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Donatello and Florence: On Location Part Three

By Stuart Frost Last week I was fortunate enough to spend three days in Florence with chief curator Peta Motture working on the second of our three People and Place gallery films. Filming the location footage for Donatello and Florence posed a different set of challenges to the Charlemagne and Aachen film the previous week. […]

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Green Street, Newham – a London ‘bazaar’

Since the beginning of last year I’ve been walking frequently along Green Street in East London and around the streets which form its hinterland, looking at the shop displays and also at the houses in the surrounding area, the blocks of flats, the vehicles and street furniture. (The other place I go to a lot is the South Asian Collection at the V&A, but that’s for a later post). Various populations originating from South Asia (often Gujerat via East Africa) have settled in this area of London bringing their food, music, films and clothing traditions with them.

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Distractions In the Studio

My own work is progressing far too slowly as there are so many distractions, most of which are interesting!My residency was one of four areas selected by a French/German television channel to be the focus of a programme dealing with behind the scenes at the V&A. The charming French filmmakers spent almost four hours filming me working at my bench in the studio and talking about my work.

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Exploring Museums

Cambridgewww.kettlesyard.co.ukwww.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.ukI am satisfying a longstanding ambition to see museums in and near London that I visited long ago and also to visit some I have never seen. In Cambridge I finally saw the Fitzwilliam Museum and at Kettle’s Yard the beautiful Brancusi head that sits on a grand piano.

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Charlemagne and Aachen: On Location Part Two

By Stuart Frost I promised regular updates on progress with the development of six gallery films and so here is the first of several. Location filming for the Charlemagne and Aachen gallery film took place in Germany earlier this week. This film is part of a series that aims to contextualise key objects in the V&A’s collection by […]

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Glover’s world

I decided that to make a complete film was ultimately a more rewarding use of my time at the V&A. I canâ??t seem to help my enthusiasm for working with narrative. Storytelling is something I find completely absorbing. The process of developing an idea into a film for me is very much like producing the ideal environment for a chemical reaction in a laboratory. The Ebstorf map, the gloves and the bestiary animals were my chemicals. I was mixing a serious theme with a lighthearted one. I hoped that a story would somehow coalesce from all these elements.

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“Of Dust” – Exhibition at the Daiwa Foundation

Works from the second phase of my residency opened recently at the Daiwa Foundation, London – the exhibition entitled, “Of Dust”, comprised small-scale pieces which both draw together threads of ideas and experiment with processes which have been touched on in my previous postings. Images of the “Okoshi-ezu”, or folding teahouse designs, were transposed onto lacquered papers using different photographic and print processes.

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Find.. Make.. Wear. Exhibition and Publication.

 My invitation to find transformable material, make it into jewellery and photograph it being worn will over the next two years develop into an exhibition in London and a publication.I have been pursuing my own challenge to find, make and wear and have made a number of ‘jewels’.

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Find… Make… Wear…

 Making the Sackler Centre Collection of Recycled Jewellery made me think of a challenge to issue to any readers of this blog.FIND suitable materialMAKE it into jewelleryWEAR it and send your images to the ‘Find… Make…

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Line of quotations

I have started a line of quotations around the wall of the studio just above door height and am seeking art related quotations that I like, to add.Please send me any art related quotations and I will select and write them in pencil onto the wall of the studio, my intention is to encircle the space by the end of the residency with these words of wisdom.’There is hope in honest error, none in the icy perfections of the mere stylist’Charles Rennie Mackintosh’What appears to us as an object is also a force’Piet Mondrian’Art is not a mirror to ref

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