Burberry Makers House

  Burberry for the passed 2 years has set up after their cat walk release a 1-week Makers House Exhibtion/Workshops. This gives people a chance to go and see their latest runway collection and demonstrations from various makers who’s skill and practice they have taken inspiration from. Last season I had the chance to work there as part of the RSN stand, demonstreating Hand embroidery. In the last week of february just gone, I went to visit their latest Makers House exhibion which was absolutely stunning. The white on white, lace and cords are extremely popular at the moment and Burberry has exelled in every catergory. My current project I am working on is based on heirlooms and lace, so this was really a huge inspiration for me. Incase you wern’t able to attend it, here are some photos.                                                                      

The House of dreams by Stephen Wright

Two weeks ago, my classmates and I visited the House of Dreams museum by Stephen Wright, in East Dulwich, London. Stephen started his career as a successful textiles print designer but changed his orientation towards outsider art later on. The House of dreams is a museum within Stephen’s own home, which he started with his partner in 1998. He worked on the house for 9 years privately before opening it up to the public. Now, the house has been bequeathed to the National Trust. The house contains some parts of Stephen’s diary, where he expresses the loss of his partner and parents. It is extremely moving to see someone so open with his emotions.    Every surface of the house inside and out is covered with found objects, plastic bottles, broken dolls, wigs etc.   I found the house of dreams incredibly inspirational. It seemed like a fairy tale house to me. The colours, patterns, and sculptures around the room created a real mystical atmosphere. Although everything is second hand and found, he has managed to create something precious once it is all assembled together. It has made me a lot more open about what type of materials and objects […]

Paul Klee exhibition

Today, after a Physio lesson for my almost recovered knee, I headed off to the Centre Pompidou in Paris to visit the Paul Klee exhibition that opened back in April. I was very impressed by his work and by how much there was to see. To summarise the artist in question, Paul Klee is a Swiss/German painter from the early 20th century.(1879 -1940) He is largely associated with the Expressionist movement but was ceaselessly reinventing himself, shifting from abstract to figurative works making him a multifaceted artist. He is also widely known for his colour theories, an interest of his that started after a trip to Tunisia  He once said: “ Colour and I are one. I am a painter”. ( April 1914)  Colour had a big role in a lot of his work, transforming simplistic lines into very illustrative pieces. It is definitely worth a visit if you are around Paris this summer. The exhibition ends on August the 1st and you can find more information on https://www.centrepompidou.fr . I’ll stop babling on, here are a few photos of the exhibition. There is also a very cool rooftop restaurant at the top of the building with an amazing view onto Paris!

Louise Gardiner

A few weeks ago, I came across British artist Louise Gardiner, a designer that creates one off pieces of embroidery on commission.Inspired by nature, music and emotion, she creates amazing large canvases of embroidery.  Her work really grabbed my intention with the variety of flamboyant colours and materials they all have. Each one of her work is unique and extremely labor-intensive. She works a lot with free machine embroidery and a lot of her work is very figurative, which she creates with detailed free machine embroidery, drawing, hand stitches, inks, appliqué and paints. She recently exhibited at the Saatchi gallery in London. It’s a shame I didn’t know of her sooner, I would of loved to have gone and seen her work. She’s also exhibited her work in the Liberty windows on Regents street.   Louise studied an art foundation at Manchester Metropolitan University, then went on to do a Textiles BA (Hon’s) at Goldsmith’s university college. Later in 2001 she returned to Manchester and achieved an MA in Illustration. In 2005 she was awarded the scholarship by the London Embroiderers’ Guild for her embroidery and she has since then been exhibiting internationally. When you visit her webpage, you first get to see this little video. It […]

Liberty in Fashion Exhibition

This Saturday, I went to visit the “Liberty In Fashion” exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum  in London. Being a big fan of vintage and antique products, it was great to see some of their oldest pieces from the 1950’s. I saw how detailed and beautiful the embroidery on the dresses were and simply fell in love with the craft work put into it.  Arthur Lazenby Liberty, the founder of Liberties was greatly influenced by the Aesthetic movement,  a movement that ran between the 1860’s and the 1880’s. This movement grew during the Industrialisation era and highly promoted craftsmanship and quality, exactly what I believe in. Many turned their attention towards the decorative arts, they looked back at Classical Greece and current Japanese art. My new project this term is to create quality embroidery samples for fashion, Interior and Art Textiles whiles studying one specific artist and an archive piece of work. This visit turned out to be exactly what I needed to get some inspiration and motivation.                                                      Turns out I arrive half […]

Fabric Of India exhibition at the V&A

Last October, I went to visit the newly opened, Fabric of India exhibition at the V&A in London. The exhibition, curated by  Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel, was originally set up to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Nehru gallery, a permanent exhibition of Asiatic art at the V&A. The exhibition explores the dynamic world of handmade textiles from India, with pieces dating from the 3rd century up to today. It showcases over 200 objects, from natural traditional cloths to luxurious royal costumes and textiles wall art. Through out the visit we are taken through 6 different rooms, each dedicated to a specific area of Indian Textiles’s industry. To start with, the first room is based on traditional Indian culture and making processes, such as indigo dye, print making and silk making, alongside wonderfully ornamented clothing. We then move on to look at the sacred textiles pieces owned by royalty. The next two rooms show us the effect that global trade and industrialisation had on the fabric industry. Finally it ends on modern day fashion; there you see how designers, such as Manish Arora, are using and adapting traditional making techniques to create exiting new fashion. I found the exhibition fascinating […]

My Top 10 Art Destinations!

It’s the New Year !! One of my new resolutions this year, is to visit more museums and art events. I’ve been so eager to travel the world lately, to broaden my art culture as well as finding new inspiration; that I have been all over the internet researching and finding some amazing monuments. Of course, being at university, and on a student budget, I can’t simply get up and leave; but I thought I would share with you where I would love to travel to when I have the chance… !    

Jean Michel Basquiat

Jean Michel Basquiat is an artist from the 1980′s that I have recently familiarised myself with. I love his work and have taken a lot of inspiration from it for my own textiles art. I really recommend this documentary, It was recommended to me by my brother and I found it extremely insightful and interesting. I know the 1 hour and a half documentary can seem daunting, but it really is worth the watch, one evening instead of your typical TV reality show for example! Quick summary – Jean Michel Basquiat is an american painter born in Brooklyn in 1960. He started as a Graffiti artist in the emerging ‘Punk’ era of NY. However he rose very quickly from a downtown artist to an internationally celebrated artist within two years after his work was featured in a group show. His rise coincided with an emerging art movement, the Neo-Expressionism, a wave of new young, experimental artists. Sadly Jean Michel had a growing drug addiction through out the 80′s and he died of a drug overdose on August 12th 1988 at only 27. Although his art career was brief, Jean-Michel Basquiat is now regarded as an International artist, credited with bringing the […]