Monday, 10 March 2014

V&A Drawing Club

Throughout February I was honoured to run the V&A Drawing Club, and based my four sessions around the depiction of nature in the museum.  Each week I gave a lecture on works from the collection and then taught a drawing class - above are some of my favourite works that I researched: a jar from the Paris Exhibition (1878) and a tapestry from Flanders (ca. 1500).

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Intellect Quarterly

My paper Fear of Folk was featured on Intellect Quarterly this week.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Journal of Illustration

I was excited to receive my copies of the Journal of Illustration today, which is a new peer reviewed academic journal published by Intellect seeking to build a critical framework for illustration.  My paper 'Fear of Folk' is included, which examines the role of folk art and ritual in British design and popular culture as a horrific and subversive force.  References include: Barbara Jones, Enid Marx, Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci and The Wicker Man

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Culture / Nature Iceland

Three beautiful book covers from Reykjavik flea market and three complimentary textures from the Icelandic landscape.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Creating the Future - Sackler Conference 2013

I was asked to lead a workshop as part of the 2013 Sackler Conference - a biannual conference focusing on museum and art and design education - which this year examined two questions: what does the future of design look like? And what skills and knowledge do people need to shape it?  Speakers included Beatrice Galilee, Teal Triggs and Sir John Sorrell.

Fascinated by the combination of newly exotic materials such as coconuts, shells and pineapples with traditional silver and metal working skills in V&A objects from sixteenth to eighteenth century Europe, these strange and brilliant objects led me to develop a workshop about mixing technologies.  Participants were required to repatriate the Silver Galleries using these old 'new' materials and record this in the form of GIF, which for me occupy the same cultural territory that these objects once did - we are in the thrall of them and in a process of experimenting with their function in design, but don't quite know what purpose they best serve yet.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Trail of Destruction - Victoria & Albert Museum

I researched, wrote and designed this museum trail for the V&A's Friday Late 'Destruction' event last week.  The trail follows a history of destruction throughout the museum, where the building and its objects have been subject to vandalism, subversive uses and also rescued from devastation before and during their time at the V&A.  The trail guide took the form of a limited edition risograph print in neon pink / green and gold / blue, and eight information points around the museum. Trail printed by Bolt Editions.

Friday, 13 September 2013

London Design Festival / St Mungo's project

The culmination of a project I worked on this year with the charity St Mungo's and the V&A museum has a display on view as part of London Design Festival.  The display is in the British Galleries of the V&A and is centred around Enzo Mari's Sedia 1 chair from his 1974 manual Autoprogettazione.