Over this weekend just gone I passed my theory driving test (yey), visited many a person and yet again spent another Sunday in the City of Culture. There is an art exhibit called Paper City taking place around and about the Fruit Market area of Hull until the 9th July – celebrating colour and the freedom to play with it. It sees paper installations by some of the most exciting creative minds from the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture – all using Hull company G.F. Smith’s very own coloured paper ‘Colorplan’. The Paper City event has also revealed the ‘World’s Favourite Colour’. I suggested visiting the city to check out the Paper City exhibition, do a bit of shopping and getting a bite to eat to the boyfriend, and with food promised I received a firm yes.
The World’s Favourite Colour is apparently ‘Marrs Green’
We got into Hull about 1.30pm and spent about an hour or so looking around the shops which proved quite a disappointing affair with neither of us finding anything that took our fancy – sigh. So we made our way to find some food, settling on Furley & Co. Furley & Co. is an independent bar and eatery that hosts a wide selection of craft beers and ales and a small but tasty menu selection. Inside it has a really cool aesthetic with collages of music related posters on the walls and the entrance to the toilets the door of a white telephone box. It was a nice day so we sat outside in the back yard, where the brick walls are painted bright funky colours and festoon lighting is draped above. I chose the brunch burger and a refreshing G&T to drink (duh!) and the boyf had a sausage patty and a pint of Helles’ lager and some fries to share. The food was delicious and certainly satisfied our hunger. Once fed and watered we made our way across to the Fruit Market.
G&T and Helles’ Lager
Colourful snake graffiti
Oh hey bae
Festoon lighting drapes above the yard
Humber Street and the surrounding Fruit Market area was thriving with people exploring the exhibition or sat outside of the bars and restaurants enjoying the good weather which is always pleasant to see. We made our way around the seven locations where the exhibit was taking place. My favourite installation was Bethan Laura Wood’s ‘Seaweed Kites’, located in an old smokehouse, the paper seaweed hangs high and sways to create a draping creation of colour and shapes.
Bethan Laura Wood – ‘Seaweed Kites’
Richard Woods’ ‘Untitled’ uses pieces of paper to create a brickwork effect across buildings and walls in areas of regeneration along Humber Street. It creates a pretty cool effect and I’m hoping they leave this one up after the 9th.
Richard Wood – ‘Untitled’
Contemporary creative studio Lazerian’s ‘Local Fish’ – made up of a four-metre-long anatomical paper model of a fish, relates to Hull’s relationship with the cod and the historic fishing industry.
Lazerian – ‘Local Fish’
Made Thought’s ‘The Fabric of Hull’ is reminiscent of making basket weaves with paper in primary school and is a huge hanging tapestry of weaved paper that symbolises how the history of Hull and G . F Smith are interwoven and interlinked.
Made Thought – ‘Fabric of Hull’
Paper City is a simple concept but is quite extraordinary to witness how such a simple material like paper can be used to create some stunning installations. It was great to see areas of the Fruit Market such as disused buildings and old smokehouse rooms being used as galleries to showcase the art work. It’s quite remarkable to witness tourists visiting the area and people celebrating the culture events, particularly when I think back to a year or so ago when Hull was treat with scorn. It was a much needed makeover and the renovated areas of the city centre are beginning to flourish. Visiting Kingston-Upon-Hull is a positive experience these days especially with all the different events and exhibitions that take place. If you’re in or near Hull or thinking of visiting in the next week then I would recommend exploring this exhibit and the Fruit Market.
Adam Holloway – ‘Apeiron Flow’
We then had a wander around Trinity Square, where I forced the boyfriend to take some outfit snaps for me. I’m not entirely sure he enjoys the role of being my personal photographer but the quality has improved significantly from the first time – he now knows when to and when not to click. The ‘Gin, Pies, Ale’ lettering is on the side of recently refurbished pub The Corn Exchange which I am yet to experience.
I wore one of my comfiest outfits – a floaty midi leopard print skirt with an elasticated waist from Zara and my slouchy ‘Bruch Club’ pink tee from Joanie Clothing which is possibly the best quality t-shirt I have ever owned. I teamed this outfit with my faux leather biker jacket from New Look, my Athur shopper bag (I’m a kid at heart) and some black Converse high-tops. The high-tops are a new purchase, bought second hand off eBay, I’ve wanted a pair in the classic monochrome colour or a while so I’m pleased I found these babies on the cheap to add to my collection.
Arthur Shopper Bag – Primark
Skirt – Zara
Biker Jacket – New Look
Sunglasses – Primark
T-shirt – Joanie Clothing
Belt – Boohoo
Converse – eBay
After Hull we went to visit my grandparents for a couple of hours and were greeted with cups of tea and sweet treats, we didn’t get back until after 8pm so just spent a couple of hours before bed recharging our batteries in front of the TV after another Sunday Funday of exploring local areas (and eating!)
Until next time,