Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

We don't know the state of your mirror-buying budget, but if the balance is positive then we suggest you head for your nearest Habitat shop, where you will find this gorgeous Jane (Eyre) mirror, designed by Concetta Gallo. We have to thank The Press and Journal for highlighting it:

1 It’s all in the detail this season – think of the whole range of effects including pleating and beading, embossed, embroidered, crystal-encrusted, applique, buttoned and playful silhouettes. Personality and design combine in Habitat’s Jane mirror, with a black acrylic frame featuring a silhouette story of Jane Eyre. It’s £150 from http://www.habitat.net/
Another artistic take on Jane Eyre - though actually much more expensive to take home - is Paula Rego's. According to Metro.co.uk, you can now see her Jane Eyre lithographs in Bradford.
One extensive refurbishment and shake-up later, however, and the [Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is] relaunching as Connect. [...]
Connect also marks the unveiling of 50 new acquisitions. West Yorkshire's Brontë heritage manifests itself in Paula Rego's darkly emotive lithographs of Jane Eyre, whereas modern questions of identity and colonial legacy are reflected in 1998 Turner Prize-winner Chris Ofili's Afro Lunar Lovers II (2005) and Yinka Shonibare's The Wanderer (2006-7), a model schooner with gaudy African textile sails. [...]
From Sat, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Bradford, Tue to Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun 1pm to 5pm, free. Tel: 01274 431212. http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/ (Abi Bliss)
Our daily walk around the blogosphere has taken us to The Daily Juice, who has been listening to an audiobook version of Jane Eyre. Frivoulous Fragments has been to Haworth and posts at leangth about it, with pictures. Peter Murphy's Blog of Revelations quotes author Patrick McGrath as saying,
“Well, there’s a way of reading Poe in which you see him as one of the direct predecessors of Freud,” the author says over coffee in a Dublin hotel on a warm July morning, “and a way of reading Freud in which he is continuing the project. You see it in Poe and Bram Stoker and Robert Louis Stevenson and Oscar Wilde and the other great 19th century writers of gothic stories. They’re all, in a way, dealing with the structure of the unconscious mind: Stevenson with the double, and there’s flashes of it in Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, this fascination with obsession and guilt and the double self.”
And finally and very much blogosphere-related we would like to thank Amy for presenting us with the Arte y Pico award. We are delighted but we feel we really can't pick just five blogs to give this award to in our turn, though. Thanks a lot, Amy!

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