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,…

Francis Upritchard: Wetwang Slack

Finishing this weekend at the Barbican is a fun and quirky site-specific exhibition ‘Wetwang Slack‘ by the New Zealand artist Francis Upritchard. This is the 30th commission for The Curve, the exhibiting space that runs across the back of the building and it is often a challenging space for artists but one that results in…

V&A Diary 21-40

I can’t believe that I’ve got another 20 images to post, but here they are. They cover objects from the 6th century through to the 21st and feature objects from across the globe. The more time I spend at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the more I am amazed at the size and range of…

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…