Monday, 28 July 2014

The V & A, London & the wonders of the "Members' Room"

My trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, was brilliant, as always..... everytime I go, I wonder why I don't go more often - it is a warren full of rooms of delight.
Me and my chum started our day with a visit to the mysterious V & A Members' Only Room.... It was hidden on level 4 in the glass exhibition. The lounge was light, spacious and airy, and we had two attendants to ourselves serving refreshments..... Wonderful sofas to sit on and huge exhibition books to browse through - I felt very decadent sitting there having my cream tea.
We had plans to visit the 'The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014' exhibition before it's season finished. It did not disappoint.... couture gowns, tailoring, shoes, accessories and even Elizabeth Taylor Bulgari emerald jewels. Absolute heaven.
... Then onto the exhibition 'Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014' - beads, lace, embroidery, exquisite buttons and shoes. The style of dresses changed throughout the centuries, resulting in display of classic white and ivory wedding dresses through to the garment worn by the Duchess of Cornwall when she married Prince Charles (a long dress and over coat with hair detail).... into colourful garments....  a purple Vivienne Westwood dress worn by Dita Von Teese, and a John Galliano dress for Gwen Stefani
Unfortunately photography wasn't allowed in the two exhibitions, but I did collect some other images that captured the flavour of the day.

Members' Room - you can see the reflection of the glass balustrade to the upper glass gallery
Members' Room
Cream tea

The hot weather brought lots of happy children playing in the pool

You can just see the purple wedding dress worn by Dita Von Teese

....  A little inspiration from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London  ....

Glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly hangs from the dome over the entrance

I fell in love with this 'Mother and Child' by Sir George Frampton
The child playing with its fingers and the detail in the child's robe, really capture a moment in time.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Art in Action 2014

Art in Action, Oxfordshire, is a four day event that showcases the talents of professional artists in marquees dedicated to their chosen genre of work. My favourite marquees to visit are always 'Textiles', 'Illustration & Calligraphy', the 'Market' where goodies are for sale and this year another favourite of mine was the 'War Artists'.  Other forms of crafts are demonstrated too, including painting, ceramics, wood, glass, silverware and jewelry.

This year I was lucky and visited for two days - one day with a textiles chum and the other with my dear husband. I love the show - it is so wonderful to see artists so absorbed in their art, and I find it creates an atmosphere that leaves you with a buzz at the end of the day - my brain is always full of ideas of where I can take my own work next.....

The beauty of this event, is that you can purchase art direct from the maker, and also discover workshops in new and undiscovered art forms. This year I have collected details for some exciting workshops ..... now to book them in for 2015 and collect my pennies to pay for them...... I am always looking to add strings to my bow and increase my skill set.... if it involves a weekend away for a two day workshop at the coast, then so be it...... x  

Portia Gillies and her vintage 1920's knitting machine

Indigo Dyer Sara Fordy

Monday, 21 July 2014

Shirt Collar Exhibition 2014

My visit to the Shirt Collar Exhibition at the Shell House Gallery, was everything I thought it would be. I have been following the lead up to it for some time, and finally manged to see the work on the last date of the exhibition. The 'shirt collars' are a collaborative exhibition involving ten artists who work in all forms of mixed media and textile mediums;

The Shirt Collars were displayed alongside pieces of original work from each artist.... it was clear to see the huge transition some of the artists had undergone, moving away from their own comfort zone, in order to fulfill the brief to create their Collars. This was an inspiring exhibition..... I hope the artists will be collaborating in another exhibition in the future.

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