It's a bit of a balancing act! Dog balancing on two chairs on the balcony of 5 Princes Gardens, albumen print, Clementina, Lady Hawarden, London, ca.1861. V&A PH.457:330-1968

Selecting Furniture & Sculpture Part I

Today’s post has been prompted by a comment from Robert Thornhill on a previous entry. Robert asked for more information on how and why choices were made in selecting furniture and sculpture objects for the new galleries. I previously described the overall process of selecting objects back in the early days of the blog, but […]

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Why shoes?

It all started on a lovely day in Spring 2010, when I came across all these drawers in one of the V&A stores – full of lovely Indian shoes. The shoes were weird and wonderful, and to me unfamiliar. There were curly toes, long toes, shoes made out of rich and colourful materials, embroidery with iridescent green beetle wings, silk, […]

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The smartphone I didn’t need, electronic waste, and art

After the Circuits Died: Exploring electronic waste Learning Centre, Art Studio Sunday 26 October 2014 Open session: 10am – 4pm Presentation and discussion: 4pm – 5pm I never wanted to get a smartphone and was happy with my green-screened Nokia (it made calls, sent texts, and had the original Snake game on it). Until I […]

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Ink rubbings are easy, apparently

Part of the reason for going to Nanjing was to learn how to take an ink rubbing. Luckily Master Yu, my teacher, is also able to show me the technique. ‘It is easy’, he says.  So we begin by making our paizi (dabbers). One male and one female. These are constructed from soft old cotton fabric, […]

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More Strawberry Thieves?

Today has seen the launch of The Strawberry Thief, a new iPad game developed by Sophia George, former Games Designer in Residence. Sophia took her inspiration from the William Morris textile design of the same name, which is on display in Gallery 125F. Having recently been willing the strawberry plants in my garden to come good with their […]

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Size matters: Putting on an exhibition

Now we have an object list, the preparation of The Fabric of India exhibition can really get under way. One of the first things I need to organise is the assembly of key object information to be shared with the project team. The V&A project team is made of representatives from different departments across the […]

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‘A Confusing Welcome’, 2010. RCA Graduation Show.
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Meet the New Artists in Residence

October brings falling leaves and chilly nights but for us it also means new residents! We would like to introduce six (yes, six!) residents who will be drawing inspiration from the Museum collections during the next six months. Matthew Raw October 2014 – March 2015 Supported by Jeremy and Margaret Strachan Matthew Raw is an […]

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The Strawberry Thief iPad Game

I’m extremely excited to announce the launch of my new iPad game, Strawberry Thief. It’s changed a lot since the early prototype I made at the V&A earlier in the year, but I am thrilled with how the finished piece turned out. Download: Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game I was Games Designer in Residence at the […]

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Quintessentially British – Gloverall x V&A Duffle Coat

Gloverall have been making Duffle coats right here in Merrie Olde England since 1951. Over the years it has earned a firm reputation as one of Britain’s most timeless and well-respected brands. To ensure a Cosy County Christmas in the crisp outdoors, here’s a thoughtful token from us to you – V&A x Gloverall Duffle […]

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Part of a series of panoramic photos taken by a resident from the 20th floor of Frinstead House. © Nahid.

Vinyl Replay at Open Studio event

Art was made social on the 11th and 12th October as part of Kensington and Hammersmith Open Studios. Many thanks to the 48 visitors who each spent a good hour or so absorbing the displays, watching the film programme, selecting and playing vinyl and then leaving a mark on the large scale drawing. The curated film programme […]

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