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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

7.31.2013

Omega Centenary

[Detail: White, a 1913 printed furnishing linen attributed to Vanessa Bell. Collection of the V & A.]

A quick bit of news for anyone with plans to be in London this September: One hundred years have passed since art critic Roger Fry brought together artists including Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, and other creatives typically associated with the Bloomsbury Group, to form an experimental design collective that lasted from 1913 to 1919 -- the Omega Workshops. Rocking Edwardian sensibilities, these artists designed textiles, ceramics and all sorts of decorative items influenced by the abstract works they saw in Paris.

On Thursday, September 19 from 7 to 9 p.m., in conjunction with the London Design Festival, Courtauld curator Dr. Alexandra Gerstein will show participants original Omega designs in the Museum's Drawings and Prints room. Click here for tickets. Also, earlier on the same day, Sophie Coryndon is scheduled to lead an Omega-inspired painted objects masterclass at The New Craftsmen Garage. Details here.


[Omega Workshops (1913-19) mark, Dessert plate, ca. 1914-16, Earthenware with cobalt blue glaze, Diameter: 10 inches, Collection of Jasper Johns.]

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