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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.


221114 – Desire– Royal Academy, London

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Allen Jones creations of idealised beauty. Objects of desire fixed in time, prisoners of a photographers blink. Dangerous and delicious in an Instant Whip kind of way.


151114 – Rolls Royce - Saatchi Gallery

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Rolls Royce craftsmanship at The Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea.


081114 – Rembrandt The Late Works– National Gallery

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Here 91 paintings and drawings by Rembrandt all at one show including some of his great masterpieces. Rembrandt a master of light and texture, paintings rich in character, show Flemish clothes of the seventeenth century.


021114 – The Smell of Oil, Smoke and Leather – London

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6am on a cold Sunday morning and I am in Hyde Park with the Edwardian engineers dressed in period costume some have arrived on their Penny Farthings.


251014 – The Body – Flowers Gallery

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A morning visit to the Flowers Gallery Cork St to see the Aleah Chapin solo show Maiden, Mother, Child and Crone. Figurative art is still sadly off trend so I am so glad that figurative artists of this calibre still practice.


111014 – Vintage – Museum Of London

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Vintage fashion at the Museum Of London researching among other things the Edwardian clothes of Janet Arnold’s Patterns Of Fashion: dresses and their construction 1860-1940 structure, fabric and lace. Clothes pictured were made by Madame Laferriere. Also included is an image of sixteenth century medieval shoes.


041014 – Brahms – St Martins In The Fields

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This evening we are watching a friend Marion Schirra in a German choir singing Brahms German Requiem by Candlelight in the nave of St Martins, a very moving experience.


260914 – 51 Porsche Coupe – Halsted

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Today I am collecting my 1951 Porsche coupe from Maxted Page and Prill in Halsted. The coupe has just completed a six-year restoration thanks to my husbands hard work. As Andy would say ‘as rare as hens teeth’ one of only three built in 511 Grey, possibly the only survivor.


200914 – Norman Foster – London

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Open day at the Norman Foster studio in SW11 and a chance to see the layout of the office and to admire the many models on display.


120914 – Overlay - Vienna

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I’ve flown in to Vienna from Milan to view the Vivienne Westwood shop. There wasn’t much time to see a lot outside of work, but I did get to see works by Olbrich, Hollein and Wagner. The Secessionist building in Vienna by Olbrich is a must see and is usually on every tourist to do list. The works of Otto Wagner are less well known. The buildings are stunning and the detailing could well be used as a useful typological reference today, as I’m sure Herzog and De Meuron fully appreciate.

Images left to right - 1-2 Olbrich, 3-6 Wagner, 7 Hollien.


080914 – Pattern Cutting – Matisse

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In 1941 Matisse was diagnosed with cancer and, following surgery, he found renewed and unexpected energies for creativity, producing works through paper cut outs.Vast in scale (though not always in size), lush and rigorous in colour, his cut outs are among the most admired and influential works of Matisse's entire career.

I am exploring the parallels between the paper cuts of Henri Matisse stencil work and the pattern cutting of fashion for possible window ideas.


060914 – Grey Tone- Horst, V&A, London

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Classic Couture from the 1930s photographed by Horst in delicate grey tone.