The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) is hosting two exhibitions which run until May 2010. I have visited the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau but have yet to see the Artist's Studio, food for thought for another day.
The Anderson Collection is a wonderful show of art nouveau pieces collected by Sir Colin and Lady Anderson which includes work by Tiffany, Galle and Lalique. There are some stunning brooches which took my breath away. You have to see the pieces themselves to really appreciate their beauty. After soaking up all this inspiration, I sketched out a design for a fabric repeat.
One piece in the exhibition I also liked is the Tudric pewter clock by Archibald Knox, his lines are very clean. The stylised plant forms in my sketchbook are influenced by this.
I tried different colourways on the computer before deciding which ones to have sampled.