Heather wanted it to be known that she took these photos under duress, as she thought the parking lot at the Western Fair Farmer's and Artisan's market was a terrible backdrop. I liked it because I thought my 1980's dress looked even brighter against all the grey. I found it at Value Village, and the halter neck, v-shaped bodice and full skirt brought back memories of my early 20's. It's not a style I would usually wear, but on this particular day, it made me happy.
The full skirt inspired some dramatic posing. I added a fabric orchid in my hair and some orange bling to up the sass factor. After the market we headed to our usual Starbucks to enjoy an overpriced beverage on the patio while comparing notes on our week.
I had been meaning to photograph the greeting card vending machine that has been at the Cheapside and Highbury Starbucks location for the last few months. The Vending Arts Project, curated by Londoner Janine Wass, was made possible by a grant through Awesome London. The money was used to purchase and refurbish a used vending machine which was then stocked with greeting cards designed by local artists. The card machine changes location every 4 months, and will have a new home starting in August.
The machine holds about 300 blank cards, which retail for $4 each. Wass splits the sales proceeds with the artists. I think this is a great way to get exposure for local artists, and for the price of a large caramel mocha frappe/latte/cappuccino you can get yourself an original piece of art. London needs more venues like this for artists to show their work to the public outside of an art gallery.
Look at that, it's almost another weekend, and for us in Canada, because of the civic holiday on Monday, it's a long one. Enjoy it, because Labour day is just around the corner....