Art, Museums, Textiles, Links
Places I enjoy visiting on the web.
The Textile Museum of Canada is one of Toronto’s most engaging visual arts organizations. With more than 12,000 objects from more than 200 countries and regions, the TMC’s permanent collection celebrates cultural diversity and includes traditional fabrics, garments, carpets and related artifacts such as beadwork and basketry.
So far my most favourite place to visit in London – I go back over and over again and the online V&A Images are an excellent creative resource for fine and decorative art, photography, fashion and design imagery, when you can’t be there in person!
This is an amazing house to visit and now you can download an audio tour introduced by Stephen Fry.
The Sir John Soane’s Museum, has been described as the ‘most ingenious domestic architecture in Britain’ and is a truly amazing London treasure-house.
Left to the nation by the architect Sir John Soane in 1837, the house is full of architectural illusions and surprises which showcase Soane’s vast collection of antiquities and art – from the sarcophagus of Seti l in the crypt to Hogarth paintings in the picture gallery.
Soane demolished and rebuilt three houses in succession on the north side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, beginning with No. 12 between 1792 and 1794, moving on to No. 13, re-built in two phases in 1808-9 and 1812, and concluding with No. 14, rebuilt in 1823-24.
Founded in 1843 with the collections of an art amateur fascinated by the MIddle Ages, Alexandre Du Sommerard who lived in the Hôtel de Cluny. The collections have grown over the years and today they offer a unique view of the art and history of man in Roman Gaul at the beginning of the 16th century, fifteen centuries of European art and history one location.
The Baldishol Tapestry, which is now in the The Oslo Museum of Applied Art, is believed to originate from the very end of the 12th century.
If you want to learn more about weaving that is exciting, challenging, and complex, this is the group for you. Complex Weavers is open to anyone with a curiosity to know and a willingness to share.
The main objective of the guild is to raise the technical, mechanical and artistic standards of hand weaving among Canadian weavers. Find links to the Guild Test requirements booklet here.