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Roisin Inglesby

Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
I never though I would spend a morning running around the Museum looking for a dog, but it transpires that you can never quite predict the day's task when it comes to exhibition design. In this particular battle of wits I had youth and speed on my side since the dog is almost 300 years old and made of paper, but nonetheless it managed to hide for quite a while before I eventually tracked it...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
This morning a very nice group of jewellery design students came to look at some of the many jewellery designs in the V&A's collection. Inspiring the creative industries has always been one of the Museum's raisons d'être, and it was great to see contemporary designers getting excited about 19th century work, sketching and taking photos, and adding some historic examples to their...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Some of the most significant power struggles in an exhibition surround label writing. These struggles are not, I hasten to add, between members of staff-- we're yet to engage in fisticuffs over ambiguously placed commas. Rather, the competition is between different types of information, and who, or what, should have precedence. Although (or perhaps because) visitors often don't read all...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Since Pearls are having a bit of a 'moment', it seemed a good time to search through the Designs collection for some interesting examples of jewellery design across the ages. There are about 3000 designs for jewellery in the Museum's collection, and we're particularly strong on nineteenth and early twentieth century examples.As the 'Pearls' exhibition shows, jewellery isn...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Both the greatest opportunities and the greatest challenges that the William Kent exhibition presents are in recreating within a museum setting a sense of Kent's designs for grand and influential spaces. Unlike many of his predecessors, Kent did not just devise buildings, or only paint ceilings, or exclusively design furniture, or solely landscape gardens; instead, he did all of this and much...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
I don’t know about you, but I was very relieved to read that Dick van Dyke escaped unscathed from the jaws of death last week. Having spent my childhood learning about Women’s Lib from Mary Poppins and my student years studying the complexities of the American healthcare system by way of Diagnosis Murder, I’m very pleased he’s OK. And so to celebrate, I spent the wettest...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Last weekend I took something of a busman's holiday and trundled along the District line to Chiswick House. Chiswick brings together two important figures in William Kent's life: Lord Burlington, Kent's long-time patron and friend; and Andrea Palladio, the sixteenth-century Venetian architect. As I mentioned last time, Burlington and Kent met in Italy, where they had seen examples of...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Academic theory, as someone* once said, is very much like underwear: it provides essential structural support at all times but should remain unseen, apart from the occasional flash, revealed judiciously for maximum effect. Although they're usually kept discreetly tucked away in exhibitions, all curators select and display objects based on their theoretical assumptions. Sometimes these...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Today is the one year anniversary of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and to mark the occasion Thomas Heatherwick's cauldron model has been installed on display in the Prints and Drawings Study Room.The model arrives in the Study Room and is taken out of its packing crate. © Abraham ThomasThe V&A technicians carefully manoeuver the hood on to the plinth. ©...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Design is all about the interplay between the 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional, as ideas that start life on paper are translated into the objects that they predict. In the nineteenth century members of the Arts and Crafts movement challenged the separation of design from craftsmanship, in the belief that historically practitioners would have executed their own designs, and that contemporary design...

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