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Some Thoughts and Responses

Some thoughts and responses to the installation of residency drawings and selected objects:As part of the ‘stepping back’ process in order consider the installed works, I thought that I would ask some of the curators and conservators at the V&A for their thoughts. No single response to a work of art can be identical to another as we each carry with us our own individual life histories and cultural and social experiences.

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Stepping Back – ‘Gaze’ in Gallery 102

With the installation of my new work and the objects that I had selected from the collections now completed, I can take a step back.The series of drawings, ‘Gaze’, that I have been concentrating on over several months, were made especially in response to the space in which they are now being shown. They hang suspended in mid-air within a line of wall-based glazed cases.

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Room 117: Makers and Markets

By Stuart Frost If you have been to the V&A recently you’ll have noticed that there is great deal of work underway as part of the development of new facilities and displays. You may have noticed new hoardings related to the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, one of several major projects currently underway. When these are […]

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Wise Words

I have long intended to write about Audrey Walker.     A senior figure in the textile community of this country, Audrey is someone for whom I hold deep respect. I have enjoyed her work and read much of her writing but have only in the last few years had opportunity for conversation. I realise now that Audrey is as modest in words as she is down to earth in her writing. In both, she is sensitive… and talks a lot of sense. Here, about labels: “I like the description ‘maker’.

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Roodlofts and Candlesticks Part 2

By Stuart Frost Work continues on preparing Gallery 50 so that building work can commence on schedule. I went to the gallery today to see how work has progressed in relation to the roodloft (see the last blog entry for more information). One of the four figures from the lowest tier has already been removed. […]

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It has been an exciting time for Contemporary Textiles at the V&A with two new fabulous pieces acquired for the collection from COLLECT 2007. The first, a woven tapestry by Jo Barker (represented by The Scottish Gallery).

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Seasons out of Season

Back in September I wrote about filming in Devon with BBC Education for a four week series, ‘Seasonal Snapshots’. Spring – the first programme, went out today. My day’s filming will have been edited to just a few minutes and is to be broadcast within the next episode. Seasonal Snapshots: Summer. Thursday 15 March 11.30 am BBC 2… Better be watching!

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