A great exhibition opened in Somerset House and it's all about Snoopy and his friends. After all, who doesn't like the Peanuts gang?
Get ready for a visual explosion of colours and a feeling of immense joy.
You've either grown up with Charlie Brown, or you came across him and his friends at some point in your life. It's almost like the original comic strips get more meaningful and funny the older we get. I was brimming with joy going through the Peanuts exhibit at Somerset House earlier today, as it was a great combo of fun and facts, starting with snippets from Charles Schulz's life, followed by videos of him sketching his famous characters, to the original comic strips and a long line of fashion collaborations that the Peanuts gang inspired over the years. I think it's fascinating how easily relatable the stories are to all of us. It's also quite magical to see them continue to flourish over time.
"My life has no direction, no aim, no meaning. And yet, I'm happy. I can't figure it out! What am I doing right?"
Funny how some of the quotes are so truthful and still relevant today. It's hard to choose just one that would be my favourite. So here is another:
“Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.”
Peanuts fashion collaborations
As I love fashion, I always like to look at the various fashion collaborations with the Peanuts theme. As you never know, what kind of interesting limited edition item you might come by. For example, I really enjoyed the numerous t-shirt designs Uniqlo has made of the Charlie Brown and his friends over last year, bursting with colour and funny quotes. Looking at it now, there have been a few I've missed over the years, such as Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Supreme, Stussy Kids, Liful, HUF, KAWS x Peanuts at Colette in Paris and of course VANS and BEAMS. I also enjoyed seeing quite a few pieces from the Peanuts Global Art Collective and STORY in the store at the end of the exhibition in Somerset House. Here are some pictures I took during the exhibit:
Ever since I visited Japan for the first time, I fell in love with stationery all over again. Their attention to detail and their love of ink and paper is beyond anything I have ever seen, my absolute favourite stationery store is the 100 year old Itoya in Ginza, Tokyo. The store has 12 individual floors, I mean, need I say more? Japan is also where I re-discovered my love of Snoopy and Charlie Brown, when we visited the temporary pop-up exhibit at Snoopy Museum Tokyo back in 2016. So you can imagine my joy at finding a Moleskine 2019 Peanuts Diary as well as a few more stationery items in the exhibition store here in London. To illustrate my joy, here are some sketches I made together with my collection of Peanuts themed stationery I collected over the years, so have a look at the slideshow below:
Fun fact: There's also a Peanuts Hotel in Kobe, Japan.