As some of you are Quilters, l thought you may find the next item interesting. It is called "Quilts in Women's Lives 11"and was created by an American artist called Sabrina Gschwantner in 2009. This was "made" by using celluloid film, either her own or early feminist documentaries on textile crafts. She then bleaches, paints, scratches, dyes and finally uses polyamide and/or cotton thread to sew it all together. I can tell you that it really did look like a fabric quilt..amazing.
The item in front of this Quilt made me smile. A thong made from hand-made, Polish lace... interesting! When l looked at it at first, l thought it was crochet, it didn't look fine enough to be lace. It appears the skilled lacemakers of the Koniakow Co-operative in Poland needed to extend their area of work for several reasons. For instance, they used to serve many church clients, including Pope John 11. Unfortunately, this type of work had started to slow down and so the ladies decided to change from making altar cloths to underwear! They are making money again and managing to keep the craft alive at the same time. Enterprising women indeed... religious items to woman's underwear!!!
The little bit of a sparkley flag you can see on the right of this image is a Hatitian, Vodoo Flag. Traditionally, they were created and used by the men, now they are created and used by both men and women. This flag was created by a woman called Myrlande Constant but they do not know when she made it. Myrlande learned beading and the other techniques from her mother and then trained other makers.
I just love this next image, "A Snowflake Address Card" created in 2009 by the Heatherwisk Studio in the UK. They got the idea from children folding, cutting and creating paper snowflakes. The team made each of the 350 unique designs by cutting away the empty spaces around, within and between the letters of the address. They first hand wrote each address, used computor - aided designs and then laser cutting and folding!! A beautiful piece of art in it's own right. To me, it also looks as though it is something written in Arabic!
Old fashioned cross stitch meets the eletronic age. "QR U"? is the name of this beaded dress and necklace. This outifit was designed by Thorunn Arndotlir and was inspired by African masks that were decorated in symbols used to communicate identities. She used Swarovski crystals into which QR (quick response) codes were patterned. You can use a smart phone to "read" the dress, which was designed for the Icelandic pop star Kali, this links to her online persona. The necklace leads you to the designer's website. If you zoom in onto the beads, your smart phone will pick it up (provided you have the free App "Scan") Tony tried it and it works! I really wish l could understand all this new technology!!!!
Believe it or not, the image of the baby is a cake... l kid you not! It is called, strangely, "Sculptured Baby Cake". The British artist Michelle Wibowo makes hyper-realistic cakes! All she does is bake it, then she sculpts it using marzipan, then she paints it using coloured icing. Simple isn't it?!
There were many other items in the Exhibition l couldn't get an image of. For example, the fantastic dress called "Widow". It took the British artist, Susie MacMurry 7 full weeeks to pin each of the 100,000 dressmaker's pins into the leather, made from a base of Black Napper Leather. Just imagine how heavy it must be.
Quote from the article's notes: "The dress is a psychological portrait of a widow. The dress is both inviting sexually and literaly stand-offish." It looks magnificent, shimmers in the light and is beautiful to look at.
Another item that caught my attention was a pair of shoes designed by Alexander McQueen in 2009 and worn by the model Naomi Campbell. Do you remember?... she fell off them while on the catwalk? They were inspired by the shape of a ballet dancer's foot when performing 'en pointe'. Do you know how many individual people contributed to the making of this shoe? .........100! No wonder his shoes are so expensive. I have drawn a quick sketch of what they looked like. They are made from python skin and are called "Armadillo" shoes.
There was quite a bit more to see. It was well worth going to visit before it closes tomorrow on the 2nd Jan 2012.
What better way to end an Exhibition tour than to see loads of Siver Disco balls and they were for sale too!
To end on a Christmasy note, across from the V&A is the Natural History Museum and their Ice Rink. Every trees has thousands of little white lights shinning away into the night, making the area look very magical and beautiful.