Blog: Exhibitions

Fine Cell Work London Show

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It is perhaps bizarre to think that in prison across Britain there are male inmates passing a great deal of their stay stitching quilts, cushions, bags and gifts, but it is true and it is a fantastic endeavour. Thanks to the unique and brilliant Fine Cell Work, this social enterprise that teaches inmates needlework skills and techniques… Read more »

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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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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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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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Get ready to ride! Forza Tappeti: The Rug Revolution 2013

Go on. Lean deep into the hairpin curve. Forza Tappeti Rug Revolution 2013 at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile, Milan will be an exhilarating ride. Celebrating its second successive year at the Salone, Forza Tappeti is a COVER magazine exhibition presenting the best in contemporary hand made design carpets. COVER are delighted to present Forza… Read more »

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Carpetalogue exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers: final fortnight & special late night invitation

The portmanteau word “carpetalogue” is the delightful moniker created to describe the ‘pages’ – i.e. carpets – in the current exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers, London. Celebrating art and design studio M/M (Paris), the singular exhibition title is interpreted by your scribe as a witty contemporary update of the traditional festschrift – a volume of… Read more »

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COVER stand at Decorex 2012 enhanced by JD Staron’s Reverie tapestry

Yesterday was the first day of Decorex, and the rain held off long enough to allow us exhibitors to stroll the promenade of the Royal Chelsea Hospital, amble up a grand allée of trees, and ultimately enter the grand “tent”. The COVER stand is adorned with a gorgeous tapestry titled Reverie by JD Staron. Your… Read more »

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Etching for a Goya tapestry on display at The British Museum

While the design mafia flocked to the myriad events allied to the opening of the London Design Festival, your scribe spent a blissful morning yesterday at the British Museum press preview of the exhibition “Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain,” after which she admired the 5th c BC Motya Charioteer, on loan from… Read more »

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