Sunny Day In Brighton
|Brighton on the south coast of England|
|Map of The Lanes|
The Brighton Pavillion
George 1V came to Brighton in 1783 while only 21 years and fell in love with the area. At this time Brighton was popular with the wealthy and later when he became King George 1V this love affair flourished and it became a recluse for the Royals and their wealthy friends. He later bought a small farmhouse on the site of The Pavillion, which later became a wing of the modern day Pavillion.
Indian style minaretes, grand architecture and Chinese inspired interior design completed the building and by 1823 the building was a breathtaking palace. George 1V died in 1830 and the Pavillion was bequeathed to William 1V who used it as a holiday home in the cold winters. In 1837 Victoria became Queen and later sold the building to The Brighton Commisioners in 1850. It is now publicly owned and beautifully restored.
|The Brighton Pavillion|
|View of The Pavilion|
We had a lovely day in Brighton and luckily the sun was shining, We had a delicious Japanese lunch in Yo Sushi and a healthy walk along the Promenade afterwards. Here are a few pics.
|Delicious food whizzing by|
Brighton Lanes are known for their creative and quirky shops - they are based in a maze of lanes and backwaters and are home to some of the most influential designers in the UK. We bought lots of handmade Christmas gifts (can't show you these), ate lots of food, and drank lots of wine and then afterwards ate tea and cakes! A good time was had by all.
|Yummy end to the day|
I was particularly searching for some Lara Aldridge glass that I have bought before in crafts shops in Brighton. Her smaller works consists of small tiles infused with coloured metals, which can be used for decoration (I use mine for coasters). I have quite a collection of her tiles and some of her beautiful bowls and am a great fan of her unusual work. Sadly she generally now works on larger installations and her smaller pieces are rather difficult to find.
|Glass bowl infused with coloured metals|
|Glass tile infused with metals and pearls|
Brighton based Lara was apparently inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt who also used a 'collaging' effect to produce 'patchwork' art. Luckily I did manage to buy some small pieces of her work for Christmas presents.
|A small glass wall panel|
Another of my favourite Brighton designers is Emma Harris of "Made In Brighton". Do look at her blog of lovely Brighton artists works ... here. I am also a great fan of Lisa Jane from Brighton and Hove who sells her beautiful stuff on Etsy. This her link ... Lisa Jane
|By Lisa Jayne|
Everywhere we went the catchy tune "Gangnam Style" was playing - I LOVED IT! Afterwards, looking at the amusing video I loved it even more! Isn't it fun?