Musing from a country window
June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
As I sit here and look at the rose arch in the front garden, I am off in my head planning my next few outings to London, Chichester and Salisbury. There are 3 exhibitions that I really want to see; The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Robin and Lucienne Day exhibition at the Pallant House Gallery and Constable and Salisbury at the Salisbury Museum.
I am very excited to inform you all that one of our artist/designers at raw dice Francisca Prieto is exhibiting at the Summer Exhibition. We are lucky enough to showcase Francisca’s limited edition character prints, which are inspired by the origins of the contemporary Latin alphabet.
Francisca’s work ‘Between Folds/British Birds‘ has been selected from over 11,000 entries to be hung at the Royal Academy! Francisca has been working on a series of ‘Between Folds’, where she finds old books and through a process intricate experimentation, creates a work of art. Hence providing a new narrative and a new lease of life to these old publications. Francisca is highly collectable in the art world, where her art is snapped up by international art collectors. The ‘Between Folds/British Birds‘ is already sold! You can find her work in the Saatchi Gallery and we are very proud to have her work at raw dice. We have had 10 prints beautifully box framed and ready to hang up.
We were particularly drawn to these due to the numerical interpretations. As we were deciding on our company name and logo, we envisaged the throwing of the dice and the chances it represents. If we want to get philosophical – life throws an infinite number of chances ones’ way, the trick is to capture the right number!
As I mentioned before, I have a weakness for textiles. I am an aesthetic at heart, I recently went to ‘The Cult of Beauty’ exhibition at the V&A. It covers the Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 in art and design. Aesthetic artists, designers, poets and collectors promoted the idea of ‘art for art’s sake’ and the idea of ‘house beautiful’ became the standard for all Victorians aspiring for a cultured life. It was truly inspirational to see the iconic works of Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Leighton, Whistler, Willam Morris, Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde. Images of peacock feathers galore (natures own beautiful display of courtship), my head was spinning with the paintings of beautiful pre-Raphaelite women. The image of Pavonia, Frederic Leighton, is quite haunting. A raven haired Spanish beauty amongst images of Elizabeth Siddal, the muse and wife of Rossetti.
The exhibitions and collections at the V&A are always worth a visit. For anybody that has the same fascination with the V&A as I have, I recommend you read A S Byatt’s ‘The Children’s Book. It follows the adventures of various families during the turn of the century and part of the narrative is set around the South Kensington Museum (later named the Victoria and Albert Museum). It is a book rich with descriptions of works of art – especially pottery.
I am planning to visit the Constable exhibition and the Pallant House Gallery next week. I will keep you updated!