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Rebel (Walls)

I spent yesterday in London at the EABG conference and got home to Devon very very late but totally fired up, such an inspirational, amazing day, I was honoured to be in the same room, let alone meet, with so many people who really are the change they want to see. I could not get enough about evidence-based education and got many ideas on how to implement it on a micro level at home in Sami’s programme, but to think that over in the US that is what is driving policy, instead of the collective incompetence of a handful of half-wits (UK) – it’s just breathtaking. As is this wallpaper, from the Swedish company Rebel Walls.


thank you LoveNordic for the pictures!

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Olafur Eliasson @ ARoS

I was woken up at 5am this morning by our eldest, he does not sleep much and when he is up, the day starts right there. We decided to remove him from a school that had failed him and now he is home educated while we figure out where to go and what to do, so we are literally living in each others pockets. In the small hours before everyone else wakes up, there is plenty of time to ponder and worry.

Then an email lands into my inbox which may change everything. After the rainiest year since records began here in Devon, suddenly there it is, a rainbow.

Olafur Eliasson is one of my favourite artists, he creates spectacular large scale installations which you experience by being inside them. He has built a circular 150 metre long walkway above the rooftop of ARoS, the museum of modern art in Aarhus. You can walk along the panoramic three metre wide walkway and see the entire city and bay through the colours of the rainbow.

Eliasson describes his project:

”Your rainbow panorama enters into a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what is already given, namely views of the city. I have created a space which virtually erases the boundaries between inside and outside – where people are a little unsure as to whether you have stepped into a work or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me because it encourages people to think and sense beyond the dimensions, they are used to commit themselves in.”

Life is weird sometimes. And Rainbow School would be a good name for a brand new school.


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In Between

Today was World Book Day and Child 2 and Child 3 went to school dressed as characters from a book. Child 2’s class had an ocean theme, which he loved, as it meant that he could go in wearing the adult sized shark costume he made husband buy from the local party tat shop. We made it to school on time even though I was still customising the shark costume at 7.30am while silently cursing school dressing up/down days, non-uniform days, theme days, sport days, cake sales, summer fairs, class trips and all the other days that require work and/or attendance. Child 3 was a mermaid, she refused the lion, cat and cow costumes which were also on offer, probably because the cut was so unflattering.

Child 1 was at home with me today so we did some work, and had lunch at our favourite pub down at the quayside. We took him out of school in January and he is now home schooled. He has autism, quite severe autism, and learning difficulties, and there are no schools for a boy like him where we live. It was a big decision and it was made with a heavy heart, but we had no choice – his school was failing him and he was anxious, unhappy and frustrated. I have no idea what will happen with his education, if he will ever go to a school that can actually teach him, whether he will learn to talk, or whether he will leave home. We take every day as it comes, right now he is happy and making progress with his learning, and there will always be sunshine after rain.

His namesake Sami Kallio is a Finnish designer and he has designed a chair titled In Between for a Danish furniture brand &tradition. There are obvious references to mid-century classics (Wegner) and I love how it looks hand crafted, thanks to Kallio’s background as a joiner.  There is some clever wizardry going on with veneer: In Between is produced using two classical techniques; compression moulding (making it light and thin, yet strong) and woodturning (a technique that uses a lathe to achieve greater detail). Tradition and innovation come together in this beautiful chair. Remembering where you come from, and knowing where you want to go. Always looking forward while being respectful to the past. Doesn’t this resonate beautifully?

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