In 2008-9 I was very lucky to work at the Victoria & Albert Museum and it became the begining of a new creative direction for me. I was working as a Picture Researcher which meant I had daily access to a vast collection of awe inspiring artefacts. While researching for projects like the V&A Patterns book series I was entranced by the collections of William Morris, Kimonos from Japan and swatches of fabric from the fourties and fifties. I continually wondered how one would even begin to design a clever and beautiful pattern like these. It's that question that still pushes my work onwards today so, even though it wasn't until 2012 that I learned about pattern design, the first inspiration undoubtedly has roots at the V&A - a place I frequently return to for relaxation and inspiration! These days my favourite area is the ceramics gallery, so easily overlooked by the flocks that pass through the main exhibitions. (Which makes it nice and peaceful too!) The ceramics gallery appears to have almost every single pot and jug, mug, plate, bowl, vase and teapot ever designed. It takes you through the centuries and the styles and the processes. Row after row, case after case of magnificent creations. Just go - seeing is believing.
Long live the V&A.