Subversive Design at Brighton Museum

My friend Karen and I popped into the new exhibition at Brighton Museum last night.  It made a contrast to our last visit – much more relaxing with no little people in tow.


I wasn’t sure what to expect but had seen the names Vivienne Westwood and David Shrigley mentioned on the publicity, so was keen to go and have a look.  What I will say is, it is amazing – go GO!  The exhibits on display use a really good variety of medium – glass, ceramics, textiles, paper.  It was great going with a friend as the work is designed to get a reaction, so we could chat and chuckle, and point things out to each other.  It is certainly not an exhibition where I would imagine people walking round on their own with a blank expression on their face.  We felt Brighton is the perfect place to hold an exhibition on subversive design, as it is known for things like…


(grainy photo taken in the Brighton galleries on our way out last night, we are sooo subversive – I went to teach patchwork and Karen straight home to the family!).

There is a really good selection of textiles on show, including wall paper, home furnishings and clothing.  Personal highlights were a quilt by Michele Walker, embroideries by Julian Walker and an amazing patchwork outfit worn by Leigh Bowery.

The museums literature says: “Subversive Design explores how designers, makers and manufacturers react to the world around them, playing with form, function and materials to create objects that provoke and amuse”.

But that’s all I’m going to say here.  Go and look for yourself – it is on till March.  Click here for more details.


4 thoughts on “Subversive Design at Brighton Museum

  1. paisleypedlar October 14, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    You have just helped me make my mind up to go as I was dithering a bit over whether to go or not!

    • quiltypleasures October 17, 2013 / 7:47 am

      Oh no – pressure! A couple of friends went over the weekend and enjoyed it so hope you do too.

  2. TheBigForest October 14, 2013 / 6:47 pm

    We have been looking forward to this exhibition – hope it fulfils expectations!!

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