For the first time in two and a half years, I made it up to London to the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. I used to go at least once a month but since the world turned upside I haven't been. I am hoping to return more regularly again.
Like always the V&A is a special visit. I visited the Beatrice Potter Exhibition, her illustration and life story is amazing and fascinating. I then went around the permanent fixtures fashion, customer and theatre and then Jewellery.
I have been in there once or twice before but now through the lens of someone who makes jewellery. I wanted to gather some inspiration. It is something I used to do when I used to make clothes and fashion. nothing gets the creative juices flowing than looking around some of the greatest pieces of work and artistry.
Obviously, I make very different jewellery to what is featured in the V&A exhibit but the beautiful and vibrant gems and the designs were so amazing and inspiring from the 1600s to 2022 there is so much to see.
What surprised me though was a small inclusion of modern-day pieces not because they were modern but because they were made from traditional precious materials like the rest of the pieces.
A statement (to say the least) made from thermal manipulated acrylic sheets really caught my eye the colour and design were breathtaking. Practical? No, but that's not really the point I suspect
Towards the end was a two again statement piece a Butterfly that flutters as you move belonging to and donated by Beyonce. And next to it is a broch of a peony. It was absolutely stunning. The vivid pink and the details were to die for.
So overall and really fun and inspirational trip and I can't wait to go again soon!