london-underground

Have bag, will travel

So I made a new bag, because of course I don’t have enough bags. 

I fell in love with this teatowel at the London Transport Museum shop but seriously who can justify a tenner for a teatowel? Not me, I hate washing up. A BAG though…

…so I cut it up, and thanks to the bargain bin at my local fabric shop got enough canvas for the lining for 50p (win!)

One of the reasons I love making bags is that I can put as many bloody pockets and zips in as I like where I want them - a good safe zip pocket at the back for my purse (demonstration by penguin for extra show-offiness)…

…and so I can have inside handy pockets to avoid that oh dear god everything is at the bottom and yet nothing is effect and a decent zip too. I do like a good zip.

Historical Diagram: Piccadilly Circus Tube Station by Renzo Picasso, 1929

We all know that I love a good cutaway diagram, and this example – drawn by Italian architect and urban designer, Renzo Picasso (no relation) – is just superb. Drawn in 1929, coinciding with the opening of Charles Holden’s sub-surface circular booking hall which replaced the original 1906 above-ground Leslie Green-designed station building. The unusual perspective, halfway between the platform level and the (invisible) roads above, permits a wonderful level of clarity in the drawing. 

The only slight drawback with the digram is the strange mixture of English and Italian labels: “east bound” and “west bound”, but also “scala di servizio” (service stairs) – but this in no way detracts from the amazing quality of the draftsmanship.

The label above the famous statue of Eros – A “World Centre” – might perhaps be referring to a contemporaneous mural by artist Stephen Bone in the concourse that showed the world with London at its centre (naturally!).

Source: The Renzo Picasso Archive’s Facebook Page