Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Kettles Yard

I've been wanting to visit Kettles Yard for some years but always seemed to choose to wrong day/time! However I've finally been and must say wasn't disappointed. It's a beautiful house full of amazing pieces of modern art. There are paintings and sculptures by Miro, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Alfred Wallis to name but a few.

Nicholson and shells

Three collages by Italo Valenti

 These were interspersed with natural objects beautifully arranged in low oak tables and book cases.

The lovely thing about this gallery was the opportunity to examine all the work at close quarters without being asked to stand back.  Even better the lovely old armchairs perfectly placed to view the rooms or selected items.

One of the items I particularly fell in love with was this piece of block printed fabric by Ben Nicholson.
It was displayed simply in the bathroom on a curtain pole and was perfect.

Kettles Yard is a fantastic gallery, a space to sit and contemplate the work and life if you choose.
 A perfect exercise in modesty, an expression of one persons vision of what they wanted to be surrounded by whilst leaving a beautiful legacy for those who follow 

Friday, 6 July 2012

V&A British Design 1948 - 2012

Having not been to London for an age I had a list as long as my arm of things I wanted to do - however as with all great plans it changed and I only achieved a few of the to dos on my list! One of the exhibitions I wanted to see was at the V&A, British Design 1948-2012.  It was lovely to be greeted by these amazing columns in the entrance, great designs from the 50's which I love.

The exhibition was by its nature eclectic, ranging from textiles by Lucienne Day to chairs through the decades to Concord.  It worked its way through a wealth of political, social, technological  and scientific developments charting the progress of many key aspects of design.
It was fascinating seeing the development of products but somewhat alarming as I could remember many of them from the first time around!  It did however make me reflect on the pace at which design changes and the longevity of some design pieces.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

New Designers 2012

Finally made it down to London to visit New designers part one at the New design Centre where textile students get the chance to exhibit their final degree show to the world.  It was a very overwhelming event with a total assault on the senses.  There were hundreds of stands showing a wide range of styles, techniques and diversity. Unfortunately photographs were not allowed but this will give you an idea of the size of the event.

This was only the textile hall there were additional rooms for jewellery and ceramics. By the end of the day I had total visual overload but came away inspired by what I had seen and if I'm honest somewhat overwhelmed, it does make you question if there is space for all this talent and all the other aspiring textile and pattern designers out there?