Sunday, 18 September 2011

Power of Making

When you're graced with the words Power of Making, you wouldn't have the highest of expectations. But when you look to your left and find a 10ft monster made only out of metal coat hangers, you know you've just walked into something special. The V&A's newest exhibition takes a look at the different techniques used in craft and how they can be used to make anything that your imagination conjures up. Or as guest curator, Daniel Charny explains, "Making is the most powerful way that we solve problems, express ideas and shape our world. What and how we make defines who we are, and communicates who we want to be."

Walking into the exhibition, there was a variety of pieces that were chosen to display the originality and ingenuity that each artist/ designer has. Favourites ranged from Alexander Mcqueen's 'Armadillo' shoes (which were inspired by ballet dancers in the en pointe position) to the Crochetdermy Bear, by Shauna Richardson. You are left to view the works of art in any way you desire, as unlike other exhibitions, there is no set path to follow. This, therefore allows people to explore in their own way - hopefully to form inspiration for something they could create. All in all, Power of Making takes arts and crafts to a whole new level and is well worth a visit. 

The exhibition runs from September 6th 2011 - January 2nd 2012 in the V&A museum. 

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