Bristol and Places I have never been

I love to use this blog to escape the grey winter days in Bristol and travel in my imagination to places where the sun always shines. It seems that designer Jennifer Hill of Places I have never been has a similar idea, gathering inspiration from around the world to use in her designs. I love her latest cards inspired by the orange blossom of Andalucia, a place I’m hoping to visit this spring -see my post Spring sunshine in Valencia.

It set me thinking about the inspiration that Jennifer and other artists might find in my home town of Bristol.

Our balloon fiesta held every August is a riot of bright colours and interesting shapes. I remember how one summer evening we took a picnic out on to the green space of ‘the downs’, to watch the balloons drifting over the Avon Gorge, only to be forced to scatter as an enormous bag-piper descended rapidly onto our picnic spot.

But then I found that Jennifer had been inspired by these rainbow coloured balloons in her design for Albuerquerque.

Perhaps these bright kites and air sculptures at our annual festival of kites and air creations would be just the inspiration needed.

But I saw that the kite festival in Jaipur had provided Jennifer with the inspiration for this print echoing the blue pottery and pink carved stone palaces of the city.

How about the Clifton suspension bridge , a familiar Bristol landmark and a major feat of engineering, built by Victorian engineer Isambard Kindom Brunel?

But Jennifer has already found inspiration from the Capilano suspension bridge over the forest covered canyon near Vancouver. I visited the city a couple of years ago and went roller-blading in Stanley park although I didn’t manage to sail and ski in the same day.

So what else is there in Bristol to inspire designers and artists? Could it be the many interesting buildings, from industrial to elegant Georgian?

Or the harbour where the SS Great Brittain is on display and tall ships and small boats meet for the harbour festival? It was from here that John Cabot sailed in the Matthew to explore the Americas and the 18th century merchants built the city’s wealth on the slave trade.

Or the interesting street art that you come across in unexpected corners of the city?

There’s plenty more to inspire you in Bristol – why don’t you come and take a look for yourself? Just wait until the sun is shining.

Thanks to the following for their photos on Flickr.com under creative commons;
Balloons – gothick matt, Ben Harris-Roxas, Caro’s lines
Kite festival – Dr Gaz
Clifton suspension bridge – Joe Dunckley
Buildings around bristol – Joe Dunckley
Harbour – James F Clay, pegash, Joe Dunckley
Street art – Walt Jabsco, iyer, Mr La Rue

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    April 21, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Nice pics

    personally I’m a tall ship fanatic, great shot of the Krusenstern there.

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