!

She picked out an Adidas Originals long sleeved top from the new season; £30, which I might add are flying off the shelves, I've currently got my eye on the Firebird track top also in black and white (the only two colours I wear).

Catfish are waiting on the leggings to go with this top, but in the  meantime Matilda kept her black trousers on and popped on a pair of Nike Huarache Ultra's; £100...they're also on my wish list for spring, these trainers have real style impact, I'd wear them with street wear or even smart outfits for a bit of an edge.

I love what Mathilde put together, it's right up my street in terms of colour and comfort, now if only I had her hair to go with it!


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