Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

On my recent trip to London my first stop was the Paul Smith exhibition at the Design Museum.

Slightly pricey in comparison to other similar exhibitions but worth paying to get a glimpse in to his fascinating world.

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Maybe its because i’m a bit nosey (aren’t we all!?) but the chance to have a look at what his design space looks like and the images that provide his inspiration and ideas was absolutely captivating.

My favourites were without doubt the wall of images, especially the hand drawn pictures, saved envelopes and thank you notes he has received over the years.  They provided an insight in to his world but also made me want to know more – “who drew it, what letter did it contain, why was it so special that you decided to frame it?”

I rarely stop to watch a film in an exhibition, I am too impatient to sit still for long enough! However, give me a glimpse behind the scenes of a fashion show: it had me hooked, I even sat down.

This one is definitely worth a visit if you can;  have a look at the teaser film here to make your mind up!  Inspiring and fun. ( it’s on until 9th March)

We spent time looking at the museum collection, which never really gets dull – but the highlight of the other exhibitions was the the Designers in Residence collection, showcasing four new and emerging designers early in their career.  3D printing, fascinating stuff.

Next up: Pop Art (and Gin) at the Barbican.

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London Bound

I’m currently planning a research trip to London in December and am trying to decide what I can cram in to a long weekend.

Already booked is Isabella blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset house, celebrating the extraordinary life of the late Fashion patron;

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I have toyed with the idea of taking a little skate at Somerset House while I’m there but decided that I’m maybe a little out of practice.

Other must see’s include ‘Hello my name is Paul Smith‘ at the Design museum;

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Pop Art Design’ at the Barbican, and a Gincognito at the new Gin joint.

‘Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr’, at the Science Museum looks like a really quirky exhibition of photography from the late 1960’s and 70’s capturing eccentricities of the english way of life.

Just take a look at these Ladies:

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Of course it would be silly not to take the chance to do a little shopping while I am there so I will be popping in to Present and Correct for some lovely stationery – I will be hunting down this 2014 wall planner by Crispin Finn;

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and of course Liberty of London to top up my sewing supplies.