Arty recommendations

It is honestly astounding where the last three months have gone. It feels like just a couple of weeks ago since I was packing away the Christmas decorations and now the Easter holidays have been and gone too. As we are a third of the way through the year, I thought it would be a good to document some of my top art-related picks of 2018 so far!

The Short Film: The Silent Child

I completely stumbled across this film but was so incredibly moved by it. This short, engaging and highly touching film tells the story of a young deaf girl and her bond with a caring social worker who teaches her sign language and transforms her world. It is both heart-warming and heart-breaking, the love of the social worker contrasting with the distance and absence of the mother and father. In just 20 minutes, it really does pack a punch, raising awareness of the deaf community whose stories are so often left untold and where there are still misconceptions about deafness and intelligence.

The Series: Queer Eye

This is by far my favourite series I’ve watched this year. The show features 5 gay men who give advice on fashion, grooming, interior design, food, wine and culture to straight men. Funny, emotional and entertaining, this feel-good show is at the very top of my ‘re-watch list’ and I can not wait to watch the next series when it airs!

The Book: The Secret Life of Bees

I think I am a couple of years late to this phenomenal international bestseller of a book. An absolute page-turner from start to finish with an interesting motif of bees running throughout. Haunted by memories of her mother and abused by her father, Lily runs away with her friend Rosaleen to a town in South Carolina that holds the truth about her mother’s past. Here, Lily meets the Boatwright sisters who take her in and teach her about beekeeping and the Black Madonna. Whilst there, Lily also discovers the mystery of her mother’s past and their two worlds overlap and intertwine. Would highly recommend!

The Magazine: Frankie

This lifestyle magazine is brimming with interior inspiration, style and art. It is published in Australia but independent bookshops, WHSmiths and Waterstones all sell this gorgeous magazine. Reasonably priced with incredible content, this is a must-have coffee table pick.

The blogger: Lizzy Hadfield

This was a really difficult category to choose as there are so many fantastic bloggers out there. I’d actually like to do an entire post dedicated to some of my favourite travel, fashion and lifestyle bloggers but for now it has to be Lizzy Hadfield. I really love her blog Shot From the Street and my top picks of her posts this year would be her My week on 35mm series (her latest one is here), Her Mothers Day post and her Embracing Sexy post. I love her work with film photography, which largely inspired my Edinburgh on film post here. Here are some more pictures that her content has inspired, that didn’t quite make the cut in the last film photography post.

The bookshop of dreams (Golden Hare, Stockbridge)

Edinburgh snapshots in the snow

What are your top picks of 2018 so far? I’d love to hear from you!

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