Sunday, May 13, 2012

Back from visiting London

Last week I went to London for 5 days, mainly to meet friends and look at lots of exhibitions. Going with Eurostar is such a pleasant way to travel to London as you arrive in the heart of London.
I've enjoyed tremendously to be away from home for a change. It had been well over a year since I last went away.
My first visit was to the V&A to see the Spider Silk.
My main reason to go to London now, as this exhibition ends early June. It was so good to see this for real.
The scarf had a distinct crimping at one point, intrigued how this came about. Anyone any thoughts about this?  Difficult to photograph as there was glass before the scarf and windows shining in. This was in the middle at one side, the same at one end of the scarf.
Above photo is the cape, with detailed the top closing at the front.
The design of the cape was also there to see
I even went back just before I went home again, together with a friend who wanted to see it too. If you have not seen it and are able to get to London before June 5th, I highly recommend you to go and see for yourself.
The café at the V&A is worth a visit too:

The 2nd day it was to Tate Britain to see Picasso. We spent so much time there that we forgot to have lunch. It was so interesting to see the work of different artists together on show that had influenced each other. I have seen several Picasso exhibitions but I learned something new here. He designed for the theatre too, there were costumes on show.

The 3rd day was time for the Fashion and Textile Museum where there was an interesting exhibition on design.
Lots to see, here some impressions:
 I love these black and white pictures, although my pictures are not very sharp but difficult to photograph high above you.

Close to the Museum is the Shard under construction, very impressive
And another building worth capturing. I love architecture.

The 4th day was time to go to the Barbican Art Gallery to see Bauhaus, I had been invited by a friend to go and see this exhibition. Thanks Phyllis, it was great to see this together!
Again a lot of time was spent viewing and lunch was a bit later than usual. I could not appreciate all that was there. Some I found quite depressing but on the whole it was magic to see so much diverse work together and the textiles on show were stunning to see.

It was enchanting to see so much in flower in London

It was an inspiring visit and my next visit to London is already planned!


  1. Wat heb je veel gedaan en gezien in Londen, Margreet. Ik zou er ook zo heen willen, maar dat zit er helaas niet in. Leuk te zien dat je ook houdt van architectuur. Kijken wevers op een andere manier dan andere mensen?

  2. Annie, leuk van je te horen, ik hoop dat het goed met je gaat! Tja, architektuur, ik vind het facinerend wat er gebouwd wordt naast al het moois wat er al eeuwen staat. Wevers hebben met struktuur te maken, dus misschien dat het daar een raakvlak heeft?

  3. Thanks for sharing your visit! I'm envious - what a rich experience.