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I love the Whitechapel Gallery and it seems to have expanded three fold since the last time I was there.  The show on at the moment by Gert & Uwe Tobias is a kind of mixed media, collage, printing block heaven of bright colours and designs that would make fabulous textiles.Untitled detail 2012I really liked the way you can see the lines where the printing joins up and the mixture of colours.  Of all the things I’ve seen so far in London this exhibition has, by far, inspired me the most.  I also liked the smaller collaged pieces which set new insects and freaky looking flowers on strong background colours with little people parts (heads and hands) popping up about the place.  There was also an exhibition hand sculptures from the Children’s Art Commission that I really loved.Hand SculpturesThe last time I properly visited Brick Lane was when I was at university in Archway about six years ago.  I vaguely remember being tempted by all the food stalls and heckled (in the nicest possible way) to come and try the £6.95 lunchtime curry special at 10.30am.  Rather wonderfully yesterday was no different.  Below are some of my favourite E.1 fonts – Brick Lane coffeeBoardsE.1After buying some veg at the Bethnal Green Road market I went to the Museum of Childhood. Museum of ChildhoodI have no idea why I love this Museum so much.  It seems totally unlikely as I neither have my own nor am massively en-amoured with other people’s children running riot but it’s just such a happy place!  There is no crying or bickering just old fashioned playing – on rocking horses, with toy cars, against other kids (and keen Dads) on the table football.  Plus it’s seriously noisey, with sirens and clackers and the sound of tumbling buckets and spades.  Happy Cat chairMy magical find of the day was this cat chair or animeuble by Gerald Rigot …and a very surprised teddy bear.Ted!

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