Cultural Snippets

Today was grey but great.  I re-discovered a lot of things… not least my love for the Fortnum and Mason’s clock.F&MAnd F&M in general actually.  I had completely forgotten the giant knife, fork and spoon above each window or that fact they are next door to the fantastically discreet Bafta offices, with their fabulously glamourous gold writing.  Sterling Ruby1I also re-acquainted myself with the galleries around Piccadilly, going to see Hauser & Wirth’s Sterling Ruby exhibition on Savile Row.  I was particularly taken with the fabric collages, made up of scraps that were then sewn and bleached onto denim.  I liked the layers and different textures and colours – the strong black and white background with this crazy splatter and the bright strips on top.  The cardboard collages were also wonderful.
2Cut and pasteThey were all huge, over three metres tall, and that made them feel very industrial and almost aggressive which I love.  Despite that they seemed like a big fun dose of POP.Urethane There were also several large poured urethane sculptures that I didn’t like so much… mainly because of the texture I think and also because I can’t imagine living with them.  After work I went to the Southbank Centre to hear a talk on The Power of Craft, given as part of the Alchemy season – a festival celebrating the culture of South Asia.Textile flags The entrance hall had these huge fabric flags made great waves across the ceiling.  There was also a little corner dedicated to The Festival of Britain where I saw the embroidery below.  I think it’s great.Festival of Britain

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