At this time, V&A museum has two very interesting exhibitions: The Weeding dresses and the Host one. But on my way to go, I’ve seen a range of different clothes that were attention getting. That’s because I’ve spend too much time, looking at them, that I haven’t visited a real exhibition. But it wasn’t a waste of time because it was really interesting.
It was about the history of the clothes, how it has evolved with the time. That’s why the work has been exhibited in circle, to definite the evolution. It started from the XIX century with the dresses and the corset to finishing by the XX century and this common outfit named T-shirt. It was really entertaining to see how fast the evolution is. That is to say that in less than a century, we’ve forgot about the corset to focus on being confortable. The printing as evolved so much with the time, at the beginning it was only real fragile embroidery and during the 70’s we’ve print so much rough-and-ready circle in such noticeable colours. The evolution seems to be really easy to describe: at the beginning it was a real detailed-hand-made work and now it seems to be more fast-machine one. Obviously, it is not true in all the cases, but it was the general feeling that came up again in this presentation.
In the middle of this presentation, The UNSEEN brand was exposing its work, which was incredible. THEUNSEEN is an exploration house, blend biological and chemical matter into material. This season, they’ve made a collection named AIR, for which they’ve developed a form of wind reactive ink that changes colour upon contact with the air around us. Intended to reveal the otherwise unseen turbulence surrounding the human as it goes about its environment.
SOMERSET HOUSE: “Tattoo Art Today”:
In going to this exhibition at Somerset house I though I was going to see real tattoo in picture. In fact, it was just piece of art in the style of tattoo, which make sense when you look at the title of the exhibition.
Art tattoo is quiet frightening; it is all about death and so include skull and crossbones.
But looking deeper in this art, it is very interesting.
This exhibition was presenting original artworks from 70 of the world’s most influential tattoo artists including Ed Hardy, Mister Cartoon…
Each artist has been commissioned to create a completely new work for the exhibition on the theme of time, working with any medium and on any canvas apart from their usual surface skin. That was just the opposite of what I was expecting from this exhibition.
Time as a subject is the explanation of all those skull and crossbones even if it is a real usual pattern in tattoo art.
All the artists have made a different interpretation of the subject, all directed in the same way but with different material, symbol and technique. Some of them has used canvas when others has used ceramic (Henk ‘Hanky Panky’ by Schiffmacher)…
V&A had also a little temporary exhibition named disobedient object. From a Suffragette tea service to protest robots, this exhibition is the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.
Disobedient Objects focuses on the period from the late 1970s to now, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. On display are arts of rebellion from around the world that illuminate the role of making in grassroots movements for social change: finely woven banners; defaced currency; changing designs for barricades and blockades; political video games; an inflatable general assembly to facilitate consensus decision-making; experimental activist-bicycles; and textiles bearing witness to political murders.
<--- Henk ‘Hanky Panky’ by Schiffmacher :
By having used Jesus as support for his work, Schiffmacher may have wanted to shock the audience. Usually related to Evil and Satan, Art Tattoo represents the dark side of the religion when jesus is the symbol of resurrection and paradise. This paradox may mark the modernisation through the time, which stick in the subject. A Tattoo Jesus is certainly the modern version of the religion, which shown how our society is evolving, mixing the opposite opinion, accepting the difference…