Inspired by ... winners 2010

Inspired by … is the V&A's annual art competition for people on part-time courses, and is supported by NIACE, the National Institute of Continuing Education. Participants create a work of art or craft inspired by the collections of either V&A South Kensington, or the V&A Museum of Childhood.

207 applicants entered the competition this year. They came from diverse backgrounds and from 45 colleges and institutions nationally and were encouraged by over 100 tutors in art, crafts and design. Some of them had never been to the Museum before, but visited with their art group especially for the 'Inspired by ...' competition. A significant number of entrants had access requirements.

The entries were assessed by a total of 13 curators, programme managers, designers and prize donors. 45 artworks in different media made by students were selected to go on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood from 2 October to 21 November 2010.

Nicola Long receiving the Access Prize from Head of Diversity Unit, Eithne Nightingale

Nicola Long receiving the Access Prize from Head of Diversity Unit, Eithne Nightingale

Access Prize

Nicola Lon for Vitreous Humour

Inspired by...

'The Decode exhibition looked fantastic with its interactive items and the Opto-Isolator really caught by attention - it's so innovative and unique. Then I saw De Morgan's peacock with vibrant turquoise and blues, which gave me the added inspiration for iris colour set against the white background.'

Judges' Comments

'Vitreous Humour by Nicola Long was chosen because of it's clever and successful integration of inspiration derived from two objects - Golan Levin's human sized interactive eye from the Decode exhibition and William de Morgan's ceramic dish with peacock design; its lovely delicacy with the fringed edges representing eyelashes; its sense of intrigue with the eye in the base of the dish and the
double entendre/meaning of the word vitreous 1) part
of the eye 2) when clay is fired it vitrifies.'
'Vitreous Humour' made by Nicola Long during her Pottery and Sculpture class at City College, Peterborough

'Vitreous Humour' made by Nicola Long during her Pottery and Sculpture class at City College, Peterborough

Opto-Isolator II by Golan Levin, 2007, Decode: Digital Design Sensations, 8 December 2009-11 April 2010

Opto-Isolator II by Golan Levin, 2007, Decode: Digital Design Sensations, 8 December 2009-11 April 2010

Muriel Morris-Jones receiving the Benefit of Learning Prize from Judy Gawn from NIACE

Muriel Morris-Jones receiving the Benefit of Learning Prize from Judy Gawn from NIACE

Benefit of Learning Prize (awarded by National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education)

Muriel Morris-Jones for In the Beginning - Finding a Voice

Inspired by... 

'I was inspired by Gallery 41. It brought back a long-forgotten interest 'in the beginning' of the world, the miracle of creation and mankind's many theories and clutching at answers in both religion and science.'

Judges' Comments

'Muriel Morris-Jones' application In the Beginning, Finding a Voice really shows the impact that learning can have as an adult, and the contribution that museums can make to learning for everyone.

She says, '[The Winged Lion in the South Asian Gallery] brought back long forgotten interest 'In the Beginning' of the world, the miracle of creation. It has rekindled my dormant interest in the mysteries of the universe and creativity of mankind through time.'

'[I am] slowly recovering my passion for life, by attending the Mary Ward Centre for three hours a week in the company of other creative people...'

'In the Beginning - Finding a Voice' made by Muriel Morris-Jones during her Experimental sculpture class at the Mary Ward Centre

'In the Beginning - Finding a Voice' made by Muriel Morris-Jones during her Experimental sculpture class at the Mary Ward Centre

Capital, North India, AD 75-125, Museum no. IS.712-1883, Room 47b

Capital, North India, AD 75-125, Museum no. IS.712-1883, Room 47b

Jolanta Jagiello receiving the sculpture award from curator Amy Mechowski

Jolanta Jagiello receiving the sculpture award from curator Amy Mechowski

Sculpture Prize

Jolanta Jagiello for City Calligraphy

Inspired by... 

'I wanted to be inspired by the work of architects so I visited the Architecture Gallery. I was impressed by the section on public housing, particularly tall tower blocks.'

Judges' Comments

'Inspired by the architectural model for the Rowlett Street Housing Estate designed by Erno Goldfinger, 'City Calligraphy' evokes the steadfast durability of public housing and tall tower blocks, while acknowledging the variables (such as subtle movement and delicate suspension) on which these structures rely.
As a kinetic artwork it moves and bounces upon contact.'
'City Calligraphy' made by Jolanta Jagiello during her Exploring Sculpture class at Morley College

'City Calligraphy' made by Jolanta Jagiello during her Exploring Sculpture class at Morley College

Model of Rowlett Street Housing Estate by Erno Goldfinger, built 1964-72, Museum no. LOAN:RIBA.17-2003, Room 128

Model of Rowlett Street Housing Estate by Erno Goldfinger, built 1964-72, Museum no. LOAN:RIBA.17-2003, Room 128

Margaret Sparks receiving her Inspired by the Medieval and Renaissance prize from curator Kirstin Kennedy

Margaret Sparks receiving her Inspired by the Medieval and Renaissance prize from curator Kirstin Kennedy

Medieval & Renaissance Galleries Prize

Margaret Sparks for A Medieval Forest

Inspired by... 

'The wood carvings on the pillars are incredibly strong and I immediately saw the trees as a medieval forest. My main idea was to layer the trees as a collage, to provide shadows and overlap of trees in a forest.'

Judges' Comments

'We were drawn to Margaret Spark's magical reinterpretation of details on medieval carved wooden columns in the Medieval and Renaissance galleries.
The linocut technique of her work alludes to the carving process of the original, and she has recreated the intricacy of the column's leaf-patterns. The individual foliage prints are sensitively balanced compositions, further enhanced by repetition. The result is a boldly graphic design in a style which references the patterned fabrics and wallpapers of the 1940s and 50s.'
Carved columns, Calabria or Sicily, Italy, 1200-50, Museum no. 269:1,2-1886

Carved columns, Calabria or Sicily, Italy, 1200-50, Museum no. 269:1,2-1886

'A Medieval Forest' made by Margaret Sparks during her Printmaking class at Sutton College of Learning for Adults

v'A Medieval Forest' made by Margaret Sparks during her Printmaking class at Sutton College of Learning for Adults

Lilly Ousantzopoulou receiving her Inspired by Metalwork Prize from curator Amy Mechowski.

Lilly Ousantzopoulou receiving her Inspired by Metalwork Prize from curator Amy Mechowski.

Metalwork Prize

Lilly Ousantzopoulou for Enchanted Circus

Inspired by... 

'My artwork is the result of visiting the British Galleries of the V&A Museum and being enchanted by the 1851 tunnel book representing the Great Exhibition.'

Judges' Comments

'Enchanted Circus' captures an illusion of depth and movement which fascinated the Victorians - a fascination drawn forth by Charles Moody's Great Exhibition 'tunnel book'.
 The layering of different metals with varying colours and textures, like the lithography of the book helps to create space and a sense of playful whimsy.'
'Enchanted Circus' made by Lilly Ousantzopoulou during her BTEC National Certificate Level 3 class at Kensington & Chelsea College

'Enchanted Circus' made by Lilly Ousantzopoulou during her BTEC National Certificate Level 3 class at Kensington & Chelsea College

Nave of the Crystal Palace by Charles Moody, 1851, Museum no. E.971-1936

Nave of the Crystal Palace by Charles Moody, 1851, Museum no. E.971-1936

 
Eleanor Symms receiving the Fashion & Textiles Award from Esther Ketskemety on behalf of Jenny Lister

Eleanor Symms receiving the Fashion & Textiles Award from Esther Ketskemety on behalf of Jenny Lister

Fashion and Textiles Prize

Eleanor Symms for Silver Birch Tree Pockets

Inspired by... 

'The textiles, fashion and jewellery collections at the V&A are wonderful resources, enabling me to view works within chronological, cultural and aesthetic contexts.'

Judges' Comments

'Eleanor Symms' 'Silver Birch Tree Pockets' stood out for me from the very early stages of judging for the textiles and fashion section of 'Inspired byÉ'
'I was struck by the way Eleanor had re-interpreted the idea of separate pockets to tie around the waist - indispensable, commonplace accessories the 18th century, and updated them as a very beautiful, desirable objects for the 21st century. I also liked the way she had studied an unusual combination of objects from across the museum collections, using them as they are intended, to inspire modern design. I was interested in the way she fused traditional and contemporary materials and techniques to recreate the effect of silver birch tree bark, and was equally inspired by the natural world.'
Pair of pockets, England, about 1760, Given by Mrs J Bentley, Museum no. T.175

Pair of pockets, England, about 1760, Given by Mrs J Bentley, Museum no. T.175

'Silver Birch Tree Pockets' made by Eleanor Symms during her part-time BA Combined Studies in Art

'Silver Birch Tree Pockets' made by Eleanor Symms during her part-time BA Combined Studies in Art

Rebecca Green receiving the Museum of Childhood Prize from curator Catherine Howell on behalf of Sarah Louise Wood

Rebecca Green receiving the Museum of Childhood Prize from curator Catherine Howell on behalf of Sarah Louise Wood

Museum of Childhood Prize

Rebecca Green for Mrs Bryant's Pleasure

Inspired by... 

'Mrs Bryant's house was magical and the reality and detail of the rooms incredible - but the strangeness of the difference in scale between the doll in the kitchen and the furniture was very apparent to me!'

Judges' Comments

'This beautifully made, illustrated children's book is based on the imagined lives of two doll-sized owners of two of the museum's finest dolls' houses on display, Mrs Bryant's Pleasure and The Tate Baby House.

Rebecca has constructed a fully illustrated story about what problems may arise within their out of scale and mismatching miniature worlds in Mrs Bryant's house including how she is too small to look out her windows or to climb in to her bed easily.

Rebecca has taken the time to really observe the quirkiness of dolls' house interiors and notice how, as furniture and interior decorations have been acquired over time, and not made specifically for the house, they are often out of scale and at times nonsensical. I really liked how this was the central focus for the story and how the characters of Mrs Bryant and Mrs Tate, her larger next door neighbour, overcome their differences in scale by turning this to their advantage, and eventually becoming friends. The drawings throughout the book are beautifully executed and capture the period features of the house and the dolls really well. The story is imaginative and has a sweet and optimistic message of friendship and is one I can really see children and adults enjoying, particularly in combination with seeing the Mrs Bryant's Pleasure at the Museum.'

'Mrs Bryant's Pleasure', England, 1860-65, Given bt Miss Helen Bryant, Museum no. MISC.9-1955

'Mrs Bryant's Pleasure', England, 1860-65, Given bt Miss Helen Bryant, Museum no. MISC.9-1955

'Mrs Bryant's Pleasure' made by Rebecca Green during her Book Illustration class at Chelsea College of Art

'Mrs Bryant's Pleasure' made by Rebecca Green during her Book Illustration class at Chelsea College of Art & Design

Natasha Tonkin receiving her Theatre & Performance prize from Theatre Collections Education Manager, Adrian Deakes

Natasha Tonkin receiving her Theatre & Performance prize from Theatre Collections Education Manager, Adrian Deakes

Theatre & Performance Prize

Natasha Tonkin for Tweatre

Inspired by... 

'Inspired by the reflective and interactive theme of Decode exhibition and the glitz and glamour of the Theatre Collection, I wanted to create a new space that merges the myriad of online outlets with the traditional theatre performance arena, drawing attention to their analogous relationship.'

Judges' Comments

'We thought Natasha's piece scored very highly in originality. An imaginative mix of 'old' and 'new' technology, it has echoes of a 'What the Butler Saw' early cinema experience alongside reference to the feeling of intimacy and expectation one gets when sitting in a live audience, waiting for a show to begin.

The large amount of art materials used and practices were also impressive and it was great to see two seemingly different exhibitions and galleries brought
together as inspiration for a new piece. We loved the title too, combining 'Theatre' and 'Tweeter.'

View a short video on 'Tweatre' by Natasha Tonkin on youTube

Video Grid by Ross Philips, Decode: Digital Design Sensations, 8 December 2009-11 April 2010

Video Grid by Ross Philips, Decode: Digital Design Sensations, 8 December 2009-11 April 2010

'Tweatre' made by Natasha Tonkin during her Editorial and Children's Book class at Putney School of Art

'Tweatre' made by Natasha Tonkin during her Editorial and Children's Book class at Putney School of Art

Timothy Letten receiving the Inspired by the Ceramics Gallery Prize from Marilyn Greene, Programme Manager

Timothy Letten receiving the Inspired by the Ceramics Gallery Prize from Marilyn Greene, Programme Manager

Ceramics Galleries Prize

Timothy Letten for Compression

Inspired by... 

'Room 143 inspired me. I found drawing many objects on all the shelves compelling and compressed all of them into one drawing. I immediately had an idea of pots found under the sea. When brought to the surface, they had all stuck together.'

Judges' Comments

'We were impressed by Timothy Letten's "Compression" not only by the quality and challenges of making a piece of this size, but also for its imaginative scope.  It takes on an organic life of its own absorbing and fusing with the forms of the traditional Nigerian pots in the Ceramics Gallery.  He had the idea that the pots had fused and compressed under the sea for hundreds of years but rather than become objects frozen in time, they have become one object which is very much alive.'
'Compression' made by Timothy Letten during his Advanced Project in Ceramics class at Westminster Adult Education Service, Amberley Road Centre

'Compression' made by Timothy Letten during his Advanced Project in Ceramics class at Westminster Adult Education Service, Amberley Road Centre

Water pot, Nigeria, 1989, Lent by The British Museum, Museum no. Loan:BM1041-2009, Room 143

Water pot, Nigeria, 1989, Lent by The British Museum, Museum no. Loan:BM1041-2009, Room 143

Wendy Green receiving the award for glass from curator Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przbylski

Wendy Green receiving the award for glass from curator Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przbylski

Glass Prize

Wendy Green for Connect

Inspired by... 

'I visited the Museum of Childhood and was transported back to my youth by the brightly coloured Playplax construction toy and the Javanese shadow puppets. The colour changing gobo light in the Sensory Pod also appealed to me.'

Judges' Comments

'Playing with shapes, textures and light, Wendy Green's delightful 'Connect' is an imaginative response to the collections of the Museum of Childhood.
The almost impossible balance of this incredibly delicate structure shows great skill but also a refreshing playfulness that makes it a particularly appealing object.'
Sensory Pod, Interior of the V&A Museum of Childhood

Sensory Pod, Interior of the V&A Museum of Childhood

'Connect' made by Wendy Green during her 3D Design & Contemporary Craft Practice class at University for the Creative Arts

'Connect' made by Wendy Green during her 3D Design & Contemporary Craft Practice class at University for the Creative Arts

Clarissa Dorner receiving the Ceramics Award from curator Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przbylski

Clarissa Dorner receiving the Ceramics Award from curator Melanie Vandenbrouck-Przbylski

Ceramics Prize

Clarissa Dorner for Nasturtium Stack

Inspired by...

'I am inspired by the monumental size of the cast of Trajan's Column. I particularly like the way it spirals upwards, telling a story. I was also inspired by the tulip vases in the Ceramics gallery and the related pieces produced in the 'Telling Tales' exhibition.'

Judges' Comments

'Clarissa Dorner's 'Nasturtium Stack' is inspired by the V&A's ceramics collection and perhaps one of its most imposing sculptures, Trajan's column. Her piece not only shows great technical achievement, it skilfully marries delicate glazing to a sense of monumentality and harmonious equilibrium that has a poetic resonance.'
'Nasturtium Stack' made by Clarissa Dorner during her Advanced Project in Ceramics class at Westminster Adult Education Service, Amberley Road Centre

'Nasturtium Stack' made by Clarissa Dorner during her Advanced Project in Ceramics class at Westminster Adult Education Service, Amberley Road Centre

Plaster cast of Trajan's column, original in Rome, Italy, AD 113, cast by Oudry, about 1864, Museum no. 1864-128, Room 46a

Plaster cast of Trajan's column, original in Rome, Italy, AD 113, cast by Oudry, about 1864, Museum no. 1864-128, Room 46a

Laura Sheppard receiving the Word and Image award from curator Ella Ravillious

Laura Sheppard receiving the Word and Image award from curator Ella Ravillious

Word and Image Prize

Laura Sheppard for Chinese Zodiac Puppets

Inspired by... 

'Upon visiting the China rooms I was completely taken aback by the beauty and the detail in all the items, but particularly the textiles and ceramics.'

Judges' Comments

'Laura Sheppard's work was chosen as a winning piece as it displayed a meticulous care in execution, coupled with a sense of fun and movement.
Laura had clearly spent time and effort studying objects at the V&A and had let that inspire her work without restricting her imagination. We were particularly impressed by her attention to the detail and the presentation of the works.'
Chinese Zodiac Puppets made by Laura Sheppard during her Book Illustration course at Chelsea College of Art & Design

Chinese Zodiac Puppets made by Laura Sheppard during her Book Illustration course at Chelsea College of Art & Design

Robe, China, 18th or 19th century, Museum no. T.254-1959

Robe, China, 18th or 19th century, Museum no. T.254-1959

A prize was also awarded to Carolyn Dinan, illustration tutor at Kensington & Chelsea College and Putney School of Art for the most inspiring tutor.

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