Have you been to any art exhibitions that you have really loved lately? A couple of weekends ago I went to the Josef Frank Patterns-Furniture-Painting Exhibition at The Fashion And Textile Museum London and loved it.
Frank is widely thought of as one of the founding voices behind the Swedish Modernist aesthetic and you can totally see why at the exhibition. This exhibition showcases some of Frank’s iconic fabric designs during his time working with Estrid Ericson at Svenskt Tenn and also his lesser known watercolour artwork too.
It’s full of his wonderful large motif designs and gorgeous use of colour, which although some of the pieces are other 70 years old they still look fresh and inline with today’s trend.
One of my favourite things about this exhibition was that some of the fabric patterns were along side the original artwork and I loved seeing his annotations and colour scheme swatches as he worked out the basic pattern repeat.
A lot of his work was inspired by nature and had floral themes but there were a couple of his non-nature inspired work in the exhibition too like this pattern based on the Manhattan map.
Another thing I loved was his layering of colours in some of the pieces it added a lot of depth and interest. Like in this Vegetable Tree piece, where he had given the tree and fruit a three dimensional appearance with the layering of block colours and some dot texture. Just so clever, the work looks naive but it is actually quite complex.
A few more of my favorite pieces:
I’ve just shared some of his textile work from the exhibition. There was also a collection of his watercolours which were interesting to see too upstairs as well as a small collection of designs from 21st Century Swedish textiles designers.
It is definitely worth going to see if you are a in London or planning a trip to London before the 7th May, when it finishes.
Top Visiting London Hack – The Fashion and Textile Museum is on the 2For1 Entry offer with National rail. If you are coming to London by train anyway then it is a good deal and you just need to fill out a form online and print it off or pick one up at your local station. If you use Oyster cards to get into London, you can’t make use of this offer but do the maths ‘coz it might work out cheaper to get two paper tickets and the 2For1 if you travel by national rail anyway!
Have you seen this exhibition? What did you think?
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