Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

    ‘This exhibition will take you on an olfactory journey through a series of rooms designed to reflect the inspirations of the scents, from the Moroccan desert a Catholic confessional, a water theme park to a lover’s boudoir.’ Somerset House This exhibition at Somerset House must have been a challenge for the curators Claire Catterall and…

The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Can an artist examine the culture of self promotion in today’s society with a self promoting show called ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’? ‘When I came up with this title, I liked it because it chimed with one of my ongoing ambitions – to widen the audience for art without dumbing it down. Mainly I…

Twine at Twilight

Last night’s Twine at Twilight at the Chelsea Physic Garden was an ‘evening to celebrate the world of plant-based fabrics’  and formed part of the CPG’s programme of events to celebrate ‘Weaves & Leaves’, which continues through 2017. With live music, from harpist Felix von Spreckelsen, Layla Tutt and Bromide, roaming interactive theatre by Studio Cultivate and…

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

I didn’t know a great deal about Cristóbal Balenciaga and his work before I visited the Victoria and Albert’s acclaimed exhibition. Of course I knew the name but I was unaware of the vast influence his exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs have had on fashion. Whilst not on the scale of the Alexander McQueen blockbuster, ‘Savage Beauty’ the…

Roots, Shoots & Leaves

The busy summer for us continues, with Ross exhibiting in ‘Roots, Shoots & Leaves‘, the new exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted, running from the 18th of July to the 5th of August. This the the second exhibition organised by From the Earth (this time in conjunction with the Upstairs Gallery), exploring a wide variety…

New Adventures in Etching

This year has flown by… In my last term at Morley, I’ve spent my time exploring Etching, something completely new to me. Preparing plates is a much longer and more involved process than say, drypoint or collagraph. I spent a good few weeks producing the final plate, repeatedly stopping out different areas for the dips…

Show 2017: The RCA Graduate Exhibition

Yesterday, I headed down to the RCA’s Battersea campus, to catch the second part of this year’s graduate Degree Show. A huge show spread over 4 buildings, I started in the sculpture hall. Unlike the exhibition in Kensington, the departments are loosely combined in the hanging, with Print, Photography, Painting and Sculpture, all shown together….

RCA MA Textiles Show

Degree show season is always an interesting time of year. From the student’s point of view, there is the last minute frenzy of panic and stress, followed by the slight anti-climactic feeling once the show has opened. For the visitor, it is a challenge of spotting future stars and talent without feeling overwhelmed by the…

Poppies (for Henry)

On the 22nd of May, Henry Wilson, the partner of my good friend Andy, was killed by a lorry minutes from his house whilst cycling to get a haircut. Henry was a photographer and textile designer, and such a kind soul. The reason I mention this tragic accident is that one example of his kindness…

Colour From Your Kitchen

It’s Summer… and the Studio 21 artists have an exhibition at the Well House Gallery. The Gallery will be open throughout the weekend and seven artists will be talking about their work throughout the 2 day event. Ross will kick start the weekend on Saturday morning with ‘Colour From Your Kitchen’.  Using common ingredients from an…

Textiles and Botany at the SLBI

This summer’s first Advanced Textile Workshop exhibition is open at the South London Botanical Institute this weekend. The show is made up of works inspired by two of the Institute’s projects ‘Botany on your Plate’ and ‘Plant Recording for All Ages’, and is interspersed throughout the ground floor and gardens. Each artist has responded in uniquely different…

Bouziès to Saint Cirq Lapopie

I am very lucky to have two dear friends, Penny and Annie, who live in the Lot. I try to visit at least once a year, if I can, as I am always made to feel so welcome and it is such a beautiful area of France. Last year I wrote about Scott Thornley’s exhibition of…