Friday, 16 September 2011

A day in London

This is the second time I have written this blog as I was unable to post my first attempt. I think it was because I used a pound sign  - I won't do that again.

Well it would have been silly not to have taken advantage of such a good offer wouldn't it? A return rail  ticket to London that only cost two pounds is too good to be true especially as it would normally be around thirty five pounds! So off to London we went and had a super day visiting the Mall Galleries and the V&A museum.
There were two very good exhibitions on here www.mallgalleries.org.uk The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition was staged in the main galleries. This was like a very good quilt exhibition where there is something for everyone to enjoy. The other was a retrospective exhibition of work by Max Lowry who sadly died suddenly last year at the age of 34. This was a big, bold exhibition of energetic work which was both thought provoking and amusing.
After lunch we walked through St James's Park to catch a tube to South Kensington and it was at this particular time that the heavens opened but it was good to see that all of the pigeon population are not centred around my back garden!
There was a fascinating exhibition at the V&A until 2nd January 2012 called Power of Making. This consists of examples of all manner of items from  3D animation and printing, dry stone walling,  a woven coffin, false eyes, a quilt made from film strips, a bicycle made entirely from wood and glue, extraordinary sugar craft, a dress made from pins and my particular favourite, a larger than life sized gorilla made from wire coat hangers! This is an amazing exhibition which highlights both traditional and contemporary techniques and demonstrates how problems have been solved and ideas explored through making.www.vam.ac.uk/whatson
Not only does the V&A have the most wonderful collections and exhibitions but I think the building is also worth studying. We are very lucky to have museums such as this.
Speak to you soon
Edwina

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