Yesterday I went, with my daughters, to the Fashion & Textile Museum, to see Orla Kiely “A Life In Pattern’. Really enjoyable exhibition, fun with fantastic attention to detail which is very much Orla’s design ‘DNA’. The gigantic frocks and the wall of bags were the most eye catching exhibits, but my favourite bit was the first room of installations with wonderful drawings and mood boards.
….a lovely way to spend an afternoon whilst my elder daughter awaited her finals results at 4pm…she passed and is now Dr Ruby! The cafe at the restaurant had very nice coffee, cake and food too!
I’ve been meaning to visit William Gee haberdashery for ages. I made the trip to Dalston Junction on the Overground yesterday, with my friend Fran – thank goodness she came, I couldn’t possibly have carried both the rolls of dot & cross paper (very heavy) and manilla card by myself!
William Gee has a modern website full of fabulously useful stuff, so the antiquity of the shop interior was quite a surprise; with most of the stock behind the two long counters and you must ask the assistants for assistance!
I went to the Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain on Monday! – A riot of colour on very large canvasses, I also loved the drawing, but actually his most recent ipad work was the most fascinating…. I’d also forgotten how amazing ‘A Bigger Splash’ is in real life!
I bought this book at the Tate because I’m very interested in artist sketchbooks.
The much anticipated annual visit to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, on Saturday, with my friend Charlotte. We didn’t go crazy buying lots of things this year, mainly because we have so much from previous shows we haven’t used yet… but there was still a lot to take in. The exhibition by textile artist Sue Stone was a stand out. I wish I’d gone back and had a second look now because I’ve been thinking about it a lot since – the textures of the work and the humour.
Lovely trip to beautiful Rye yesterday, with friends and family – purchased indigo paisley block printed cotton from Merchant & Mills (to make a nightie I think) and visited the Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition at Rye Community Centre – where I bought these cards.. this is a peek inside my shopping bag.
Had great fun helping Fran at Nipper Skipper set up her marquee at The Royal Norfolk Show, over the last couple of days, and very proud of my (Nipper Skipper) Pip t shirts in the range.
James and I went to the Alexander Calder exhibition at the Tate this afternoon. It was really beautiful – I’ve never seen his work ‘in real’ life before – I like the construction of them the thick wire, painted wooden balls and metal plates, you can see the grain in the wood and the tacks etc. It’s on until 3rd April 2016.
My annual outing to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, with my trusty K&S companion Charlotte – whose exceptional taste and style ensure that I spend too much money but have a lot of fun doing it. Stuff for Christmas present making, socks, scarf, jewellery, handkerchiefs, lavender bags…
Sonia Delaunay was one of the first artists to really inspire me as an artist and designer when I was a young teenager. So it was pretty amazing to see her work ‘in real life’ and such a variety of her interests and outlets on show – painting, textiles, fashion, graphic design etc. Most of all though it’s the use of colour and shapes that still inspire.
Sonia Delaunay – Tate Modern London. until 9th August 2015
Spent a great day with Fran from Nipper Skipper meeting suppliers and meeting new ones, for technical childrens outerwear, base layers, hoodies , tee shirts etc. Several new companies we hadn’t seen there before – as ever Danish companies are always the most exciting!