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Harold Godwinson, Hastings and Hollywood

By Stuart Frost Long term readers of this blog will know that the Bayeux Tapestry is a subject that is close to my heart. Conservation work was recently completed on a section of one of two nineteenth-century photographic copies of the Bayeux Tapestry at the V&A. One of the V&A’s photographs exists as a complete […]

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Clever Design Solutions V&A Flickr Group

The V&A has setup a new Flickr Group called ‘Clever Design Solutions’ and I’ve been asked to periodically select and review some of the designs here on my blog. It’s been running for about a week and people have already added amazing pictures so I hope you can join too!Here’s the group’s description:

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Trials, Errors, and Does It Work?

I was back in Wimbledon College of Art, in The Drawing Centre Project Space, for a second phase of the residency. The residency was immensely helpful, for it kept posing the question: what are the key aspects of my experiences in this project?I kept returning to the jostle of different worlds in close proximity in the city, the mutual encounter of different ways of seeing the world: the sheer quantity and uncontrollability of stuff, of goods, amongst which places and distances fold and tangle.

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Ya stool and stool bookshelf and screen

When I first saw these shelves at the British Gallery (level 4), I liked it very much. It has the same sort of feeling that I think Chinese characters have. It’s like a piece of architecture. It also reminded me of the Chinese logo for my studio. From this object I got an idea for making a new kind of storage.

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Design Your Life workshop

My Design Your Life workshop was the first one that I’ve run at the V&A. The DYL programme had three workshops, all attended by same group of kids. My workshop was about making your own lamps. We used craft foam to design and build a lampshade.I have designed a lot of products for kids before but this was the first time that I actually worked together with them. They are so creative and honest. I like their innovative thinking and representational ideas. I learned a lot from them. The dragon lamp, designed by one of the girls, is one of …

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LEAD Too

The previous works
lead to… Lead Two Metres Square. Here are detail images of the 2m sq Lead piece from the four part work ‘Call and Response: Linen, Lead, Stone, Shadow’ recently exhibited in Cloth & Culture Now at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

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Fu lantern

Chinese people hang red lanterns in Chinese New Year to celebrate the Spring Festival. When these big red lanterns are hanging up, we feel particularly pleased. It helps to make the atmosphere more festive and creates lots of good luck for the New Year.We normally use the same design and it’s beautiful but I wanted to try to design a new version of the Fu lantern to make this Chinese New Year in London more special.

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Chopsticks

Chopsticks have existed for thousands of years. They have a distinguished design, simple and elegant. However, they are difficult to use at first, even for Chinese people. We need to learn from an early age how to use chopsticks. As the two chopsticks are detached, they would sometimes fall from the table. So I thought why not connect the two chopsticks together? It will stay on the table and it will be easy to use as well, without the need to learn. It will also be easier to clean just one piece. They would also be similar to the tongs …

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Calligraphy jewellery

I designed this calligraphy jewellery almost by chance. Whenever I cut plastic using a heated saw, I get some waste pieces. Because the saw is hot, these waste pieces melt together and become connected, forming curves that look like calligraphy. I like these type of curves very much and each one is different. I think they look a bit like Islamic calligraphy.I used this idea to make some jewellery. I bought a calligraphy book to study. I think that calligraphies are beautiful, like the characters in Chinese calligraphy, with its architectural beauty.

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Leaden

Lose the coffin reference… and the above screen-shot from my computer dictionary seems quite an apposite description for the current state of affairs. Recovering from long hours in the studio and emerging from the white winter onslaughts, I now feel able to catch up a little here with the woven lead images promised quite a while ago. These were developed after studying Egyptian plain weave linen fragments in the stores at the V&A.

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