Concealed, Discovered, Revealed (2005)

The work of Sue Lawty during her time at the V&A as Textile Artist in Residence, where she collaborated on a significant new body of work with the V&A Textile Collection, worked directly with the historic collection, discovering and uncovering objects which inspired a new acquisition for the contemporary textile collection and devised and collaborated on the online World Beach Project.

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School on the Beach

School submissions to World Beach are always a delight.
Here, from students working in stunning and remote locations towards the extremities of our planet.

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Emotionally Attached to Raspberries

Stick brown canes in clods of earth lined up in buckets take refuge in my hall, the ground outside still frozen and closed for business.I dug them up before Christmas. Hurriedly, passionately, with vigour and intent, quite desperate and determined to retain a small fraction of the raspberry tradition of No.28, my childhood family home in Derbyshire. It would soon be gone from us; it felt important to possess something of these actual plants.

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Museum to New York

SOFA New York 2012: The International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art, Park Avenue Armory.A pair of lead textile pieces informed by V&A research were featured in the VIP Lounge at SOFA New York in April.

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Museum to Museum

The route to museumaker and Killhope can be tracked back to early research in the fabulous stores at the V&A.

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Galena PbS.

I was handed a hammer and encouraged to whack the rock hard. In an instant a startling starburst flash of light glanced from the interior as it fell open.

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Yorkshire Coast

I have mentioned previously about childhood coastal summers in Yorkshire. A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I walked a more northerly stretch from the magnificent pier at Saltburn by the Sea just east of Middlesbrough through the old fishing settlements of Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Whitby to Robins Hood’s Bay in the south.

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Renaissance Raphael: Woven Tapestry

Tapestry Cartoon: The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, Luke 5: 1-11. Raphael (1483 – 1520).
Italy 1515-16.

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Schools on Beaches across the Globe

More fantastic projects… In April 2009, Ka’u Homeschool Art Class Keikis were World Beaching on Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Big Island of Hawaii. They wrote:
‘ Mothers & Teacher Suzshi Lang made a large scale Honu. (top left) By Hawaiian law, it is a requirement to keep a distance of fifteen feet away from the turtles. The class ‘made a serene family of Honu resting on the beach out of smooth black lava rock.

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1000

World Beach Project hits the 1000 mark! Fantastic! I feel so proud. (I’m never quite sure why pride is considered to be such a sin… just bubbling up, unbidden, as it does.) I think I can safely say it is shared by everyone at the V&A who is involved in the project and I hope equally by all who have taken part to date. Let us celebrate a truly collective pride in the achievement built together… and in an idea which continues to grow and develop.

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Beside the Seaside

My father was from Hunmanby in the East Riding of Yorkshire and summer holidays as a young child were spent on the stretch of coast from Bridlington to Scarborough. We got there by steam train and double decker bus (dome roofed, dark blue). Sand in castles and sandwiches, donkey rides, rock pools, knickerbocker glories, prickly coconut mats on the helter-skelter, Filey Brigg and steep iron ladders up the cliff face. Good stuff. As submissions to World Beach fast approached the 1000 mark, I recently enjoyed one of the best education days ever on the beach at Filey.

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