Sculpture in the Home // Pangolin London

On Friday Amy and I went to the preview of Sculpture in the Home courtesy of The Guardian.

It’s a dynamic exhibition celebrating not only beautiful British sculptures but also interior design by Amelia Mcneil, textiles and architecture. We were lucky enough to have a talk by the curator Polly Bielecka, where she told us how the exhibition had been given a modern makeover from its original post war state. It was amazing to hear all the ‘behind the scenes’ details. When you initially walk into the exhibition the first thing that hits you is its harmonious appearance, with each different medium of artwork complimenting the next. Listening to Polly delve into the secrets of curating really puts things into perspective especially with regards to just how much thought goes into creating such unity, giving a whole new level to the exhibition experience.

So if you can get yourself down to Pangolin London, you won’t be disappointed. The exhibition features works from Barbara Hepworth, Sanderson, Robert Day, Geoffrey Clarke and many more. And if you can’t, well here’s a few pics…

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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith…

This weekend some friends and I took a look around Paul Smith’s first ever shop, watched one of his catwalks, viewed his shops from around the world and took a look into his personal collection of artwork…

How did we do it? Well I’ll let you into a not so secret, secret. You can do it too! All you need is a ticket to the Design Museum, London.

“The Design Museum takes you into the world of fashion designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty”.

Entering the exhibition through a replica of Paul Smith’s first ever shop, the exhibition takes you on a journey through the inner workings of his mind: his influences, his personal work spaces, his hobbies and so forth . What’s more though, is that you not only learn about what influences the great man himself, but you too go away with a desire to create and unleash your inner designer…

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An introduction to Fashitecture

Love Architecture festival is designed to show what architecture is, does, and also the effect it has on our everyday lives. Through educational, interactive and fun activities such as constructing iconic buildings out of Lego (!)..sorry I’m getting all excited and digressing. The festival emphasises the importance of this long standing profession and shows just how important it is to each and everyone of us.

As a classics grad, I know that long after the people have gone it’s the items that are left in which we define the civilisations that came before. The built environment is possibly the most lasting and real impression we have. We judge them on the buildings they designed, the city landscapes they produced- it’s no coincidence that the most talked about societies are those with the most impressive architectural array. Think of the Egyptians and what pops into your head…yep the pyramids. What about the Victorians, or the Georgians, or the Ancient Greeks and Romans?

Current government policies and initiatives are not encouraging real investment in the built environment, or insisting that the contribution and quality of today is as meaningful as the past.  This would be a great shame to our heritage, for years to come, and for our future legacy.  If you want to see the architects of the future, go and have a look at the graduation shows at the schools of architecture – most of them are on show just now.

As Love Architecture week is all about reaching out to people, I have decided to use this opportunity to bring architecture and fashion together. Being the daughter of an architect and an urbanist I was born with a love for good design. I have often thought there was a strong connection between fashion and architecture and wondered how these ‘masters of design’ design themselves through the clothes they wear. These next few Fashitecture posts will answer such questions and more.

I am starting at the opening event in York this friday…now what do I wear?!

(For events in your area click on the Love architecture icon on the right of the home page)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Emma England (regional director for the RIBA Yorkshire) for her help and support with this.

NTU Graduate Fashion Show: Fashion Design // Part 3

Today, once again, I am off to London to see the boy and as his laptop is as temperamental as teenager, it means that the next installment of NTU Graduate Fashion will have to wait till next week. But it’ll be worth the wait as I will be showing you what the Fashion Product students had to offer.

I thought I’d end off this week with an few photographs from the lookbook, and let you make up your own minds.

I’d love to know what you think….

Lewis Heath (photography: J Pearson & A Dixon)

Lewis Heath (photography: J Pearson & A Dixon)

Geri Li (photography: J Pearson and A Dixon)

Geri Li (photography: J Pearson & A Dixon)

A (side view) close up on the dress

A (side view) close up on the dress

Chang Zou (photography: S Ksiadz & M Ashefi)

Chang Zou (photography: S Ksiadz & M Ashefi)