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…

Blues and Other Discomforts

Last year when I visited my friends in the Lot, I met the wonderful musician Anke de Bruijn. A talented choirmaster, Anke runs two choirs based in the area, Ensemble Vocal Gaia and Le Chorale de Cazals, and she has also started performing with Peter Duiverman as ‘Blues and Other Discomforts’. Playing a ‘funky, latin, bluesy, ska-ish’…

Mary Quant

It’s rare in fashion for a designer to be so associated with a certain garment or period of time, but in popular culture Many Quant is inextricably linked to both the miniskirt and the Sixties. Along with Carnaby Street, The Beatles and Vidal Sassoon, Quant’s name brings to mind the moment when London became the…

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…