Tuesday, 7 October 2014

500 Followers Mini-Blog Hop

I acquired my 500th follower recently and decided to host a mini blog hop instead of a giveaway.  So we all give some love and receive some comments and new followers!

Several people signed up and over the weekend I emailed them all the name of a fellow blogger to research and dedicate a post to today.  The posts should be appearing over the next 24 hours depending on where you are and whether people remembered to post!  Here is the full list of participants so you can pop over and see who they have dedicated their post to:

Don't forget to leave a comment on their blogs!

I had a lovely weekend in London with the Large Boy, we decided to visit The Art of the Brick exhibition in Brick Lane of all appropriate places!  The exhibition features the work of artist Nathan Sawaya who works in Lego.  All his artworks are made entirely with standard Lego bricks.  It was a fascinating exhibition, it started with some reproductions of famous works of art recreated and reinterpreted in Lego such as the Mona Lisa:

and The Scream:

This one really made use of the 3D nature of the bricks.

The other part of the exhibition was Nathan's own concepts, often expressing how he felt trapped in his career as a corporate lawyer such as this piece which shows the Lego builder escaping from his shell:

You could reproduce this in cross stitch with the stitching bursting out of the everyday you.

This one is a classic piece already as it has been used in the publicity for the exhibition:

I've got about 80 photos of all the pieces so if you want to see more, let me know!!

We also visited the Science Museum and had a quick look round the Natural History Museum too.

The Science Museum had an exhibition on Materials which was very interesting and included this massive sculpture:

The back of the feature: 

I am envisioning something similar using all the shades of DMC now!!

Finally, I suppose there ought to be some stitching in this post.  So here is the piece I worked on during the train journeys to and from London:

Blackbird Designs - Spell of the Moon
stitched on 32 count Cognac linen
(which is less orange in real life)

Day 7 on my Hallowe'en Tree

edit to add - As well as 500 followers, I blew through the 200,000 page views mark today!!  yay!!


Vickie said...

WAY COOL! Yes, I for one, would like to see more lego art.
I am off to check out my fellow Hoppers. ;)

Rachael Ball said...

You are on a roll with your number busting!! Thanks for arranging the blog hop. It's been great fun :-)

jocondine said...

Happy to be the (first)(second)third comment
(Vickie pass me during preview then Rachael ahhh translation...), as Mona Lisa ;),
great Lego exhibition, more ? of course,
"Materials" looks like Jen Stark sculpture I love,
DMC shades have to inspire you, without any doubt. Love xxx

Kaisievic said...

Fabulous post, Jo. Loved both of the exhibitions and yes, I for one would love to see more of the Lego pics. Great start on Spell of the moon and congrats again on 500 followers (I am nearly up to 400) and the 200, 000 page views. Way to go, girl!

rosey175 said...

omg I'm so jealous. One of the downsides to living in the middle of nowhere -- NO LEGO EXHIBITS. So we make our own (and then dismantle them because they're LEGOs). You should totally post more pictures. :D

Now to explore everyone else's blogs~

Christine said...

It's been fun Jo, thanks for organising it.
The lego art is just fabulous!

Brigitte said...

Great pictures from the Lego exhibition. What an interesting theme.

Thanks for the list of all the blog hoppers. I have already visited a couple of them and left my comments. Great blog hop!

Mii Stitch said...

Hubby wanted to go to the Lego exhibition (being an AFOL) but sadly it was a bit too far away from home for us. Looks like you had a great time :)

Emma/Itzy said...

The Lego exhibition looks fabulous!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Magnificent works of Lego art! Sounds like a wonderful day out.

Anna van Schurman said...

My feed reader is in reverse date order (newest first) and I had a bit of a busy week, so I am just getting to this but I did want to add my congratulations and my thanks for the blog hop! Cheers.

The Crafty Princess said...

Congratulations on your 500th follower and 200,000 page view. Wow what a great achievement. I love the lego exhibit thank you for showing me all your pics and the sculpture is amazing, colours colours colours!!!!
xo Alicia

Julie said...

Exciting trip for a boy and his mum, super pics.

Renee said...

I discovered your blog through Kim at Wisdom with Needle and Thread. What a fun way to celebrate reaching 500 followers! The Lego art is pretty amazing. I browsed through your blog a bit and just love your Halloween tree. Lovely work!

Shebafudge said...

It looks like you had a brilliant in London. I would love to see some more photos of the lego.

Congratulations on reaching 500 followers. I wish I had been reading and could have joined in with the blog hop. xx