Monday, 25 March 2013

The Tate Modern / Describing Litchenstein - London trip march 2013


 Lichtenstein  a retrospective

This was a very special event for us as this was the first ever thing we have done with Jimmy where we purely interpreted what we saw - there was no tactile aids (apart from our hands), there was nothing in the exhibition  that could be touched
but we know jimmy enough to know that he would like it
he would like the colours, and the size and the subject matter

There was a high risk of us getting in there and he would get the hump
but he continuosly asked questions about the exhibit
and was genuinely interested.

Once upon a time this would never of happened
but he knows us now know enough to trust our judgement


Jimmy loves colour
and he loves fun, different,quirky things

This did feel strange, just signing to him, without putting his hands
on various objects etc to help explain

In theory we could have even missed this out, but
the positioning of our hands helped him to build up the composition
in his mind

The colours amused him as most things are black or white with Jimmy (metaphorically speaking)
so to have an object that it the wrong colour is silly and in jimmys eyes completely hillarious
ie - the blue face below

Recently Jimmy has started to draw
which is great
and the first picture we saw was of a house with windows and a tree and a sun
Jimmy liked this a lot
he said it was beautiful
for him the colours were correct

i tried to explain Litchensteins use of dots
but without props this was hard to get across
but i dare say it is something that will be reverted back to in the future
- maybe making pictures on like a peg board

This worked on 2 levels
1 - she was nude!
2 - she was blue

Jimmy laughed at this because of the boobs being in odd positions
and he also said the face was like an owl

This was interesting as the ladys were half white and half pink
the whole shade thing dosent seem to work with jimmy

 This was a favourite!
i think it was the shape
and the subject matter that he liked - if this was 3 dimensional he would have loved it

Lichtenstein. A Retrospective. 
Tate Modern, London 

The first peice that we touched was
David Smith (1906–1965)
the home of a welder
in bronze

The gloves took some explaining but we got there



This was amazing for jimmy to feel
it was like a treasure hunt
moving from 1 thing to another
and like most art
it is up to the individual to make of it what they will
so although some items we definite
others were quite ellusive, so jimmy would tell us what he thought they may be

after all this was based on dreams


To my amusement, the second piece that we got to feel was
Henri Laurens (1885–1954) -
L'Automne in Bronze

For those of you that know Jimmy they could not have picked a better sculpture!
Jimmy has a grand love for curvy women so this made his day
he loved the different shapes, and despite it being stylised each part was still very reckonisable to him

We attracted quite a crowd!

i lost count how many times he went back to the breasts!

Feeling the artists signature

A Huge Thank you to
Andrew Mashigo 
for his help and support in arranging this trip

And to our Guide Deborah
who showed us around 
who was very friendly and helpful

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Jurassic Jimmy - London trip march 2013

Walking Dippy

Jimmy has always loved dinosaurs
so our trip to the natural history museum was a big event for him
The weekend started off with a bit of research!
off to the toy shop!

This is my effort on the train to london
i made a diplodocus out of the foil that we wrapped our picnic in!

In London by 8!
Time for a tea


Something quite eerie about being in the History museum before it opens to the public

Claire and Jimmy deep in discussion about wooly rhinos!

And were off! 

Goat horns!

 An ammonite shell viewed in section, revealing the internal chambers and septa.

Bone structure from a  flipper belonging to a prehistoric
swimming dinosaur - i really cannot remember the name!

 Here we are with Carlos the Paleontologist, we are walking the length of the dinosaur!

Explaining to Jimmy the size of Dippy
he really had no idea how big dinosaurs were

Jimmy had no concept of the size of a dinosaur, he knows them from books when he was 12, and through looking at dinosaur toys
so one of my goals was to get across how big they really were


 Jimmy was really gentle - as always
and was allowed to feel various models, and bone structures.
This gave him a true idea of size

 we then moved on to the education room where we was allowed to handle
REAL artifacts
Including bones, teeth, and DINOSAUR POO!


Dinosaur Claw

Feeling how prehistoric teeth are found, still set in mud / stone

a replica if an iguanadon thumb!

Me,Jimmy and Carlos
with a segment of tail bone from a dinosaur - SO HEAVY!

Me,Jimmy and Carlos
with a packet of Cadburys chocolate dinosaurs that we gave to Carlos to thank him for his time

 Jimmy feeling a meteorite
this took some explaining.


 The History museum is a beautiful museum and jimmy was able 
to feel many of the decorative details


The Shop

The shop is always very important as it allows me to tie up and loose ends with information that we have learn't - and link what we have been told to the appropriate toy/model

And also in this situation jimmy knows what he wants but is unable to remember the long dinosaur names!
so we spent a good 40 minutes trying to figure out what he wanted to buy!
but we got there in the end

1 stegosaurus jigsaw puzzle
1 stegosaurus toy
and one pachycephalosaurus toy

He also fell in love with this stegasaurus soft toy
but didnt have enough money
but luckily we found one on ebay when we got home
the end to a perfect day

We had a totally amazing time at the Natural History Museum
everyone was so friendly and helpful
and Carlos was amazing and really taught us so much in a short time.
Jimmy got so much from the day, he was talking about it all the way home

thank you all once again for your

 On the train home at the end of the day

Surprisingly still awake and full of beans!

Happy hands and Happy face