V&A Diary 221-240

Here is the next set of 20 images I have shot around the Victoria and Albert Museum. Two exhibitions feature in this selection, ‘Cars – Accelerating the Modern World‘ and ‘Hope – The Prix Pictet‘, both of which I have written about previously. ‘Cars: Accelerating the Modern World‘ is a great show and runs till…

V&A Diary 201-220

Here is the next set of 20 images I have shot around the Victoria and Albert Museum. I seem to have a had a slight bias towards ceramics and glass this time, with pieces that date back to a floral Iznick vase from 1575 and the beautiful pieces of blanc de chine (looked at in…

Cyanotype Workshop with Helen Dixon

Recently I attended an excellent workshop run by the lovely Helen Dixon at Bainbridge Print Studios in Lambeth. The process is simple but fascinating and capable of producing endlessly variable results. Cyanotype is a type of photogram process, one of the earliest forms of photography involving creating photographic prints by laying objects onto treated paper and…

V&A Diary 181-200

Here are the next set of images which takes us to 200, and my one year anniversary at the V&A. This set of images coincided with the opening of the exhibition ‘Tim Walker: Wonderful Things‘ and the London Design Festival which filled the V&A with stunning examples of new concepts, prototypes and designs. One exhibit…

V&A Diary 161-180

So this post is very late this time, but I’m using the excuse of turning fifty in the last couple of weeks ago – holidays and celebrations definitely got in the way! One thing I have noticed with this project is that it has really helped my identify areas of design that I am drawn…

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…

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’…

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…

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…

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….