Greetings to you, our Curious Readers!
Our hiatus since our spectacularly brilliant first exhibition Curious Pursuits needs careful examination and a dutiful explanation. We understand that you may be feeling neglected by our absence but, dear reader, we have been terribly busy hunting down all that is peculiar, intriguing and curious in the world!
Jenkinson’s mysterious Parisian jaunt only led to mischief in which Porter was dragged into in the merriest and most compliant of ways. It was during this time that we happened upon a strange den where the air was smoked and not a single glass was empty of a menacing green liquor that sent both members of our spectacular collective into a creative fervour.
Quick enough we made our way to Tartary (in truth, we reached no further than Luxembourg, not having the good fortune nor steam to find the old land of Tartary, Luxembourg we felt, would do) to create our own vegetable lamb (again however, neither of us could bring ourselves to slaughter and stuff the lamb and therefore had to improvise with hessian sacks and socks. The lamb - Florence, is alive and well and living in Jenkinson’s shed).
Upon completion of the Vegetable Sock-Sack Lamb of Luxembourg, we travelled East to Turkmenistan where we felt an undeniable urge to hold a séance for Chung Ling Soo the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer. After an evening of attempting to re-enact the infamous bullet catch that killed the Marvellous Chung Ling, (much to his distress) we packed up and headed west to Azerbaijan where we spent a good time chatting to one of their infamous flower sellers. It was at this moment that we both developed a sudden lust for flowers and hurried to Brussels to visit the spectacular Tapis de Fleurs.
It was later that evening when - over a game of Look-a-Bout - an epiphany of such magnitude struck us both at the same moment. We would create a space where people can bring their objects born out of inspiration from experiences found on travels, and through games and recreations explored by our Victorian predecessors - and introduce us to inventions worthy of an audience.
And what place to show these? We need a place to discuss ideas and play and to tip our hats to those whose idea of recreation involved sewing taxidermied fauna to flora, collecting objects of intrigue and delight and coming together to contact the dead.
And so it is with great excitement that we invite you, faithful reader, and your curiosity into our Parlour.