Happy Monday to all. I hope everyone in the UK managed to keep dry over the weekend. It was pretty rainy, in true English summertime fashion! I ventured into London on Friday and got very soggy, but had a fab time, seeing some art and having some afternoon tea.
I started by heading to the Tate Modern where there is a Sonia Delaunay exhibition on. She was one of the pioneers of abstraction and a central figure of the Paris avant-garde. She used dynamic forms and vibrant colour in her paintings, but she also went beyond fine art to embrace fashion textiles, costume and set design. She was obviously a good businesswoman, with her own fashion house and brand name. The textile room of the exhibition was by far my favourite and I relished the selection of prints and embroideries on show, all manufactured, knitted and embroidered by a team of Russian women. What I loved about many of her designs was the modernity of them. Many could be used today.
Lovely geometric silk design in fresh colours.
This design has a mosaic tile effect.
Geometric designs for fabric patterns.
A stunning cotton coat design.
The fashion drawings were beautifully realised and I love the use of geometrics in her designs.
Without the cloche hats, these designs would look like they were designed today.
Embroidered shoes and clutch bag.
Afternoon tea was held in the Library Room of the Marriott hotel overlooking Big Ben!
Still a stunning view even if it's pouring with rain....
We had a selection of teas, cakes and dainty sandwiches, all washed down with an endless supply of bubbles.