Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Power of Making

I went to the V&A for the first time just over a week ago to see the Power of Making, which is on until 2nd January.

The exhibition puts both contemporary and traditional crafts in the spotlight, demonstrating how Making remains relevant in the present and explaining how the techniques on display fall into one of three different groups; Adding materials (embroidery, painting), Subtracting materials (engraving, carving) and Transforming materials (glassblowing, baking).

There were so many favourite items it’s hard to choose highlights. The content was perfectly arranged and Jonathan and I spent a decent couple of hours exploring the space, learning about a variety of different techniques and items created by skilled craftspeople. In the first instance, I was drawn to the traditional crafty items; the knitted wallpaper, the crochetdermy bear, the Prisoner of War cross stitch samplers. But I found many new ideas I never thought would’ve appealed to me: the decorative funeral caskets and the 3D printers enabling children to turn their 2 dimensional sketch of a building into a tangible plastic toy. Fascinating.

Please go and see the exhibition. We’re so lucky to be gifted an insight into how these experts use their skills to solve problems and change the way we live our lives, and the Guest Curator, Daniel Charny drives home the importance of making by reminding us that “The knowledge of how to make is one of humanity’s most precious resources”.

On that note, I'll leave you with the V&A's own picture of the very frightening crochetdermy bear. Brilliant.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Monday, 21 November 2011

MADE Brighton

Beautiful things spotted at MADE Brighton.
Clockwise from top right:
1. Necklace by Shere Design 2. Cushion by Polly's Textiles 3. Book by Betty Pepper 4. Knitted chair cover by Rose Sharp Jones

And adorable ceramics by Porte Bonheur de Wollie

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


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Monday, 7 November 2011

Flower arranging

Lovely flowers everywhere, including on Young Apprentice this evening. I watched longingly as the contestants got to spend 2 days arranging bouquets. Hmmph.

Thinking of flowers, I looked up some photos I took back when it was just starting to turn cold.

Plants and pots at Nicci's house...




Thursday, 3 November 2011


Sorry for being a lazy blogger recently, but I'm hoping to keep you sweet with a pretty image from oh hello friend.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Sarah Raven Catalogue

The Sarah Raven Christmas Catalogue has just arrived, I was flicking through it, looking for some bulbs to plant for spring, but got stuck on this cosy looking image.