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Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That – Modern Art Explained by Susie Hodge  If you are one of those people who is occasionally baffled and bemused by the modern art world then don’t worry, you’re not alone. If you’re one of those people who finds yourself at art galleries gaping at what appears to be the remains of last nights dinner in a glass case or a pile of carefully placed bricks, trying for the life of you to figure out how it represents social hierarchies or the degenerative state of public transport systems…then, really, you’re not alone! And this book is the perfect book for you.  I remember when I first came across Tracy Emin’s...

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Scott Garrett's Pot Shop at OPEN by I Love Mel

As part of 2018's Coastal Currents, a community arts festival that takes place across East Sussex, illustrator Scott Garrett will be displaying his latest passion for pottery here at OPEN by I Love Mel. Scott Garrett is a freelance illustrator living here in Hastings. His humorous yet poignant style has gained him national and international recognition and he has worked with clients such as The Guardian, Vodafone, Lost Angeles Times, renowned author Oliver Sacks and many more.  His pottery collection, GarrettWare, has come about after a long passion for pottery with particular interest in face jugs from the Southern folk pottery tradition of North Carolina and Georgia & the English country slipware tradition. Scott's GarrettWare collection is just as fun & captivating as his...

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MINI BOOK REVIEW: Read This If You Want To Be A Great Writer

READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO BE A GREAT WRITER Mini review by I Love Mel On reading Ross Raisin's 'Read This If You Want To Be A Great Writer', the old adage "let go and let god" immediately sprung to my mind. When writing short and concise books its often necessary to be clear and to the point, people want to know that within roughly 24 hours (the time most people want to spend on short books) they will have cracked some sort of creative code and be on their way to artistic stardom. Whilst this would be wonderful it is not necessarily realistic, plus it takes away the exploratory nature of creativity and creativity is all about exploring. Raisin, however, manages to coagulate the technical with...

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In Case You Missed it....Girls World 411

So in case you missed our super cool Girls World Day, I thought I'd give you the 411 on how the day went down. Despite a bit of a slow start to the day what with the world cup commanding the attention of just about the whole town, once we were all sat down with the lovely Gemma Cairney (she really is lovely) on our bright n' cheerful bean bags, it wasn't long before laughter was filling the shop and we were all chatting like old friends. The main topic of discussion was about Gemma's new book; OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic & Messed Up Life Can Be, a wonderful book aimed at young people to help them navigate...

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ART AT OPEN: Exhibition of work by Mel Elliott and Julia Andrews-Clifford

This Thursday we had our grand opening of our latest art exhibition with work by our very own Mel Elliott and fellow local artist Julia Andrews-Clifford. It was such a blast and with the wine flowing and the England-Belgium game playing in the background it certainly made for an exciting atmosphere!  Whether you know a lot about art or know sweet FA it really doesn't matter. I was not an art student myself but can certainly appreciate it and (I'm not just saying this), Mel and Julia's work is not to be missed. Mel's work has become recognisable around the globe with products like her Colour Me Good colouring books making their way onto America's Ellen DeGeneres Show! Her pop...

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