V&A Diary 101-120

These are a bit late and it’s only now that I am sitting on holiday that I have had time to get this post together. Here are another 20 images in my V&A Diary project, looking at the astounding breadth of content in the V&A collection. One of the wonderful things about spending so much…

Colour Journeys

As a culmination of the year, Colour Journeys: Natural Dyeing in Contemporary Practice showcases pieces from artists and makers who have been studying with Jenny Dean, one of the country’s foremost natural dye practitioners at Ditchling, with over forty years’ experience in this specialised field. The variety of work on display includes weaving, paper, textiles…

Dorothea Tanning

‘Women artists. There is no such thing—or person. It’s just as much a contradiction in terms as “man artist” or “elephant artist.” You may be a woman and you may be an artist; but the one is a given and the other is you.’ Dorothea Tanning, 1990 As I have previously written, with specific reference…

Artefact at the Packington Gallery

It’s been wonderful week for us here at moderneccentrics. The private view was a great success with many people dropping by over the two hours, both locals and friends from farther afield. As always, we were a touch anxious at the beginning of the evening as there is always that worry that no-one turns up….

Looking forward: Artefact at the Packington Gallery

Excitement is reaching fever pitch here at Moderneccentrics as Ross prepares for his first solo show. In a week you will be able to see the evolving Artefact series together in one place for the first time. Ross works with the materials he finds around him and these pieces are created with found objects and…

V&A Diary 81-100

When I start a project like this, there is always a nagging doubt regarding whether I will be able to keep it up, so I am thrilled that I’ve reached a century of images. This set of twenty encompasses 18th century silver and Japanese gods through to repurposed Dutch tourist pottery and wooden forks in…

Japanese Textile and Craft Festival

At Craft Central at the Forge this week is a very interesting exhibition celebrating the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20. The year bridges the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Japan is organising the Japan Season of Culture in the UK, and the UK will oversee the UK Season of Culture…

V&A Diary 61-80

How time flies when you’re having fun; here are another 20 images I’ve shot from the V&A collection. The more time I spend at the museum, the more varied the collection seems to becomes. This time the images encompass everything from modern ceramics to haute couture, from ancient sculpture from Palmyra to the Portmerion pottery….

No 1: Painting and Drawing by Jeremy Burns

If you head down to Cass in Islington over the weekend you’ll find a great show featuring the work of Jeremy Burns in the basement gallery space. Burn’s painting is influenced by Futurism and Cubism, and this show documents the development of his work, from crisp delineated shapes towards a loser experimental approach. The other…

Studio 21: Colour Notes

Studio 21’s current exhibition ‘Colour Notes’, celebrates the group’s 21st anniversary  and explores how each artist expresses and interprets their own response to colour through narratives and memories. Launched at the Knitting and Stitching Exhibition in October 2018 (where the majority of these shots were taken) to great acclaim, Colour Notes comprises a broad range…

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams‘ opens this weekend and it is a brilliant exhibition, one that impresses with its scope and a design that proves to be the perfect setting for the Haute Couture extravaganza. The ultimate Dior collection. This is a new version of the exhibition which drew over 700,000 visitors to the Musée des Arts…

V&A Diary 41-60

So here we are with another 20 images from the V&A! This time they encompass everything from Chinese popular culture to Tudor Heraldic woodwork, from Punk fashion to the porcelain of Edmund de Waal. Consisting of  233,742 museum objects and works of art and 2,044,441 books, drawings, prints photographs and archives, The collection is vast,…