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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 3

Technicians in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery installing the infographic map

The third day of install saw the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery completely transformed! The distinctive blue chairs, the iconic image of PQ2015, greeted us from the gallery entrance. They have been suspended from a bridge which links the gallery to the medieval Bethlehem chapel on the opposite side of the courtyard. The graphics for the installation, […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 2

The Jaroslav Fragner Gallery is a hive of activity!

Day 2 passed in an exciting flurry of activity! On the technical side, Oli and Adam installed the projectors and the speakers in preparation for filling the gallery with sound and visuals tomorrow. The consumer unit, with all the switches marked in technical Czech, proved tricky to navigate at first, but the unswervingly helpful gallery […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 1

Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague

After months of conversations, concept development, planning, filming, designing, and editing, the V&A has finally arrived in the beautiful Jaroslav Fragner gallery in Prague to install Glastonbury: Land and Legend as part of this year’s Prague Quadrennial. Sodja Lotker, Artistic Director of the Prague Quadrennial, initiated the SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics project back in 2011 and the […]

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Pictures from the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards

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From Monday night’s V&A Illustration Awards ceremony… some glam shots of the evening. Congratulations to all our winners: Sterling Hundley (Best Illustrated Book and Overall Winner), Yehrin Tong (Best Book Cover Design), Simon Pemberton (Best Editorial Illustration), Daphne Christoforou (Student Illustrator of the Year) and Dan Ungureanu (Student Runner-Up).             […]

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Making a ‘Constable’

Applying the red-brown oil ground. You can already see how the paper is absorbing the oil where there is no sizing.

  This week I’ve been working with Clare, the Senior Paintings Conservator, to make some Constable-style pasteboards (sheets of paper glued together) for a display to go in the Paintings gallery. After several weeks of reading up on it (for example in the essays referenced here), looking at examples of Constable’s works on paper, and […]

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‘A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing Before 1900’

Arm and Platform sewing machine by Edward Ward, c.1875-80. M.44-1991

  A stitch in time, may save nine. First recorded in Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia, Adages and Proverbs (1732)   The meaning of the ‘stitch in time’ proverb is well known: if you address a small problem with a little work, you prevent it from becoming a big problem requiring a lot of work. It’s probably no […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2015 Shortlist

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  With just over two weeks to go before the winners are announced, the judges of the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards have whittled down the entries from nearly a thousand to just three in each category. On the 18th of May we’ll find out the winners of the awards for:

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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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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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