Had such a good time last Friday watching the performances, doing workshops, seeing exhibition etc that I want to do it again. The November event is themed for their exhibition on Pearls. Come along, adorn yourself and take part.
Further details to come. Here are some of the events on the evening.
Sam Peet and Tim Parker
Join Tim Parker from NTS Radio’s show ‘You'll Soon Know’ as he brings you forward thinking beats from Dilla to Deft and more. Sam Peet will also emerge during the evening from the Brothers of the Stripe workshop to join Tim and play a few of his favorite records, past and present.
DJ, sound artist and composer Gyorgy Ono will be playing experimental techno and house jams fused with more avant-garde, Musique Concrète and sound art compositions. Originally from Georgia, Ono’s work explores fragmentation, appropriation and recycling, allowing borrowed sounds to be reconfigured.
Coinciding with the Pearls exhibition, BA Jewellery students from Central Saint Martins have produced new work – manifestations of a creative journey exploring, pushing and probing the possibilities of pearls. Get inspired and collect a limited edition wearable design to make in the Museum for the evening.
Illustration, graphic design and image making collective Brothers of the Stripe take to the walls of the V&A, creating a flash sheet live draw inspired by the theme of adornment. Alongside the live draw, get involved in a tattoo stamp workshop and take away a specially printed poster for the evening.
Adornment in film
Discover a series of films that explore themes of adornment specifically through fashion and design, including work by Sarah Keeling and Historia Films.
Marks of Social Identity
What would happen if social identity was not represented by the materials you owned, but by tattooing specific symbols on your skin? Drawing inspiration from the history of tattooing and the rituals of aboriginal tribes who use tattoos to mark their social status and identity, create your own social identity stencil tattoo with designer Sharon Hung.
Join fashion and jewellery students, recent graduates and established designers as they present work adorning the body in a performative installation around the Museum. Featuring the work of students from London College of Fashion, as well as designers E Wha Lim and Lara Jensen.
Get a one off hand drawn tattoo from Spanish illustration duo, Cachete Jack. From jewellery to accessories, animals to more abstract concepts, don’t be afraid to make a choice, as its only temporary! Based in London, Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul base their work on observations and daily life.
Japanese Tattooing as an Upper-Class Fad in Late 19th Century Britain
In the 1880s and 90s, guidebooks for English-speaking visitors to Japan described acquiring a tattoo in Japan as the height of taste and sophistication. As such, every British Royal visitor after 1868 was tattooed during their trip, including the future King George V, who returned home with a large blue dragon on his forearm. Join academic and art historian Matt Lodder as he traces the development of these trends, their eventual end, and seeks to place tattooing into the wider visual culture contexts from which it emerges.
Beirut, I Love You – In conversation with Zena el Khalil
Using everything from martyr paintings of suicide bombers to sexy lingerie and plastic surgery, artist Zena el Khalil’s work is an extension of her home city , Beirut. She works on canvas with glitter, sequins, feathers and plastic, all held together with pins so they can be rearranged to tell different stories. Nothing is permanent; everything is unstable, just like the city she loves. Join her in conversation with V&A assistant curator Rowan Bain as they discuss her work in the context of adornment.
Pearls, myths, symbolism and fashions Join the V&A Pearls exhibition curator Dr. Beatriz Chadour-Sampson and Qatar National Museum Heritage expert Dr Najla Ismail in an intriguing insight into the history of pearls, jewellery and adornment from both a Qatari and European perspective.