Tim Johnson – Lines and Fragments

The Craft Study Centre at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham is a hidden gem. Holding a renowned archive collection that includes calligraphy, ceramics, furniture, wood and textiles by influential figures such as Bernard Leach, Ethel Mairet, Phyllis Barron and Edward Johnston, the CSC is used by artists and makers the world over. In…

India Flint Incomplete Journeys

‘India Flint’s work conflates the visual and written poetics of place and memory… creating landscapes written into cloth using leaves, water and time.’  FOQ India Flint in an Australian artist who needs no introduction to those interested in natural dyeing and colour. This year at the Festival of Quilts, she exhibited ‘Incomplete Journeys’, a collection…

Frank Bowling

It’s always a pleasure to discover an artist whom you are unfamiliar with, and Frank Bowling is just that man. It is almost criminal that a painter whose work is as vibrant and joyous should have remained a relative unknown for so long, especially since he was a contemporary of R B Kitae and David…

Highlights from the Festival of Quilts

This was out first visit to the Festival of Quilts and much like the Knitting and Stitching Show, it is vast. As well as the hundreds of independent stalls selling their wares (everything a quilter or textile artist could need, and much more besides), there is an area set aside for Galleries and exhibiting artists….

‘Natural Selection’ at the Festival of Quilts

‘Natural Selection are a group of nine artists from the USA, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK who use ecologically sustainable plant based printing and dyeing processes to colour and mark paper and cloth, thereby releasing natures hidden beauty.’ This is Natural Selection’s first time exhibiting together, and their group show at the Festival of…

‘Natural Selection’ – A Taster

Tomorrow we will be setting off at an ungodly hour and heading for the National Exhibition Centre to deliver Ross’ work for ‘Natural Selection‘, an exhibition of nine artists whose work is based in a sense of place and who use found, recycled and re-purposed objects as their resources. ‘Natural Selection features nine artists from…

V&A Diary 141-160

I am slightly late posting my next selection of 20 items from the V&A collection. My numbering system went slightly array on Instagram, and somehow I ended up being 3 out! This time we start with Christian Dior (an amazing exhibition open till September), and move through a recreation of Kylie’s dressing room, architectural models…

V&A Illustration Awards 2019

Established in 1972, the V&A Illustration Awards are one of the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competitions. Out of thousands of entries, the judging panel this year have selected 14 shortlisted artists. This year subjects range from life in Germany under the Nazis (Book Illustration Award: Nora Krug for Heimat) and inept lawyers (Illustrated Journalism Award: A. Richard Allen for Experts, The…

Who’s Afraid of Drawing?

The Estorick Collection is a hidden gem of an art gallery just minutes from the bustling Highbury Corner. Housed in a restored Georgian town house, the collection is best known for its Futurist works though there is so much more to it than that. Being Britain’s only gallery devoted to modern Italian art, it also…

Food: Bigger than the Plate

Do you want to save the world? Is the smorgasbord of extinction level events (both natural and man-made) that 21st century seems to be providing us with getting you down? Along with the usual threats of volcanic eruptions, coronal mass ejections, meteor impacts we now have biological annihilation, overpopulation, over-consumption, and of course climate change. Our…

Citroën Extravaganza!

Somewhere in the Lot is a rather lovely barn and house, recently constructed, sitting unassumingly in the surrounding countryside. But underneath, cut into the gentle slope is something rather surprising – an underground garage full of treasure. One man’s life long passion has resulted in a wonderful collection consisting of umpteen Citroën’s (models represented are…

V&A Diary 121-140

Here we are again, with another 20 pieces from the V&A and this time I’ve indulged myself with pieces from some of  my favourite artists and designers. The 20 images here range from Buddhist reliquaries from around 200AD through to the London Underground’s typeface, designed by Edward Johnson and the wonderful Warhorse puppet. As readers of…