Over the holidays, my family and I were in London for a week, and while we were there, stopped by the Victoria and Albert museum that specializes in art and design. First, let me say that one of the things I miss most about not living in a city is the ready access to museums. We are not too far from San Francisco, but it’s not the same as being in the city and taking a short train ride to world class museums. Surely, being in close proximity to great and gorgeous art (such as the V&A’s Raphael cartoons!), architecture, textiles, sculptures, jewelry etc. can only result in the greatest of thoughts! Ah, well.
The V&A with its amazing collections and exhibits of art, design, textiles and decorative objects was fantastic; the Dale Chihuly glass sculpture mind-boggling and beautiful (above), and I could’ve easily spent entire days there. Plus, it was Christmastime and everything was festive and bright. It was the textiles, however, in their collection that were the main draw for me- the textiles from the Indian subcontinent, the immense handwoven carpets from Iran, Turkey and other parts of the world, the Opus Anglicanum exhibit of Medieval English embroidery– truly, if I could just be let behind the glass cases, and allowed to photograph them! All I could think while I was there how it would look up-close through the lens of my camera. You can read all about the V&A at their website here, and enjoy my pictures of some of my favorite objects and scenes, from paisley textiles to biscuit tins, and other objets d’art including Tipu Sultan’s man-eating tiger, at the V&A below. Can there be a better way to spend the day than getting up to a rainy day, eating hot toast +cups of tea, and then heading out to a day in a warm museum filled with the most beautiful art? The answer is no! -Priya
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