The Victoria and Albert Museum. What do you think of when you see those words? I think of a huge place, full of just about everything. Everything and more everything. This was going to be fun…
Going into the museum I was determined to spend the time I had looking at textiles and specifically textiles from the 15 – 17th centuries. I asked a gentleman at the information desk where to go and moments later I was on my way to a wonderful few hours soaking up inspiration from the past.
As I wandered around I took photo after photo. I was like this golden ballerina – lost in the clouds. These photos will provide me with inspiration and ideas for a long time. I’ve uploaded the photos for you to enjoy so you can have a similar experience to me and get lost in the images of embroidery from the past.
Today, once again, it proved that sometimes what happens is better than what you expected.
This morning I got up to go to the Queen’s Gallery for the “In fine Style” exhibition. I was looking forward to seeing painted and embroidered pieces. I was really looking forward to photographing the embroidered pieces both for future reference and inspiration and for all of you to enjoy.
I picked up my ticket and then had some time to wait until the gallery opened at 10 am. I wandered around the shop and the small waiting area. It was obvious from every detail that this was the Queen’s Gallery – not just any gallery. Everything was first class, expensive and perfect. The uniforms of the assistants in the shop are of lightweight worsted wool. Mid length skirts and navy vests over a pale blue and white striped dress shirts. There wasn’t a spot of dust on the shelves or the merchandise. The signs on the toilet doors were solid brass and the benches outside had the coat of arms on them. The floors and counters in the toilets were marble. Whew!
All visitors to the exhibition must go through airport type security. The Queen’s collection is vast and valuable so security is important.
What a crush of people! Coming into the William Morris Gallery we were confronted by many, many people who’d come to celebrate the opening of the show “The Art of Embroidery: Nicola Jarvis and May Morris” and celebrate they should.
The show is fabulous. Her work, ranging from pencil drawings, painting, stitched pieces, a quilt, notes and sketches of her process all reflect her unique perspective on the work of May Morris.
As is typical of the Arts and Crafts movement, nature is the theme, with a special focus on birds and plants.
In addition to the Acorn pillow there were stitched pieces of birds, flowers and leaves.