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Japanese meisen dyeing

Meisen kimono from the V&A collection

On a recent visit to Japan I had the opportunity to visit Isesaki, a town in Gunma Prefecture about 95km north-west of Tokyo that is known for the production of a type of fabric called meisen. The development of meisen in the early decades of the twentieth century brought modern kimono fashions within the reach […]

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Japanese stencil dyeing

Making the rice paste

I travelled to Tokyo recently to attend a symposium hosted by Bunka Gakuen, one of the world’s leading fashion colleges. As well as days of formal events, the organisers had kindly arranged various visits for the participants, one of which was to a dyeing workshop in Hachiōji. This town is about 40 kilometres west of […]

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Object Pitch Day 8 – 26 November 2014 – Part I

We’d finally made it: the very last Object Pitches for a history of an OBJECT in 100 worlds. Befitting the occasion Bill Sherman was in a ruminative mood, reminding us that “the only rule is time.” And so we settled ourselves for the last lunchtime session, which included yet another member of the Research Department […]

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Event Round-Up

We’re very lucky at the V&A to have the details of inspiring and exciting events shared with us regularly, and we thought we might use this week’s post to pass these opportunities on to you. Over the coming weeks, you may find us at any of the following – we encourage you to come along […]

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May Day, Mayday!

May Day, Hyde Park By Underground

For most of us May Day (not to be confused with the international distress call mayday) just means a bank holiday and a chance to recharge our batteries. Perhaps an opportunity to visit a museum? Or maybe surf the net for interesting and informative blogs?. . . The earliest May Day celebrations date back to pre-Christian times. In […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.67

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.67 We’re climbing up the Tower! To Greenwich today.  This one combines 2 of my favourites – bike shop and the sub genre of shop signs with missing letters. 228 Trafalgar Road, London, SE10 9ER   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Out On Display #16: Mask of a Dead Faun

    Mask of a Dead Faun Cast bronze Glyn Philpot England (London), c.1923 A.4-2008 On display in room 21             Glyn Philpot (1884 – 1937) made his name as a painter of society portraits (including that of Siegfried Sassoon), but in the 1920s he became interested in sculpture and the male nude. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.66

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.66 Moving up to the next tier we have betting shops, chicken shops, some off licences, some convenience stores and pound shops amongst others. I particularly like this one in Archway that has the most amount of different fonts I have ever seen on a shop […]

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Building the DeepZoom: Concept to Creation

Screenshot of the Explore the Scroll

The V&A has a wealth of creative talent within its walls, one of these areas is within the artists in residency program. Last month we said goodbye to Liam O’Connor, who spent the last year as our drawing artist in resident, specifically working on the Exhibition Road Building Project. Towards the end of Liam’s residency […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.65

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.65 Next level, closed down shops. Here’s a great one – 2 Sunnyside Terrace, Edgware Road Colindale NW9 5DL Another notable feature – old style phone numbers. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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