Tony Robinson (left), with Mick Aston and Guy de la Bédoyère on a dig for Channel 4’s Time Team, 2007 © Guy de la Bédoyère 2007

Object Pitch Day 8 – 26 November 2014 – Part 2

With only half an hour left, let’s get right back to the action in Seminar Room A. Time was running out on the first stage of a history of the OBJECT in 100 worlds, and with only three pitchers left, we knew lunchtimes at the V&A were about to get a lot more boring. Sob! […]

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‘A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing Before 1900’

  A stitch in time, may save nine. First recorded in Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia, Adages and Proverbs (1732)   The meaning of the ‘stitch in time’ proverb is well known: if you address a small problem with a little work, you prevent it from becoming a big problem requiring a lot of work. It’s probably no […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 72

 The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 72 We are certainly reaching the heady heights now, going back to Soho and this time a relative new comer to London but an absolute giant in the art world.  Wonderful to see one of the most influential gallerists open a space in London. New […]

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Best laid plans: mapping the V&A by Andrew McIlwraith

Andrew McIlwraith is a PhD researcher in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. His research is funded by the AHRC Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training of which the V&A is a partner.   It’s no secret that the V&A is a complicated building. Even regular visitors may struggle […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 71

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 71 Really moving to the upper echelons of The Tower now. Fashion. Responsible for bringing Punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream. She made clothes for ‘SEX'; Malcolm McLaren’s shop on the King’s Road. She opened 4 further shops in London, eventually expanding to […]

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“Up on the roof”

This week myself, Laura Cardera the Museum’s new Residency Coordinator along with the two other new Artists in Residence; Jamie Jenkinson and Liam Byrne were lucky enough to be taken on a roof top adventure tour. The brilliant Martin Bastone was kind enough to take us up, show us around and share some fascinating histories […]

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Setting the Scene

              This week I had my first meeting with Em of 1882Ltd, the collaborators on my residency project. 1882Ltd was formed in 2011 by fifth generation Emily Johnson and her father, Christopher continuing the Johnson Brothers’ 134 year legacy in the Potteries, the company name evoking the deep routes of […]

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Welcome Teas and Treasure

This week I received a lovely warm reception to the Museum with my ‘Welcome Tea’ in my studio, the first of many gatherings here I hope. One of the amazing things about the studio glass frontage is that it doubles as a gallery. This week I worked with the curators to select a group of […]

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Moving In!

One van trip through London, two trolley loads across six floors and I’m in and delighted to be unpacking in my beautiful new studio, home for the next six months. I shall be based here and ‘on display’ as the new Ceramics Artist in Residency until October in the purpose built studio in the Galleries. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.70

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.70 Bank Holiday weekend, the joys of DIY..  As we continue to move up the Tower we’re certainly in the top half now.  So no going to B&Q. Who knew only a few years ago how a paint shop could come to epitomise a social class in Britain. […]

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