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Meharban Khan doing gota work in the workshop on his roof

Location Scout III: Sparkle and shine

So here is one final post from my trip to India last month. I was in pursuit of locations to film hand embroidery in progress and visited a variety of workshops.  Many of these also specialised in applying a range of embellishments to fabrics in order to create the highly decorative garments favoured across India. […]

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Resist block printed cotton dyed with Indigo.

Location Scout Part II: Resist block printing

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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Khadi cotton being woven on the loom

Location Scout: The Khadi weavers of Kaladera

This post has been a little delayed owing to a gastric souvenir that I have bought back from my recent trip to India (not charming and you’ll be grateful that I have no plan to expand further on this point).  The visit was ostensibly a holiday to visit family there, but being in the right […]

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Free Workshop – Digital Print for Fashion and Interior Design

Calling all young designers! If you are thinking of starting a career or heading into further study in creative arts, a new V&A programme will help you build a portfolio, meet professionals and gain new skills to start your journey. Join us this weekend, get creative and share your ideas with us.     The […]

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Early stages of cutting the rod and shaping it so the dolls sit at the desired angle.

Mounting Disobedient Objects

Sadly, this is my final post on the museum blog for Disobedient Objects…but before I move on to new adventures, I’d like to give you a little glimpse into more of the behind-the-scenes work involved in the run up to Disobedient Objects. I am going to focus a little bit into two very simple mounts I made prior to […]

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V&A Fashion Pop-Up on Regent Street during Summer Streets Festival

Come join us on Sunday 20 July to celebrate the V&A’s year of fashion and the major exhibitions The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 and Wedding Dresses 1775-2014, with a one-off shopping opportunity and a specially curated day of fashion activities taking place in the V&A’s Fashion Pop-Up as part of Regent Street’s Summer Streets […]

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Prix Pictet: Digital Kids

As part of the V&A hosting this year’s Prix Pictet exhibition, we are inviting families to come and create their own work inspired by artists in the show. The Prix Pictet is a photography prize which shows series of works that investigate issues around sustainability. Each year has a specific theme, with this year’s being […]

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Digital Kids at the Shakespeare Festival

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”  (As You Like It, Act II Scene VII) Over the Easter holidays this apt quote became a reality but it was the kids in the museum who became the performers, playwrights, set designers and directors! As part of the Digital Kids activities […]

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Shakespeare in a Suitcase

Isaac Jaggard, born 1600 (printer) and Edward Blount (printer), The First Folio, Museum Ref: L.1392-1882 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London April 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, probably the most well-known playwright the world has produced. Such is his all-pervasive influence on our culture that even a cursory glance […]

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New Secondary School Workshop – Digital Design:Code

This year the Schools team launched a new digital coding workshop as part of our programme for Secondary Schools. Coding is becoming an increasingly prevalent design tool; it is both a new ‘material’ that artists can use and an inspiration for their subject matter. Programmers who work with code to create computer programmes are a […]

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