A few weeks ago I visited textile artist Lelly Young, and her dog Minnie, in her fabulous studio-with-a-view! She had ordered a black Canvas No22 ‘Kite’ apron, so I took a walk down to Deptford to drop it off… and she was kind enough to let me take some pictures of her wearing it.
Lelly makes fantastical creatures with cloth, her clients include Osborne & Little and John Lewis. Some of her work is on her Twitter account – and her breathtaking photography of the natural world, most of it taken in SE London, is on Instagram.
Thought provoking visit to the Design Museum yesterday, the first time I’ve visited in it’s new location. It has a different feel to the old museum and is now free, the collection focusses harder on observations, challenges and practice of ‘good design’. I particularly liked the British road signage designed in the 1960’s. Plus there was a beautiful mini exhibition of alternative materials being developed to replace plastics eg seaweed (transparent disolvable film), bamboo, coconut, nettle…
Visited the annual Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace yesterday, the first time I’ve been on a weekday…it’s just as busy as a Saturday! Very noticeable this year how many more fabric stalls there were and also lots of small dressmaking pattern companies. There was more space given over to bookable workshops and also ‘artists-in-action’ demonstrations, but disappointed with this years textile art exhibtions. This year my Knitting & Stitching Show buddy wasn’t able to go – it’s no fun on your own, go with friends!
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.
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.