However, as I was going to be at Somerset House, I had a little peek at what else was going on. I was delighted to see that there was an exhibition called Wool House, run by the Campaign for Wool. And I have to say that it was amazing. The house had been created by a range of designers working in all areas of the textile industry - artists, interior designers, tailors, fashion designers. Each room encompassing the exhibition was decorated or styled with wool products throughout. There was a cornucopia of colour and texture. And you were allowed to touch some of the exhibits, and take photos. It was like being set free in the sweetie shop!
I took about a 100 photos, and not all will fit onto my blog here, but it was so wonderful, I just wanted to carry those memories around with me forever. And my camera was the next best thing to help my sagging brain remember all the wonderful sights surrounding me.
THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH FELT.....
There was a modern room designed by Anne Kyyro-Quinn which was my favourite by far. Made with wonderful thick felt, it was a room you would just smile and smile in. Bold and bright colours hit you, but then there was the odd subtle touch of calm and gentleness.
|I loved the wall here - made of felt panels twisted to create a pattern. Depending where you stood, you saw a different pattern on the wall. In the far corner, it was a honeycomb lattice, whereas nearer to us, the curves were more fluid.|
|The design on these poufs were amazing. So beautifully and perfectly stitch that I would never allow ANYONE to sit on them.|
|This wall panel was all created by tucks in strips of shocking pink felt. Lovely and thick felt.|
The room itself was a child's dream room (seen through the eyes of adults - no McDonalds Happy Meal toys here cluttering up the place). Donna Wilson's many talents included a huge range of soft toys and accessories, and she was the Elle Decoration Designer of the Year in 2010. I loved her room as it was the epitome of where a 'designer child' would live. We all know our own children would mess it up in 2 minutes, but to see a little bit of loveliness untouched by sticky fingers was enough for me.
There was artwork displayed everywhere as well. I particularly loved the vibrant pictures of Anna Raymond:
and this amazing picture by Melissa Watts for Maud Designs, which was wool on canvas:
Finally, there were wallhanging by Claudy Jongstra which were huge and beautiful:
And I haven't even got onto the Krafthaus pieces of work. I will have to do another post again shortly to carry on where I left off.
I could have spent a lot longer there than we actually had time for. After the Wool House, it was onto the School for Creative Startups and their Showcase and Press Launch. More about that in my next post...