Earlier this week I went to ‘Top Drawer’ & ‘Home’ at Earls Court. Both shows were
fantastic and I saw so many incredible products and companies. There were
amazing products and ranges from Magpie, Mini Moderns, Maileg, Wild & Wolf,
Jessica Hogarth and many more.
Autumn/Winter 15-17 Sep 2013
Spring/Summer 12-14 Jan 2014
I took these photographs on a cold winter afternoon by Somerset House.
I really need to dig out my proper cameras and go exploring.
(Taken with Instagram)
Selvedge Winter Fair
I am going to head to the Selvedge Winter fair tomorrow to have a look at all of the creative things on offer.
This beautiful poster was designed by the talented Alice Pattullo.
London Transport Museum
A great selection of vintage train and underground posters available online at
the transport museum shop. These are great reproductions available in a
number of sizes, these are my favourite ones by far!
In conversation with Pat Albeck at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in
London was FANTASTIC. She is such a remarkable lady and a design
inspiration, I enjoyed every minute of the lecture from the front row. It was
a fascinating lecture and I learnt so much about life, her artistic
development and her colourful career.
I would highly recommend a visit to any of the events put on by the FTM it
is such a brilliant resource.
Atsuko Kudo gown worn by Georgia Frost with dresses by Hardy Amies and
Worth of London. Lent by the designer. Carlos Jimenez, © V&A, 2011.
19 May 2012 - 6 January 2013
Admission charges will apply
‘From spring 2012 the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers. Displayed over two floors, Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will feature more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights.
The exhibition will cover over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish. Eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, will be on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.’
Info from the V&A Website.
This looks like an incredible exhibition, I cant wait to go and see it later this month.
I have just booked myself in for one these fantastic lectures coming up
at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London later this month. I am
headed to ‘In Conversation with… Pat Albeck’.
For anyone else that is interested there are three lectures in the
Designing Heroines series:
In Conversation with… Pat Albeck
Thursday 17 May, 6.30-8pm
In Conversation with… Mary Katrantzou
Thursday 24 May, 6.30-8pm
In Conversation with… Zandra Rhodes
Thursday 31 May, 6.30-8pm
Designed by Debbie Powell for M&S.
In a previous post I featured another biscuit tin from Marks and Spencers, they
have recently released three different limited edition tins by different artists to
celebrate the British summer and the Diamond Jubilee.
I love the use of texture and the composition of the different elements within
Debbie Powell’s crown design. The colours she has chosen work together very
well, I wish this was available as a screen print - I would love to frame it on my
The London tin (from my previous post) was designed by Phil Hankinson, the
two jubilee tins were designed by Debbie Powell and Kate Forrester.
I purchased this M&S tin last year by Kate Forrester to celebrate the royal
wedding - I seem to be getting quite a collection now!
The tin with the little dog on was also designed by Phil Hankinson for M&S.
Lucienne Day Calyx (1951)
I attended the ‘Designing Women’ exhibition at London’s Fashion and Textiles
Museum on Wednesday, it was excellent. Although quite a small exhibition
venue, the FTM has always put on some of the most interesting exhibits and
talks that I have come across since discovering it a few years ago.
Lucienne Day Apollo (Late 1950s)
“The art of textile design radically changed after World War II. Women artists
working in England in the 1950s were pivotal in this artistic revolution. The
drab days of the war were suddenly washed with the light of fresh,
Marian Mahler Mobiles (1952)
Lucienne Day Magnetic
The exhibition was very informative with fantastic lengths of original fabrics
and varying colourways, a must for any fifties fan! The exhibition was focused on
three main female designers: Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler
and three additional designers from the same period: Paule Vezelay, Mary Warren
and Mary White.
Mary White Cottage Garden
The above design (sorry about the poor quality, it was taken on my phone) is perhaps one of my favourites. I love the use of texture and the colour combinations in this particular design.
If anyone is in the area this great exhibition is on until 16 June 2012 at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey Street, London.
Marks & Spencers: British Summer
I popped in to M & S recently and came across these fantastic biscuit and chocolate tins in the food hall.
I love this retro revival that seems to be popping up in M & S and other stores over the last few years. These tins are only a small part of an entire ‘British Summer’ range to celebrate the Queens upcoming Diamond Jubilee and the start of summer.
I have recently learned that these designs for M&S are by talented designer Phil Hankinson, I hope to see more of his collaborations in the future.
Event: New Designers Part 1 2011
I exhibited as part of Leeds College of Art at the first week of New Designers at
the Business and Design Centre.
It was such a fantastic opportunity and I met lots of like minded individuals and
excellent designers across a huge range of disciplines.
Here is a quick snap shot of my display wall in the Leeds College of Art stand