First I went to see the Lost in Lace exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries. Oh, it was wonderful to see so many large pieces displayed in such a big airy space. I recommend absolutely everyone to go and see it if you possibly can; I'm hoping to go again.
|Cosmos Series by Naomi Kobayashi 2011|
For many of the pieces the shadows seemed to me to be an integral part.
The Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries is a rather lovely place too; upstairs from Lost in Lace were pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard, beautifully detailed pieces of Anglo-Saxon gold work. And a very nice restaurant too.
A couple of days after that I was fortunate to be able to attend a workshop and talk given by textile artist Matthew Harris. The talk was a fascinating insight into his inspiration and way of working and it was lovely to see pieces of his work 'in the flesh' too. Textile work really does lose something when you only see it in photographs.
In the afternoon we worked with abstract drawings, folding and tearing them to create new designs. I seemed to end up quite mappy again, at least in the piece on the left - some little scraps of collagraph prints have crept in there too. It was a great way of working; all in all the day was very inspiring.
And last but not least I took my son down to London to see the Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Tate Modern. Wow! Another absolutely stunning exhibition, well worth a visit. Son was so taken with it that I treated him to a large and expensive poster, and he is now redecorating his room to make it a suitable place to hang it!!! How I wish I had thought of this before...
But I think I shall stay home for a while now...