Colour In Our Collections

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It seems as if everyone has gone colouring book mad, so what better time to share some examples we have in the archive and offer a chance for you to have a go yourself? One of the most fascinating collections we hold at Blythe House is the Renier Collection, the largest special collection of children’s […]

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Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Kitty-in-Boots

Unfinished illustration for The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, 1914. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with kind permission from the owner

Cats feature in several of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved tales. Tabitha Twitchit and her cousin, Ribby, are models of respectability but Tom Kitten is prone to scratching and the tailor of Gloucester’s cat, Simpkin, spits and growls – ‘I don’t consider cats thoroughly domesticated animals’. When the young Peter Rabbit encounters a white cat flicking his […]

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HOW TO WIN the V&A Illustration Awards! An interview with the judges

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It’s an enduring mystery of art competitions: what exactly do the judges want? As the shortlist for the V&A Illustration Awards is announced, I caught up with the judges of the Student Prize, Rafi Romaya & Ruth Prickett, & quizzed them on their choices, trends in illustration & their views on why Student Competitions matter.

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Short Film About Casting, an installation by V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Resident Yiyun Kang

We have recently released Casting, a short film recording the fascinating digital project by V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Resident Yiyun Kang. Over the course of her six month residency at the V&A (October 2015 – March 2016), Kang utilised her projection mapping practice to create a new portal into the V&A Cast Courts (room […]

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V&A Samsung Digital Classroom: tips for beginning projection mapping

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Our Samsung Digital Artist in Residence, Yiyun Kang, has just finished the end of her residency with us after transforming the Cast Courts with her new work, “Casting“. As a parting gift, Yiyun led a session for our Samsung Digital Classroom for 16 – 19 year olds, exploring projection mapping. We’d like to share a few […]

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National Art Library bank holiday weekend closure

A reminder to all our users that the National Art Library will be closed for the bank holiday weekend from 18.30 on Friday 29th April, and will re-open at 10.00 on Tuesday 3rd May. You can order your items ahead of your visit for when we re-open: advance orders received after 16:30 on the Friday will […]

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The Complex World of Small Things: Part Three

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Hands that Make, Hands that Hold, Hands that Mend According to the 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant, hands are “man’s outer brain”. They form what we conjure up in our heads: they are the tools of our consciousness. The brain co-ordinates the hand and eye to produce objects just like the portrait miniatures that […]

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The Moroccan Fashion Project: an insight into the acquisition process

Museum no. ME.5:1 to 4- 2015 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Amongst the many exciting tasks that I have to undertake as an assistant curator in the Middle East section of the Asian Department is the responsibility of dealing with the logistics of all new acquisitions. Every year, the V&A acquires hundreds of objects from different people all over the world. Last year, amongst these acquisitions […]

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The new V&A website – the inside story

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Last week we relaunched vam.ac.uk and we’ve been bowled over by the positive response – thank you. Last week I explained a bit about what we’ve done and why. Since then we’ve been asked lots of questions from cultural and digital folk who want a bit more detail on the thinking behind the new site […]

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Joubert Guest Post: Joubert and Saint-Aubin: Translating the Textile Trades

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Tabitha Baker is a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD student at the University of Warwick and the V&A, supervised jointly by Professor Lesley Miller and Professor Giorgio Riello. Her project is entitled “The Embroidery Trade in Eighteenth-Century France” and  she is investigating the skills, products and networks of the French embroiderers in eighteenth-century Paris and Lyon. In December 2015 she […]

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