Blog: March 2017

Outsider Art exhibition in London features textile artists

Yumiko Kawai, Circles, 2009, wool, acrylic yarns, cotton. Social Welfare Corporation Yamanami Atelier

The conceptual underpinnings of Outsider Art are problematic. Who’s “in” and who’s “out” is just one of the questions no one has adequately defined. Your scribe is puzzling this conunudrum for multiple publications, so will say no more for now other that to present textile works from Wellcome Trust’s Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan on… Read more »

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Vive la révolution! (Forza Tappeti rug revolution that is)

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Just weeks to wait until the Salone Internazionale del Mobile welcomes the world to the annual design exposition. Spread across the city but centred in the Brera district, one of the focal points is La Pelota where the UK’s designjunction will present EDIT. Rather like the anticipation created by a nested set of Russian Matryoshka… Read more »

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Cat mug and Louisville Slugger: it’s COVER clean up day

Left hand: Everything Tastes Better with Cat Hair In It coffee mug. Right hand: Pro-Stock Lite Louisville Slugger. Soundscape: Mary Anne Hobbs. Your scribe is ready to open the vault door of the COVER blog archive and flip on the squirrel cage lightbulb. Unauthorised link bait and spam jink like cockroaches. Your scribe is on… Read more »

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Textiles, Wearable textiles
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Mad Men madras? Meet Osborne & Little’s pink & yellow Trapani

First day of Spring 2013 is achieved, and now it’s almost time for sum, sum, summertime. Blazing glory is three months distant for northern climes, and yes London’s sufferance of summer gloom will likely continue, but nevertheless your scribe is thinking summer madras and madness. Fans of the American television series Mad Men will remember… Read more »

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Fashion, Interiors, Textiles
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Christopher Farr brings Bauhaus and a mythical maze to Forza Tappeti

Woven in linen and cotton Red Meander was designed by Anni Albers, famed alumnus of the Bauhaus in Germany and founding faculty member at the legendary Black Mountain College in North Carolina. It was she who can be credited with developing and disseminating a revolution in 20th century contemporary textile design and production. But is… Read more »

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Bauhaus legacy: Ulf Moritz designs for Sahco

Twelve years before Ulf Moritz was born there was a celebratory summer knees-up at the Bauhaus in Dessau. Georg Muche, Master and Head of Weaving was leaving for a post in Berin, and he and his wife El were guests of honour at a party held in their soon-to-be former home designed by Walter Gropius… Read more »

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Ring, ring, ring. FilzFelt? It’s Facebook.

Baby it’s cold outside. Named after the Roman god of war, the month of March made its namesake proud this week with an unexpected catapult of siege snow across southern Britain. But icy temperatures aren’t just for outside. If you work at Facebook HQ it’s “wintry” inside too. FB’s founding father keeps the office thermostat… Read more »

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Balcony airing racks in 16th century Goa

Yesterday’s highway led to the press preview for the V&A exhibition Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars, but hours later the byway landed your scribe in Goa. Googling for information on English traders, your scribe chanced across a print from Jan Huygen van Linschoten’s Itinerario (1596) detailing his stay (1583-1588)… Read more »

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The pop! of modern African textiles meets Roy Lichtenstein

Over the river, and through the woods, but your scribe isn’t going to grandma’s house. A visit to the British Museum’s African Textiles Today requires perseverance to cross multiple galleries, wend through crowds, until Gallery 90 is reached by fleet feet up four flights. Don’t be flummoxed by In Search of Classical Greece, cross through… Read more »

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A seamstress, her thimble and two graffiti artists

Better to seek forgiveness than ask permission is a useful guiding principle for those who have a cunning plan but problematic superiors. Seeking forgiveness isn’t just for usual suspect rogue operators. Ramón Mor, padre at L’Hospitalet de Llobregat near Barcelona, had a cunning plan early last year to paint a wall at his church. Artist… Read more »

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