Sketch of the day no 556 in my #moleskine art journal: Montenvers rack railway cogs from my trip to La mer de Glace, Chamonix, France.

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Rack railway parts Montenvers Chamonix

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal are Montenvers rack railway cogs from my trip to La mer de Glace, Chamonix, France. Engineering parts are beautiful. This is where science and art is combined to create something functional yet beautiful.

Day 5 A visit to the Musee Alpin, Chamonix

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Musee Alpin, Chamonix

Today the weather wasn’t great for me. Visibilty looked bad so I decided not to go skiing. Instead, I went to visit the Alpine Museum in Chamonix town.  The museum is in a beautiful palace like building.  It displays the history of the valley including print making, alpinism, skiing and tourism.

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Print making and cartography

I particularly enjoyed learning about printmaking and why it was useful in the 18th century. Printmaking made reproduction possible. It appealed and was accessible to the masses. Tourists who started to arrive en masse to Chamonix during the golden age of alpinism created demand for souvenirs that they could take home. These prints were mainly made by engraving on metal plates. Cartography and landscape prints were popular.
As techniques improved, artists were able to become more creative with their designs.
Printmaking is a skill I really want to explore. I love the retro stylised Chamonix posters. They capture the glamourous golden age of skiing.

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Chamonix retro vintage poster

Sketch of the day no 555 in my moleskine art journal: My Oakley goggles and wooly headband

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Oakely goggles and wooly headband

I love to travel and draw. Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal: My Oakley goggles and wooly headband. Essential ski accessories for a gloomy day in the mountains. Even if the weather’s bad, it just means less skiing, more drawing and possibly eating. I am in France after all :)

Day 4 Mer de Glace, Montenvers, Chamomix, France

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Montenvers, la mer de glace

La mer de glace (sea of ice) is France’s largest glacier measuring 7km in length and 200m in depth.
Our journey starts in Chamonix town where we took a 20 mins train ride up to Montenvers Alt 1913m. Then it’s a 2 min cable car ride down to a platform where we have to walk 420 steps down into an ice grotto. It’s not a long tour. The ice grotto is about a 50m loop. It’s quite spectacular to walk through the glacier. I thought people used to live in there but my brother just laughed at me. I failed to read the info. Lol
Back at the top, if the weather is good there are great views but it was snowing. The whole trip took us 2h 30 and it was free with our ski pass.
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Sketch of the day no 554 in my moleskine art journal: without obsession life is mundane. I love Pink Flamingos.

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Pink Flamingos

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is a bunch of pink flamingos with the quote ‘without obsession life is mundane’
I found this pattern on my retro sunglasses strap. It’s so kitsch I love Pink Flamingos.
Have a fun day x