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The Tower of babel – Shop of the Day 51


The Tower of babel – Shop of the Day 51 Roman Road today,and this recently closed printing press in East London.  First opened in 1897 and run by 3 successive generations.  Amongst countless works undertaken even the Suffragette’s handbills were printed here. Some lovely stories written by ‘Gentle Author’ on ‘Spitalfields Life’ here http://www.spitalfieldslife.com/2010/02/03/gary-arber-printer/ I thought […]

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Cast a clout and get your umbrella out

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It’s spring time! The sun is out, ‘clouts’ are being cast left right and centre*, and everyone is looking a little bit happier. What better time then, to talk about umbrellas? After all, the aforementioned sun is still fighting those fluffy limelight-stealing clouds for our attentions and the ‘threat’ of rain is a spring time […]

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Location Scout Part II: Resist block printing

Resist block printed cotton dyed with Indigo.

After a hurried fortnight of preparing storyboards and briefing the film crew, they have now been packed onto their flights and are off to India to capture some of the remarkable textile processes that I saw on my reccie trip in January.   I visited Kaladera in Rajasthan, looking particularly for Indigo dyeing workshops.  There I was […]

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To the source


In a recent post for the display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics Florence Tyler posed the question ‘Can a display exist without objects?’. Well there are certainly ceramics in the display, you will be pleased to know, but there are some things missing: the original artworks that inspired the ceramic decoration.       The V&A Ceramic Galleries were built […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Factory!

‘The Arrival of the Turkey from Goa,’ from The Jahangirnama, Ustad Mansur, ca. 1612. © Victoria & Albert Museum.

With the last days of November approaching, many American minds are turning to their Thanksgiving celebrations. Since becoming an official federal holiday in 1863, the last Thursday of the month has been reserved for visiting family and friends, watching the (American) football game, and sharing an enormous turkey dinner. Having spent weeks eagerly reviewing my […]

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Modern markets for traditional techniques

Shop front of Merchant & Mills store in Rye

Indian textiles have long held great appeal to European consumers; so much so that in the 17th Century the Indian textile industry were seen as a direct threat to British textile manufacture.  This resulted in the ban of textile imports from India and in turn gave rise to a lively trade in smuggled chintz.  Since […]

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Your Affectionate Father John Constable

John Constable

In 1828 John Constable found himself a widower with seven young children. Apart from his own sorrow at the death of his beloved wife Maria, a blow from which he never really recovered, he must also have had to deal with the grief and loss faced by his offspring. As a comparatively well off single […]

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‘A World to Win’ is on the move


‘A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution’ is on the move!  The display exploring a century of political posters came to an end at the V&A last week and the show will begin touring around the country until 2016.  I have been scouring the web for content regarding the recent referendum on Scottish […]

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A Point of Departure

'Calyx', printed linen furnishing fabric by Lucienne Day for Heals & Son Ltd., British, 1951, T.329:3-1000. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

This post was written by Joanna Weddell, AHRC CDA Disseminating Design, Centre for Research and Development, University of Brighton and Research Department, the Victoria & Albert Museum. This post is prompted by a curious caption and photograph in a press cuttings file on one of the major exhibitions of the V&A Circulation Department, English Chintz: English […]

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Speed Residency update from Vincent Larkin

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Vincent is coming to the end of his two week residency slot in the studio, and below he shares his thoughts on his time here, as well as some great photos of his work in progress. * There’s a great deal of energy to this space and the galleries. All of these objects and stories […]

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