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Turkey Smokin’

Each year at Thanksgiving we invite everybody we know over to ours for a feast, featuring a couple of smoked turkeys that we make in our garden in a makeshift smokehouse. So last Thursday when we got a call asking us if we had any skills we could share at the Skill Swap for this month's Friday Late, we knew it was time to share our turkey smoking secrets. Unfortuneately, we didn't have time (or clearance from the H&S sherrif) to actually smoke a turkey in the V&A courtyard so we had to make do with a model. On the …

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Designing Postmodernism, Part 6: Mannequins

OK, here’s a seriously cool design process for you: putting together the mannequins for the display of 1980s fashion. With designers like Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo, and Karl Lagerfeld included alongside pop stars like Devo, David Byrne, and Annie Lennox, and choreographers like Michael Clark, Kazuo Ohno, and Karole Armitage, costume is definitely going to be a highlight of the Postmodernism project.

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Designing Postmodernism, Part 5: Birth of a Label

I know I've already posted about the graphic design for our Postmodernism show, but we've just finished the label design for the exhibition and there's a new example of "sketch to product" process that is just too good to pass up. It comes courtesy of Jason Wolfe, one of the designers at APFEL (who are doing all the graphics for the show).

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Week one

Place of origin: Jingdezhen (made) Date: late 16th century-early 17th century (made) Artist/Maker: unknown Materials and Techniques: Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue Credit Line:Given from the Bloxam Collection Museum number: C.122-1928 Gallery location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 6, shelf 6

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Beginnings

As with all of the objects that make their way through the conservation department, the first job is to do a full assessment of the object. Each of the conservation departments involved (Metals, Sculpture, Textiles and Furniture and the Mount team) have examined the doll and given an estimate for the length of time needed to carry out the work on their particular material. The lacquer and the textile elements need the most work in order to support and stabilise these elements for display. The metal chain mail and other metal elements need the least amount of work and will …

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Moving In

We’re settling into our new studios now, getting acquainted with the V&A. The spaces are spectacular, and it is incredibly fun getting to peek behind the scenes of the museum.

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Paper Architecture

Architects have been drawing for a long time, often without much hope that their ideas will be realized. Some of the most famous images from the history of discipline, like the Cenotaph (or death monument) for the astronomer Newton designed by Étienne-Louis Boullée, would have been impossible to construct even if the budget had been forthcoming.

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