Some evenings, as I exhaustedly gaze out the DLR windows after a day designing the whatever latest report/presentation/brochure/catalogue they have me doing (for a digital consultancy, I sure do alot of print work!) I wonder if this "working holiday" is more far too much work and not enough holidaying. So whilst I'm not able to make it off to some fabulous european destination every weekend, I do try and make a point of seeing something new on the weekends when I'm not doing glamorous things like... you know... laundry and grocery shopping!
The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) was one on my London to-do-list for when I first arrived, but somehow I never got the chance to visit. As it is focused on both art and design, I knew it would be right up my alley! I found myself immediately entranced as I stepped through the front doors, stopping dead in my tracks to look up and gaze at the amazing light installation by Canadian light designers Bocci. And the amazement continued as I wandered from room to room - sculpture to painting, pottery to garments, furniture and jewellery arnd more.
I have to say, that it was the details that caught my eye this visit. Maybe as a result of some recent projects I've been working on at work, I've become quite interested in the beautiful patterns of art and design from the Middle East, and the museum had some wonderful collections showcasing the intricacy and craft that goes into it. Also, the beautiful embroidery work from Japan and Korea made me wish I had spent more time in museums on my previous trips there. (Guess I'll have to go back? Seems like a recurring theme...)
There was also a really interesting exhibition on fashion through the ages, some of the pieces were so incredibly well made and beautiful - the beadwork and sewing must have been so painstakingly worked upon but the pieces are works of art in their own right. Even the modern pieces, like the one by Dries Van Noten - the mix of patterns and textures were totally inspiring.
I barely scratched the surface of the museum this visit, there was still at least 2 more floors to visit and the cafe and restaurant were quite beautiful themselves - I must make a point to return!
So where to next - where else in London should I discover? I'm taking requests ; )