Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

I’ve held off posting this until ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up‘ had finished at the V&A. Since the show appeared to have been sold out for months, I wanted to be a spy on the wall and record it for those who couldn’t make it. I have to say that I found this exhibition…

Mandalas

Ross has been having a very busy period in the run up to Christmas. He has continued to run the winter dates of the natural dyeing course ‘Nature’s Palette’ at Stepney City Farm and our mark making and homemade brushes at Cass in Islington, both of which concluded this week. At the same time, he…

Anni Albers at Tate Modern

It is fair to say that history has not been kind to women involved in 20th Century art and design. Architects and designers such as Eileen Gray are now lauded as pioneers and yet the first time her name was mentioned on the radio was announcing her death. The women who were involved in the…

V&A Diary 1-20

Now that I am based at the Victoria and Albert Museum, I have started a new photographic project. I realised that though I have been a member of the museum for many years, I only ever used to go and see the temporary exhibitions and know little of the collection itself. I have set myself the…

Chance and Control – Art in the Age of Computers

Isn’t it great when you accidentally stumble across a show that you didn’t even know was on? I was heading to the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries on the third floor of the V&A  the other day when I came across the print rooms. Revisiting them yesterday I discovered ‘Chance and Control – Art in the Age…

Nature’s Palette Winter Course

I can’t believe that we haven’t had a chance to blog anything in September. We’ve been busy delivering our Botanical Inks & Homemade Brushes and Mark Making Artbook workshops at CassArt in Islington and started delivering our first natural dyeing course ‘Nature’s Palette’ at Stepney City Farm. There wasn’t a day in the month when…

Looking Forward – The Serpent Eats Its Tail

If you are in Berlin in September, then visit Ludwig, a neighbourhood pub that first opened in 1909 which now also encompasses an exhibition and art space. It should be worth your while. ‘The Serpent Eats Its Tail‘ is the first solo show of the artist Russell James Redwood Harris. Examining ‘primordial transformations and the…

From Garbo to Gaga – the art of Alaïa

I haven’t visited the Design Museum since they moved to the old Commonwealth Institute at the far end of Kensington High Street. I loved the Butler’s Wharf building. I’d seen many shows there over the years as I lived down the road from it for 6 months, sleeping on a friend’s floor when I first…

Looking forward – Summer Tasters at the Stepney City Farm

It’s been a busy couple of week since our last post. We have run our first Mark Making workshops at CassArt Islington. The first part looks at making natural Botanical Inks and homemade Brushes from recycled materials and the second continues the mark making and then looks at techniques such as paper folding and coptic…

The London Mastaba: Christo at the Serpentine

The Serpentine Gallery has become synonymous with treating us to a new Summer Pavilion every year. The year, the structure has been designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo and has been created from stacks of concrete roof-tiles. Stylish and austere in the official photographs (but now full of folding chairs and coffee machines) and with…

Natural Dyeing at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

This year, I was lucky enough to be accepted on the first Jenny Dean natural dyeing course at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. The Museum itself houses a collection consisting of the work of artists and craftspeople who were based in the village, including calligrapher Edward Johnston (responsible for the typeface used by…