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Designing Postmodernism, Part 7: The Build

Less than a month now ’til opening, and the Postmodernism exhibition is moving rapidly from ‘sketch’ to ‘product’. The past two weeks have been devoted to what we call ‘the build,’ that is, the construction of the cases, platforms, walls, and scenographic elements for the show. At the end of this process we’ll be ready […]

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Textiles: Dyeing support fabric

Currently the furniture and textile conservators are working on the armour, with the textile work estimated at over 250 hours work. The textile conservation treatment requires a great deal of preparation of support fabrics, including dyeing fine nylon net, silk crepeline and silk, as well as casting adhesives on to various support substrates.I decided to do all of the dyeing together, firstly, to save time and secondly as the stock solutions we use have a short shelf life. The dye cycle in progess in the studio lab I used Lanaset dyes to dye all of the support fabric for the …

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Laser Cutter

Our behemoth of a laser cutter finally arrived in studio the other week! For those of you who aren't familiar with this kind of machine, it uses a focussed laser beam to precisely cut through sheet material. By varying the power of the laser and the speed at which it moves, you can cut or engrave nearly any material which will burn; wood, paper, plastic, fabric. This unit isn't powerful enough to cut metal, but it can engrave on it, as well as on glass. It is a great machine for cutting intricate parts, and lots of them since its …

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The Local Past – Barcelona

One of the things that the curators tried to incorporate into the V&A’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries was the idea that the past survives, often in evocative fragments, all around us in the modern city. At various points since, artists and designers have chosen to go back and take inspiration from those fragments. And one […]

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