You just never know from where your next bit of inspiration will emerge… Recently I took some small – in progress – samples along to the photographic studios here to be ‘documented’. (Just how pedestrian is that word.) Yet what emerged ‐ through a good photographer with good equipment was so much more. Digital images transferred to the super high-resolution screen, transformed simple ‘recording’ shots into exquisite and stunning close up details – tiny elements abstracted to small poster size. A hammered lead sample: Woven into the rhythmic beaten structure was a fine (but much harder) thread of pink wire ‐ a sort of sub text of weave within the weave. Completely unseen with the naked eye, I discovered grooves where the fine wire had embedded in the softer lead. This pin sharp magnification ‐ enabling you to climb right inside the weave structure and notice new qualities within its fabric. My mind is already flying…
Artists in Residence at the V&A
With an exciting and ever-changing programme of artists and designers, there’s never a dull moment in our residency studios. We will give you an exclusive look into what it’s like to be in residence at the world’s greatest museum of art and design.
We have a thriving and exciting programme of artists in residence here at the Museum, with at least two practitioners inhabiting our studios at any given time.
Here we show the process of being an artist or designer in residence here at the V&A, with behind-the-scenes insights and stories from Residency Co-ordinator, Laura Southall, and the artists themselves.