Tag: design

Back to the blog front page

The making of Kalpataru


India’s rich artistic traditions have been bought together in this celebratory installation by Delhi based designers Sarthak Sengupta and Sahil Bagga of Sarthak Sahil Design Co. The inspiration for the installation comes from nature. The central tree is shaped like a leaf from the sacred tulsi plant and it is surrounded by representations of trees and […]

Keep reading

BEST OF THE BEST: TOP 5 Illustration Award Editorial winners

Richard Parent Chernobyl 1988

With limited page space and tight commission deadlines, the editorial illustrator must demonstrate the flare and imagination to sum up complex ideas quickly. Here we list – in no particular order – 5 of our favourite winners of the V&A Illustration Awards Editorial category.

Keep reading

Guest Post: Stitch Narratives – Continuance and Evolution of Running Stitch Embroidery

Stitch detail on jacket by Swati Kalsi

Hello again! This week we welcome Gopika Nath, a textile artist and writer living and working in Gurgaon, who shares our passion for kantha embroidery in both its traditional and contemporary forms.  Read on for a blog post you can almost touch… There is a nip in the air and it’s time to take out the silk […]

Keep reading

It Could Be You! 2016 Illustration Awards: Entry now open

Daphne Headshot

Last year, Daphne Christoforou – a final year student at the RCA – uploaded images of NO-THING, a sumptuous illustrated textile of astute, finely-detailed ink-drawings. NO-THING was one of nearly a 1000 entries submitted to the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards. Seven months later Daphne was crowned the Student Illustrator of the Year and took home […]

Keep reading

Blue and White: Products

Bluebellgray chair

Many of the designs for products we see in our high street stores and online come from historical references. The blue and white Willow pattern not only influenced our fashion industry (see Blue and White: Fashion), it also continues to influence our product design industry today. If we move away from ceramics for a moment and […]

Keep reading

New acquisition: Storm umbrella


Umbrellas have been used to keep dry since distant antiquity, their basic shape has not changed a great deal throughout history. During the course of my research I found that each year, on average, around 1000 new patents are registered worldwide for ‘improved’ umbrella designs. New designs can include improved, stronger rib technology or alterations […]

Keep reading

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180 Fulham Road and we’re staying near the top. Continuing a theme from yesterday I first started exhibiting with David Gill Gallery and working with Francis Sultana here in late 2004. The first piece I made for them was a massive nativity scene that went in […]

Keep reading

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179 One of my favourite shops and a place close to my heart I had my 1st small solo exhibition here in 2004. Opened in 1979 this iconic fashion designer (and cyclist) Paul Smith was the first designer to open in a then very different Floral […]

Keep reading

From Feathers to Fascinators: Part Three


 Hat of marabou feathers with metal and L.E.D light system, made by David Shilling, 1996. Museum number: T.456-1996

Jenna Banat is a volunteer in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department here at the V&A. In the third in a series of three blog posts, Jenna is going to take a look at some examples of feather hats in our collection. Some Ascot hats are a celebration of traditional styles; others are designed to […]

Keep reading

Histories of the Social in Design

'Knowledge of design history' and 'Design History' were both removed from the 'asset map' by partipants at the AHRC ProtoPublics workshop

History doesn’t often make it onto the agenda in social design research. I was reminded of this in an ‘asset mapping’ exercise at the AHRC ProtoPublics Workshop, where participants were asked to write their ‘assets’ on post-it notes and arrange on tables under the themes of civic participation, mobilities, health and well-being and public space. The […]

Keep reading