Hand Me Over Hand Me Downs

Yesterday Laurel and I went to the Museum of Childhood principally to see the Jacqueline Wilson Exhibition. We’ve both read her autobiography so there wasn’t much new to learn really, but the original Nick Sharratt drawings are beautiful and I was struck by how small they are.

We were very taken with the Hand Me Over Hand Me Downs exhibition by artist Annabel Stockman (Laurel took lots of photos for her sketchbook). Photographs of clothing and items which came with babies adopted from China. Fabulous mixture of contemporary and traditional clothing, some of it adapted with hand sewing by the orphanage staff, and personal items like spoons or bags of Chinese soil. It was quite moving of course but also very nicely displayed and very inspiring design-wise too.