On a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London, I discovered the Textile Galleries. Fabulous fabrics – both ancient and modern – were displayed. I was fascinated by the work of the world famous present-day Japanese designer Miyamoto Eiji whose work was inspired by nature. Of particular interest was his Seaweed Scarf – pictured immediately above and below.
The Seaweed Scarf is a skilfully crafted triple-weave fabric. Its intricately textured and coloured surface of pleats, shirrings and crumplings have been created to evoke an impression of seaweed undulating in water.
I have lots of photographs of seaweed in water. I wondered if I had any images in my collection that might reflect that kind of inspirational subject. I came up with the following pictures – all showing Thongweed floating in the sea just offshore from Winspit in Dorset. The long strands of pale olive coloured seaweed were being flicked and drawn, to and fro, by the undulating waves. I thought the photographs were a good approximation of the idea being captured by the textile designer.
P.S. The V&A Textile Galleries are currently closed (April 2011) while the collection is being relocated to a new building.
Revision of a post first published 2 June 2010
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