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180415 – Simultanism – Tate Modern London

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Tate Modern Sonia Delaunay exhibition. Simultanism, colour contrast and pattern in fashion. textiles and art. The confidence and exploration of the decadent 1920’s are here exemplified. The moving patterns displayed on continuous loop could well be a Vivienne Westward squiggle print window coming soon.


180415 – The Image As Burden – Tate Modern London

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Marlene Dumas exhibition, The Image as Burden is a haunting exhibition somewhat disturbed and invasive, it reaches in and takes a part of you away


160415 – Party – Milan, Italy

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I’m in Milan for a few days 15-170415 for the Furniture Fair. It’s always good to re-visit Milan a city where design and craft come together in every object. Everything is displayed to perfection, stacked Louis Vuitton stools, a Neo-Rococo rocking horse, chandelier leather samples or swinging rope chairs hanging below an ornate ceiling. There was even a little time to view the architecture of Sante Maria Della Grazie and have brunch at Pasticceria Marchesi. We have an in store party tonight and it will be packed. The event management side of my work has continued to increase.


110415 – Wanderland – Saatchi Gallery, London.

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Today we are at Wanderland, the Hermes exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. A strange fantasy themed world of flaneurs, choreographed sets, that provides some unusual surprises along with exquisite Hermes craftsmanship. En route to the show we pass a piece of chrome sheeting covered in rain turning its reflection into an Impressionist painting. Useful but when?


300315 – Opera - Wigmore Hall, London.

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Operetta, with Joanna Marie Skillett.

A living poster outside the V&A, poorly executed but the idea has plenty of potential.


180315 – Paul Klee – Glasgow, Scotland

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In a Glasgow gallery two puppets hanging on a gallery wall remind me of the puppets that Paul Klee made for his son.


140315 – McGenius v1 – V&A, London

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Even as a member of the V&A I had to book this visit months ago and I have been looking forward to it ever since. That day has arrived and I am at the Alexander McQueen exhibition. Where do I start and how do I quantify what I have just seen without gushing lyrical about one of the most intensely emotional experiences of my life. To describe this work as fantastic, incredible, perfection, sublime does it no justice. I walk from room to room with tears streaming down my face, so much talent and such a waste. 110210 will forever be remembered as one of the saddest days of my life. Every room is without fault and the sequence and collation of each room perfect. My husband burst into tears three time just watching the Kate Moss ‘peppers ghost’ appear from a cloud, float and fade into fire flies. Claire Wilcox, Sam Gainsbury, Anna Whiting, Daniel Landin have done an amazing job for this show. Recommended as a ‘must not be missed’. I will be going again.


280215 – Forensics – Welcome Gallery, London

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We are at an exhibition explaining the use of forensics to solve crimes. There are cabinets not unlike the work of Joseph Cornell. There are collections of specimens in jars, almanacs, inventories, classifications, and bibliographies, all are techniques used to display and make the unclear apparent.


190215 - Textures - Tokyo, Japan.

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Research project 3. How does one live in a true collage city where the ancient sits cheek by jowl next to the avant-garde, where a two storey bamboo hut sits next to a thirty storey glass sky scraper. Where history is constantly repackaged and re-themed to sell food or soap or love by the hour. The graphic novel and cinema-space become just as real as the high street. Virtual and real become indistinguishable further augmented by characters wrapped in fluorescent crinoline, carrying heart shaped bags and wearing rabbit ears. So mad I love this fiction. Was the Samurai in the noodle shop real?


180215 - Characters - Tokyo, Japan.

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Research project 2. From Graphics - Enclosure is defined by graphics and each graphic is a symbol of something else or somewhere else. Nowhere is this more so than in the street fashions of Tokyo. Manga and Harajuku characters live animated lives in real time Tokyo. The difference between virtual and real is impacted as film space and the animated cartoon occupies the streets. They become their own augmentation superimposed onto the texture of the ultimate collage City. See Tokyo Textures.


170215 - Graphics - Tokyo, Japan.

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I have three research projects I want to undertake whilst in Tokyo the first is graphics. To be immersed in the saturation of neon while I walk the Pulp Fiction reflections of cartoons, dragons and calligraphic re-inventions. Space here is defined by symbol, it permeates every pocket of the urban infrastructure. It covers the vending machines, the road-works, the schools, every building’s façade and the packet I hold in my hand. Enclosure is defined by graphics and each graphic is a symbol of something else or somewhere else. See Tokyo Characters.


160215 – Airport – Tokyo, Japan

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My work brings me to Japan for five days 16-210215 to travel round the country viewing the shops under my supervision. Hopefully I will have some time to soak up the culture and collect ideas. Everything Japanese is so beautifully packaged and presented. How about this for an airport meal? 


070215 – CSM Summer Show - Kings Cross London.

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Mannequins in a fashion studio window at Central St Martins.


310115 – Fashion Through Paintings – National Portrait Gallery, London

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This morning I am at the National Portrait Gallery looking at fashion through paintings and collecting details for my scrapbook.


290115 – Wigs And Powder – Maston’s, London

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Theatre wigs from the Ray Maston Wig Studio, Charlotte St London. Research for a future window inspired by French 18th Century styles, VWSS15.


040115 – Schiele – Courtauld Gallery, London

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Yes, we all need to put down the computer and the cameras and start drawing again.


271214 – Relax – Buxted Park Hotel

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Now for some time out over the Christmas Break at Buxted Park Hotel in the middle of Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. The Orangery is a favourite spatial type.


131214 – Germany – British Museum, London

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Germany, Memories Of A Nation expressed through 600 years of made and engineered objects.


121214 – Bricolage - Holloway, London

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Roaming the Antique shops in Holloway looking for props.


061214 – Ming – British Museum, London

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Textures, patterns, form, craftsmanship, perfection are all sadly lost skills in the electronic age.