Month: September 2015

A few more of our favourite things

Back again for part two of ‘Our Favourite Things’ from installation, today featuring:

DeepshikaDeepshikha Kalsi, Textile Conservator

Favourite object: Embroidered hunting coat

“It’s sheer magic in thread! It has such a painterly quality, like it’s been painted in detail by a master miniature artist and then embroidered with single thread in the most aesthetic and pleasing colours! The flora and fauna are so alive, the bees! The fireflies! The rabbits! The deer! The lions! The tigers! The ducks! The ripples in the pond! The swaying flowers! The shrubs! Can actually go on and on… it’s actually one of the wonders of the textile world!”

ManuelaManuela Scheurer, Textile Conservator

Favourite object:  Mirrorwork Dress

“I’ve always liked objects with mirrors on them. I don’t know why especially, but I think they’re really pretty. I like this one because they took traditional methods and made something new and modern. I would probably wear this.”


Shiya Zhuo, Textile Conservation Student

Favourite object: Group of indigo-dyed objects

“Indigo – a very reserved colour. The deep blue sets the pieces apart in the simplest manner. Love the minimal composed appearances!”





ScottScott Daniels, Momart Technician

Favourite object: Prosthor Pokshi  by Ajit Das

“It reminds me of Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, the modernist painters and sculptor. And the texture of the stones – I like how the artist achieved that.”






Stuart Brunton, Momart Technician

Favourite object: People Tree T-Shirt

“I like it because it’s modern but it sits well among all the traditional objects. And I like the random use of precision.”







Sor Lan Tan, Project Manger

Favourite object: Bollywood costume

“The sequins are very elegant – its detailing is beautiful. The whole thing is elegant and beautiful. Alaister [her son, pictured with her] saw this and said he wants to do fashion.”



Stephen Warrington, Technician

Favourite object: Embroidered shawl

“It’s my favourite because of the goats.”






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Here it is! The Netflix and Chill button. At the 2015 World Maker Fair, Netflix unveiled its prototype and DIY maker instructions for a physical button called “The Switch”. The Switch dims the lights, puts your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” on, can order you takeout automatically, and gets Netflix ready! It’s pretty much a real […]

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These are a few of our favourite things…

After years of planning, months of preparing, and weeks of installing, the last Fabric of India case has officially been closed . Two-hundred-odd objects were successfully installed over 14 straight days, by a team of dozens of people. Exhibition coordinators, contractors, technicians, textile conservators, designers, and curators all worked tirelessly to ensure everything came together in time. And now,  after two weeks of frenzy, the exhibition is ready and waiting for next weekend’s first visitors.

Having spent so much time with the exhibition’s objects, it was really only natural for us all to start picking favourites; objects we found excuses to visit again and again (is that another smudge on its glass?), and took extra delight in seeing mounted and lit in all their glory.

All this week, in recognition of the people who worked so hard to make The Fabric of India so beautiful, we’d like to share a few of our favourite things with you. Who knows, maybe one of them will end up being your favourite too?


Elizabeth-Anne Haldane,  Senior Textile Conservator

Favourite object: Embroidered child’s dress

“I have lots of favourite objects but I’ve chosen this little green dress with red embroidery because I love the vibrant colour combination, and if it was in my size I’d want to wear it!”




GittaGitta Gschwendtner, Exhibition Designer

Favourite object: Bundle of madder roots

“I love the ordered chaos of the twigs, and the fact that something so brown and ordinary-looking can produce such vivid colour.”


RachelRachel Lee, Assistant Conservator

Favourite object: Elephant patola

“It’s been a labour of love – a really challenging treatment. About 300 hours of conservation treatment has gone into conserving it, and many of those hours were spent underneath the table checking the alignment of the support fabric and that the stitching was on grain. But to see it now displayed, it feels like it was a life-saving treatment because it never could have gone on display without it. So seeing the elephants in their full glory makes it all worthwhile.”


Richard Ashbridge, Technical Services Team Manager

Favourite object: Tipu’s Tent

“It’s that real team effort and the real expertise of everyone pushing what’s possible to the limit. It’s a real sense of a achievement.”







Roisin Morris, Senior Textile Conservator

Favourite object: Wall hanging

“The shapes are simple, the colours bold and being surrounded by it just makes you smile.”




Rohit Kotecha, Gallery Attendant

Favourite object: Bollywood costume

“I like this type of costume because of the weddings I attend. It reminds me of my son’s wedding.”






MaritMarit van der Gevel, Graphic Designer

Favourite object: Shrine flag

“I like it because it is very expressive and therefore very different from most of the other objects that are more detailed. It’s a very nice contrast to the other objects in the exhibition.”





RossRoss Head, Exhibitions Assistant

Favourite object: Manish Arora ensemble

“I think it’s a masterpiece.”







SophieSophie Manhire, Technician

Favourite object: Poppy floorspread

“It was the first object I installed on my first day as a V&A technician!”



We’ll be revealing more of our favourite things every day until Saturday, when the doors finally swing open and you are free to come and pick your own favourites!




















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Crystal Universe: An Interactive Light Installation

Crystal Universe is an exhibition shown at the Pola Museum Annex in Tokyo, featuring over 60 000 LEDs. The installation artwork allows users to control it by a smartphone, flicking a visualisation from the menu into the 3D world of light. The vision is to evoke four elements: the earth, the air, the fire and […]

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Blue and White: Fashion

Blue and white has become one of the most popular colour combinations in history. This classic colour palette originated in Asian ceramics in the 9th century. These ceramics spread across Europe and influenced 16th century Delftware and the Willow pattern created by British manufacturers in the late 18th century. It was also during the 18th century that printed fabrics such as blue and white Toile de Jouy became popular.

The printing of blue and white fabric in the 18th century lead the way for fashion designers using blue and white as a prominent colour combination for years to come. Inspired by this serene colour combination designers such as Christian Dior and Valentino, as well as high street shops such as Dr Martens, have echoed 9th century Asian blue and white wares over and over again in their designs.

Toile de Jouy shoes by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, 1956.

Toile de Jouy shoes by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, 1956.

Grace Kelly, 1957.Natalia Vodianova christian dior 2012

Grace Kelly in Blue and White, 1957, inspired Christian Dior’s skirt worn below by Natalia Vodianova, 2013.

valentino 1968

Valentino, Autumn 1968.

Victorias Beckham in Roberto Cavalli 2005

Victoria Beckham wears a Roberto Cavalli dress with printed designs inspired by Chinese blue and white porcelain, 2005.


Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Spring/ Summer 2007, inspired by Toile de Jouy fabric.

A model presents a creation by British d

John Galliano for Christian Dior, S/S 2009 Haute Couture collection, Paris, photograph by Francois Guillot.


Lady Gaga wears a blue and white floral printed costume for her 2009 Brit Awards performance.

Guo Pei fall winter 2010-11

Guo Pei, 2010-2011, dress inspired by the blue and white Chinese ceramics.

Rodart Spring summer 2011-2Ready to wear Spring Summer 2011 Rodarte details New York September 2010


Rodarte, Spring/Summer 2011, dress and shoes from the Ready to wear collection.


Gianni pucci photo-mcqueen mosaic shoes

Alexander Mc Queen, 2011, Mosaic dresses and shoes designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander Mc Queen.

Valentino blue and white 2013

Valentino, 2013.


Giambattista Valli, Couture Fall collection, 2013, blue floral jacket dress.

Phillip Lim spring summer 2014 -2

Phillip Lim Spring summer 2014

Phillip Lim, 2014.

Dolce & Gabanna fall 2015

Dolce & Gabbana, 2015.

Dr Martens 2015

Dr Martens Willow Pattern Collection, 2015.

Li Xiaofeng 2006-2008 ming + qing dynasties fragments

Li Xiaofeng, 2006-8, Qing Dynasty fragment dress.

This is the end of the Blue and White: Fashion edition. Please come and see a selection of blue and white ceramics that inspired many of these designers in our Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics display, Gallery 146 on the 6th floor.

Also keep an eye out for more Blue and White art and design on the way soon!


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Digital Design Weekend 2015

The Digital Programmes’ big annual event as part of LDF is back and after months of planning and a few crazy weeks of preparations, we are looking forward to some exciting events this coming Saturday and Sunday.

Prototyping marathon, Digital Futures UKMX, Centro de Cultura Digital

Prototyping marathon, Digital Futures UKMX, Centro de Cultura Digital

This year’s theme and projects are focussing on citizen design, engagement and participation and it all started in Mexico!

Earlier this year, I had the great opportunity to join a team of brilliant people from across the UK and Mexico City. With the support of and in collaboration with the British Council, we started a very exciting journey connecting people across the Atlantic in a series of cultural exchanges, the Digital Futures UKMX, part of our monthly Digital Futures meetup that is an open platform for displaying and discussing work. Digital Futures UKMX took place as part of the Dual Year of UK and Mexico 2015; a year-long celebration of cultural, educational and business exchange between the two nations.

Digital Futures UKMX brought together communities in Mexico City and Dundee to explore, develop and co-design open collaborative tools and projects addressing issues such as the environment, climate, open data, waste, sustainability and more. Participants on both sides of the Atlantic joined with incredible enthusiasm to explore their cities in new ways and show how working collaboratively can influence, improve or change the civic design of our communities, cities, public space, the web and more.

Mexico City, Digital Futures UKMX walking tour starting point. Photo by Martin Skelly

Mexico City, Digital Futures UKMX walking tour starting point. Photo by Martin Skelly

Mexico and Dundee are not two cities that would be people’s natural first choice for a twinning exercise of this kind. However, when framed as an exploration of innovation coming from unexpected places, then inviting people from a huge city like Mexico City, with a population of 22 million, and Dundee, which has less than 150,000, starts to make more sense. To bring people together from these two very different cities was a great chance for thinking about common links and the challenges we face in both a megacity and a small one. What’s interesting is that since we’ve been exploring design across these two cities, we’re uncovering more and more unexpected connections; connections which are helping to form a deeper cultural exchange.

Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Centro de Cultura Digital, Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Social Tic,, Small Society Lab Dundee, Uniform and the Interaction Design Studio at Goldsmiths University of London were our great partners in this journey, and I am so glad that they could join us in London for the Digital Design Weekend to share the work we did in Mexico City and Dundee.

This weekend you can meet them at the V&A and hear all about our amazing journey and collaboration. But this is also a great chance to see many other brilliant projects and meet designers, artists, makers and collectives that explore and enable civic engagement.

RUSTY SCHWEICKART Apollo 9 Astronaut Chairman Emeritus B612 Foundation. Disaster Playground, Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio. Photo by Nick Ballon

Apollo 9 Astronaut Chairman Emeritus B612 Foundation. Disaster Playground, Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio. Photo by Nick Ballon

The weekend kicks off tomorrow, Friday night with a screening of techno-explorer and futurologist Nelly Ben Hayoun’s new film “Disaster Playground” (66min), which will open with a performance by the TradAcademy Sea Shanty Choir.  

Over the weekend we will be showcasing a huge programme of cutting edge, international projects, including: 

Every Mickey, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

Every Mickey, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

Every Object by Prix Ars Electronica winner Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, a mixed media installation that explores an infinite, digital, 3D V&A collection that may soon exist.

Circular Knitic, an open source replicable circular knitic machine produced with digital fabrication and maker’s tools.

If You Go Away, an interactive, cinematic game from Invisible Flock which will lead you on a story you can direct around the V&A and the surrounding area. 

Marginalia Machine, a drawing robot, Collidoscope, a musical microscope that allows you to zoom into sounds you’ve just recorded, and play and perform your sonic discoveries like an instrument, and Seven Seconds Ago, a live feed portal to wildlife at a watering hole in Africa.

Circular Knitic, Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet

Circular Knitic, Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet

There is also lots for young people and families to enjoy, including Young Rewired State Coding Challenge, a hack for young digital makers in partnership with the Met Office, and Family fun trails by Gamar, a mobile augmented reality app that allows families to follow clues, solve creative challenges and uncover hidden stories in our Paintings and Theatre and Performance Galleries.

And thanks to the valuable support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council we have an amazing publication designed by Uniform; a collection of writings from Digital Futures UKMX and a selection of projects displayed at the Digital Design Weekend this year.

The Digital Design Weekend is taking place at the V&A on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September, from 10.30 to 17.00.

Events are free and drop-in, but places for some are limited, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Most events are suitable for all ages.

For the full Digital Design Weekend programme click here.

Crafting our Digital Futures, part of V&A Digital Design Weekend. Supoorted by Arts and Humanities Research Council. Ed by Irini Papadimitriou, Andrew Prescott and Jon Rogers

Crafting our Digital Futures, part of V&A Digital Design Weekend. Supoorted by Arts and Humanities Research Council. Ed by Irini Papadimitriou, Andrew Prescott and Jon Rogers


Liam Byrne’s Ambrophonic Lyre

Yesterday our music resident Liam Byrne did a demo of the first prototype of his Ambrophonic Lyre in the Museum’s 20th century galleries.

liam demoliam demo talk






Combining elements of three historical instruments (lirone, baryton and viola da gamba), Liam’s ambrophonic lyre was made with 19 strings, two fretboards, components from an electric guitar and some simple robotics.

historic instrumentsprototype






The finished instrument will be built in cooperation with Rudabega studio.

Liam’s idea of building an electro-acoustic instrument for baroque music was born out of his collaborations with contemporary composers and his experience performing old music in non traditional classical music concert settings including electronic and folk music festivals.