Sunday, 20 November 2011

V&A - The Power of Making

Pencils with alphabet sculpted into nibs.

On Friday, I visited 'The Power of Making' at the V&A, which is an exhibition of 100 contemporary craft objects selected by the V&A and the Craft Council. The exhibition had such varied objects as the vertiginous Alexander McQueen armadillo shoes to an 8ft gorilla made entirely from coat hangers.

Gorilla made from coat hangers.

The exhibition has had criticism that the objects selected are simply too random, however in my opinion, this is the beauty of 'The Power of Making'. The objects all have the 'Wow Factor' and are each discussion points in their own right, from the giant blanket, knitted from the wool of 18 sheep, to a lace thong that was handmade from the Polish lace-makers who served Pope John Paul II.

Pearly Queen Blazer, using buttons.

I would highly recommend visiting this exhibition (which is free!); it is effectively a cabinet of curiosities which can keep you amazed, entertained and enthralled for an afternoon.

Alexander McQueen armadillo shoes.

1 comment:

  1. I would love to have to time to visit exhibitions such as this i think it would be so interesting just to look at bits and pieces of curiosity
    Those alphabet pencils are amazing!