My two friends in the V&A garden with one of the structures from the 1:1 Architects Build Small Places and my almost perfectly sculpted ball of ice cream bought from the icecream trolley in the garden.
I was lucky enough to be invited by two lovely, happy and arty girls to a cultural day of seeing London exhibitions. Well how could I not accept when that’s my passion anyway?!
I love going to see things in London (hence the ‘Shows and Must Sees’ list in my sidebar) but I often end up going alone because there’s no one else quite patient enough to go round with me…
But my dear galfriends, being the interesting and learnered girls they are, were the perfect company for a day packed with exhibitions at the Tate and V&A (but lets not forget the giggles and the evening of too many bottles of wine!)
I’m sure many of you have heard (mixed) reviews and talk about the Grace Kelly exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum, well I went along to see if what I had read agreed with my shiny thoughts on the real thing!
Knowing noubt about her before I ventured into the space, I was all too happy to learn about the lady that Mika sings about through charming film clips, accompanying info plates and by peering at the clothes she wore. Despite some delightful (and praise worthy to the V&A) pieces, there was a big hole missing. Where was the wedding dress which had been glorified so much by the highlighting title of one of 4 sections – ‘Bride’? It was really quite a major piece not to be able to see so perhaps the section could have been missed out or, I dunno, maybe they could have stuck a fancy cardboard cut-out of her in there.. just saying..
The nostalgic dreamer in us continued to be satisfied in a delightful free exhibition of Beatrix Potters’ Peter Rabbit. I’m reading her biography at the moment so this was a must see.
You are taken on a journey of initial rabbit sketches to the letter to a sick child which first inspired the book right to a wall of all the Peter Rabbits published in all countries.
I was so touched and excited to see this – Beatrix’s letter to her friends’ sick child which I have read about in her biography. She wrote him many stories in her letters and luckily he kept them all, enabling her to copy her first drawings and publish the story for all children to read.
Beatrix was truly an amazingly talented illustrator, she practiced constantly and scrutinised her subjects, using wildlife as her comfort, friends and drawing inspiration. You can see this here in her frantic sketches of her pet Rabbit Peter Piper, her chosen Peter front cover illustration and other enchanted scenes of animals and their make believe worlds.
Please come back and see what else I saw on my day of Power Viewing!