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V&A Illustration Awards: Interview with David McConochie – Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year

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What is David McConochie’s secret? In the space of a year, he’s bagged two prestigious illustration awards and a lucrative commission for The Folio Society. He’s just been crowned Winner of the V&A Illustration Awards and to mark the opening of the 2016 Illustration Awards display, I caught up with David to find out more […]

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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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The new V&A website

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We relaunch vam.ac.uk today and we know – and hope – that there’ll be lots of questions about the new website. In the meantime, we wanted to give you an overview of what we’ve done and why. Why have we overhauled the website? It was time to rethink the V&A’s digital presence. Our website was […]

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Guest Post: Exhibition Designer Gitta Gschwendtner Reflects on a Job Well Done (and takes a video)

Installation view of 'The Fabric of India' exhibition, 3 October 2015 - 10 January 2016

Gitta Gschwendtner was the Exhibition designer for The Fabric of India, and worked with the V&A’s team over the past two years to design the delivery of the show. Gitta’s immersive design was integral to the show, and received rave reviews by industry professionals and visitors alike. She now takes a moment to reflect on her […]

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Joubert: Life of Joubert and Conference

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In 2016, an eighteenth-century manual will be revived here, in London. This manual is Le Dessinateur pour les etoffes d’or, d’argent et de soie, which in English would more or less mean The Gold, Silver, and Silk Fabrics’ Designer. Its author was the adventurous Antoine Nicolas Joubert de l’Hiberderie. I have branded him adventurous because […]

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BEST OF THE BEST: TOP 5 Illustration Award BOOK COVER Design winners

2010 Winner Cover Design Marion Deuchars Burmese Days

How do you sum up a 400 page novel in a single image? How do you design an object to be both a work of art and a consumer-good? Continuing with our Best of the Best series of V&A Illustration Award winners, here we list 5 of our favourite Book Cover Designs.

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Update from Intoart ‘Place and Repeat’

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This is a guest blog by Intoart about their current research and artistic development programme ‘Place and Repeat’        Six artists from Intoart are engaging with the V&A collections over seven months, Sept 2015– March 2016 to make new visual artwork that will be realised as unique fabric designs. The resulting printed fabrics will […]

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Building Cars at the V&A!

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This post was written by Joanna Weddell, Researcher at the University of Brighton. She is currently completing an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled Disseminating Design, which examines the regional impact of the Circulation Department in the post-war period 1947-77. If you were inspired by the BBC2 Building Cars Live programme celebrating British design, engineering and manufacturing, […]

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Trying Out Tights

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It’s been a very busy week full of developments in the design and text for the exhibition. Some of the team spent Thursday morning at the Clothworkers’ Centre at Blythe House. This is where we store our Textiles and Fashion collection, which holds over 104,000 objects. It’s also a brilliant study space in which you […]

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V&A at the Shenzhen Biennale

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This weekend (December 5th-6th) marks the opening of the 2015 Shenzhen Urbanism Architecture B-City Biennale, where the V&A’s Shekou team is presenting a small exhibition. After an intense period of work, we’ve just put the final touches on our display, Unidentified Acts of Design, eight short stories about design and production in Shenzhen. The display […]

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