Friday, 4 July 2014

Petal Power - now online!

Assistant Curator Hilary Davidson announces a new online exhibition for MoDA

Petal Power is one of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture's best-toured exhibitions, and this week we have made it available online as part of MoDA's website.

The physical exhibition appeared first at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in 2011. It was a great place to debut a show featuring the work of women employed by the Silver Studio in London between 1910 and 1940, and recognising their roles within the firm and in the development of fashionable dress prints of the interwar period. We have talked about it previously on this blog many times.

chiffon dress, borrowed for Petal Power exhibition
from Middlesex University's Fashion Collection

Petal Power then toured to the Royal Albert Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter in 2012, and to Chepstow Museum then to Guildford House Gallery. Each venue had a slightly different version according to the space and loans available.

Textile historian Keren Protheroe was involved in Petal Power’s inception and realisation. Much of the research drew from her PhD thesis with Kingston University. We’re very happy to say she achieved her degree in 2012. The full work is called Bloom and Blotch: The Floral Print and Modernity in the Textile Designs of Winifred Mold and Minnie McLeish, 1910-1930

Keren wrote and MoDA published a book to accompany the exhibition which is available to buy from the Middlesex University online shop.

We hope you enjoy visiting – or revisiting – the floral delights of Petal Power in this gorgeous summer weather.  Do let us know what you think!

Silver Studio textile design
Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, SD2749

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