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SCENE: The Victoria and Albert Museum by Emily Parkes ofwww.etsy.com/shop/emilyparkesart


If you are looking for the most inspiring collection of artefacts, in every medium possible; housed in a building steeped with Victorian grandeur, then the V&A museum in London is definitely somewhere you should visit. As the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, it doesn’t disappoint.


Founded in 1852 the V&A has grown immensely, now housing 145 galleries, including permanent and visiting collections. The museum covers 3000 years of art and design and includes collections in a huge number of categories including: ceramics, textiles, jewellery, sculpture, printmaking and photography, just to name a few.


As well as possessing numerous holdings surrounding British design,


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the rest of the world is represented in equally stunning collections. The V&A holds the largest number of Italian Renaissance items outside of Italy, included in the post classical sculpture collection. The departments covering Asia possess collections covering South as well as East Asia, Japan, China and Korea.


There truly is something to inspire absolutely everyone: •


earthenware tile glazed in cobalt blue and lustre would catch your eye. •


As an artist or general lover


of craft, the art and design aspect at the heart of every gallery is truly inspiring. Whatever your style, technique or medium, a visit would put an end to any creative block. •


As a ceramicist you may take


inspiration from a Chinese blue and white porcelain dish, using Fritware and underglaze painted decoration, or perhaps a Spanish tin-glazed


fail to fill anyone using textiles with inspiration. Muslin gowns from the regency period embroidered with floral patterns and suede gloves trimmed with silver threads and silk ribbons are just examples of the hundreds of beautiful pieces available to view. •


The Fashion gallery won’t


The jewellery gallery in


particular is a treasure trove of outstanding pieces from around the world, including brooches displaying the emerging enamelling techniques champlevé and basse-taille as well as older artefacts such as a faceted blue topaz ring mounted in gold, from the 1800’s.


Complementing the resident


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