We headed out to Bermondsey to find the orangey pinkness that is the Fashion and Textiles Museum.
The exhibition was of textile designs by three women designers in the 1940s.
I got a couple of postcards:
Lucienne day - Calyx, 1951
Jacqueline Groag - untitled, 1952
Marian Mahler - Mobiles, 1952
Lucienne Day - Apollo, late 1950s
These scans of the postcards are by no means a full representation of what was there - the designs were beautiful. The scale of some of the motifs combined with simplicity of form and colour combinations showed a real skill and understanding of screen printing as well as design and the way a repeats work.
There were examples of different colourways for the same designs - and colour choice and juxtaposition made such a difference to how a design sits - just fab!
We only had about an hour and a half before we had to travel back over the river to Bloomsbury for the Portfolio Intensive - organised by SCBWI.
There were two illustrators' agents and two publishers there. I got to only see the two agents - the time went SO quickly.
It was really interesting seeing the work of other illustrators too - at various stages of their careers. I learned a great deal in four short hours and came home very inspired.
The agents were honest but encouraging - generous with their really constructive feedback. So now I know that I must draw my little son more and keep drawing. Frances McKay obviously thinks I have good drawing skills - but need to develop an illustrative style. She liked the line drawings of Alfie the dog..
Mark Mills focussed in on a small sketch for an idea to illustrate a poem - a fox
So I sketched and doodled my way home on the train - whilst my son filled several pages in his sketchbook too..