My Silent Piano

Hey, I am Zoe,

I am a practicing curator.

The blog is about design exhibitions.

And what I think of them.

Enjoy!!

Away for some time

Sorry for being away for some time, 

I haven’t been to many exhibitions lately because of 3 deadlines that have come and gone !!

However I have started a new business with a couple of friends. Its all about bringing criticality to design. This will give design the status it deserve and the understanding it so very much desires. 

There is not enough out there, people need to be critical, instead of pushing a button that says like!!! lets actually comment and start conversing with each about design, why it looks the way it dose, its possible influences. How would we feel about designed objects if they where seen in 3000. I don’t no !! what needs to be done to begin this criticality but I will be trying out a couple of events at some point to really begin the discussion. I will keep people posted about the events. 

let me know if you want to come and I will email you, website links, twitter pages and so on on on on. 

:) 

Be Critical ? - Cristian Louboutin

Critical or Not critical or Can we be critical ? 

For last couple of weeks my masters has been debated the concept of being critical within institutions. 

Institutions have an opinion as a whole and it is difficult to have a critical view as a curator if the institutions dose not agree. 

Christian louboutin comes into this because, he is a living artist with a retrospective at the Design Museums and it difficult for the exhibition to be critical about his designs, because of his opinions the institutions and the sponsors.

Although it is the critical that keeps us all alive as designers and curators? Why shouldn’t we be critical. I believe as a blogger it is falling on death ears and critically opinions don’t seem to exist on blogs like this one, design observer blog is different, where lengthy critically writing is evident. 

Can as a blogger, we be critical!! 

This exhibition is the starting point for this discussion as it is something that kicked off the debate of design. 

Start the debating and bring a critical design alive.  

Amasing rings

I found these whilst looking through blogs and blogs for artists and designers. 

Made me smile. 

Taken with instagram
Designed and Made by my sister, her blog is onemorebushome, have a look, lately she is coming up with crazy tshirt designs like this one. 

Like this if you think it would be good in production. 

Taken with instagram

Designed and Made by my sister, her blog is onemorebushome, have a look, lately she is coming up with crazy tshirt designs like this one. 

Like this if you think it would be good in production. 

Space nails. Did this yesterday whilst waiting for my hair to dry. I ruined my vanished coffee table by spilling nail varnish remover everywhere. :s whoops a guilty phone call to the parents!! However look at the results yay ! To find out how search marbling nails on YouTube, Amasing effects.

Space nails. Did this yesterday whilst waiting for my hair to dry. I ruined my vanished coffee table by spilling nail varnish remover everywhere. :s whoops a guilty phone call to the parents!! However look at the results yay ! To find out how search marbling nails on YouTube, Amasing effects.

Renewable

My Final Essay!! ( next my dissertation)

This Final One, 

Is all about a heritage sight and producing an exhibition for this sight, but it must be either contemporary fashion, product design or garden design. 

I have finally chosen product design. 

It needs to be contemporary product design but introduce a bit of heritage. 

With this in mind, I have chosen to use sustainability. It looks at how to sustain the heritage sight for the future. 

I am currently looking at, how to reduce waste, and reduce water consumption and self efficiency. 

If anyone know anything let me know,

I will blogging things I find. 

Sustainable

Strathcona Stockings

Wow!!

I was looking through blogs this morning and found these. I couldn’t believe it.

SOLD OUT

rubbish but I am waiting to see what they will come out next.

Take a look at - http://strathconastockings.bigcartel.com/product/dusk-skies

British Design 1948 - 2012 

British Design 1948 -2012 - V&A Museum

In 1948 London hosted the first Olympic Games after the Second World War. The ‘Austerity Games’ (as they became known) took place at a time of economic crisis in a city devastated by bombing, but they provided a platform for reconciliation and reconstruction. And Now Britain are hosting the games once again. It hard to consider this exhibition is all about the olympics. WELL IT ISNT. its a very brief history of Britain from 1948 onwards. 

Tradition & Modernity

The impact of the Second World War on the social, economic and physical fabric of Britain was immense. 

Subversion

From the 1950s a new generation of Britons challenged the values of their parents. The focus of design moved from reconstruction to revolution. In the 1960s and 1970s, fashion, music, shopping, interiors and film enjoyed a fresh prominence as expressions of identity or radical intent. 

Innovation & Creativity

Over the last half century, design culture has moved firmly away from traditional manufacturing towards innovative financial, retail and creative services. 

Britain has long been a pioneer of new ideas, particularly in the areas of industrial design and technology. Innovation has characterised British design.

Conclusion

The exhibition, is informative and the info is easily read and educational. Reading about old towns and being re built it was very nostalgic.

The V&A has kept its traditional showy exhibitions with large cars and dramatic lighting and pop songs and theatric settings. Its slightly off putting but like a lot of other people I tend to get swept up with the exciting displays.

The only room that I didn’t understand is the Damien Hirst Room, I am really not sure why he is there? British Design ? and there stands either really bad design or decent fine art. Well thats the usual argument. After the exhibition I went online to see whether there was an explanation of the why he was there and there was nothing. Its probably the only room I couldn’t get my head round. 

Overall its a brilliant exhibition if you no anything about Britain you’ll feel nostalgic and patriotic, especially when we can be proud of designers like Kenneth Grange designing the Kodak Camera and almost every Kitchen Utensil and Electronic item. Its amazing how much our British designers have made an impact, it really brings back the identity of british design. I would say go!! if you want to learn anything about British Design. 

Fashion Curating

http://www.fashionspacegallery.com/

Interventions in Material and Techniques

Presenting the work of eight emerging fashion labels, this exhibition explores a number of ways in which young designers are pushing boundaries in the creation of contemporary womenswear.

Una Burke, ‘RE.TREAT’ Collection, 2010
Photography by Diego Indraccolo, Styling by Kay Korsh
Courtesy of the designer

This exhibition, What can I say !! you look on the website and there very exciting designers, Felicity Brown, is one of my favourites. But my favourite garment is this one above by Una Burke. I find it hard to enjoy fashion exhibitions where is no state of movement and expression. Fashion is tactile and I think its hard to see it in such a static form. However this item above was extended out from the wall. Rather than placed on a a dead lifeless plastic bodies. There must be away of displaying fashion in a more exciting way. There has been some glipse Hussien Chalyan’s work at the Design museum in 2007. 

Overall this exhibition, is very small and I half expected more cutting edge techniques. However the garments are fascinating. I was disappointed and expected films, photography and fashion rather than just the garments. 

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