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  • Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft at the Victoria and Albert

    January 22, 2008 | 4 Comments »

    One of the highlights of my London trip was this exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. If you live in London or happen to be going there, you must go see this! Out of the Ordinary features fine artists using traditional craft materials and techniques in their work.

    Below are two of my favorite artists from the exhibit:

    On first glance, Susan Collis' work may not seem like it belongs but if you look closely, her art reveals some truly amazing craft. The paint-spatters on the smock to the left are painstakingly embroidered while paint drops on the wooden stepladder are actually inlaid mother of pearl, diamonds and opals.

    Chicago based artist Anne Wilson works with lace, hair, pins and thread. Her installation Topologies is a long board featuring different manipulations of these materials.





    If you look at the installation as a whole, this work resembles a topographical map while up close, little clumps and clusters of lace, pins and thread resemble bacteria or micro-organisms. It is completely mesmerizing. As if this work isn't amazing enough on it's own, Wilson made a video accompanying this piece called Errant Behaviours, in which these materials come to life with animation.

    Out of the Ordinary will be open until February 18th. If you can't make it, the exhibition book is also available for sale on their website.

    4 Responses to “Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft at the Victoria and Albert”

    1. corine says:

      I would love to experience it myself. There are art pieces that can never be satisfyingly photographed. It’s seems amazing.

    2. I’ve been wishing I could see this exhibit in person – glad you got to check it out, and thanks for sharing!

    3. daniel says:

      ooh – I saw errant behaviors here as part of the radical lace show here in nyc at the craft museum – the topologies piece looks awesome! I’m so jealous you got to see it!

    4. Kate says:

      I thought Susan Collis’ work was amazing too…at first glance I just thought it was an unfinished part of the exhibiton but on closer inspection…wow!

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