Living in London, there’s a lot of exhibitions you hear about, think ‘oh that sounds nice- must go there!’ and never get round to visiting. It happens to me about 99% of the time, and because I’m no longer studying art or photography- making integral visits and gathering evidence as ‘sketchbook research’ has slipped away from my priorities list, meaning I get a little lazy when it comes to being a culture vulture. Anyway- after hearing about Paul Smith’s latest residency at the Design Museum (not literally, sadly) I dragged Nana P and Mr Galvin along, so we could spend the afternoon getting to know a little more about the fella behind those striped socks and the cool boutique in Covent Garden’s Floral Street.
Seeing the exhibition itself felt a little like experiencing a 3D walk through, and more in depth version of his talk he did last year at the Vogue Festival with a certain Miss Chung (otherwise known as the dream team). The element of ‘look and see’ was consistent throughout- with inspiration literally coming from anywhere and everywhere (see spaghetti shirt picture for an idea of this)- and certainly left me with an open mind and ready to get my creative hat on (technical term guys).
On top of that, one of the things I loved most about ‘Hello My Name Is Paul Smith’ was the fact that everything was so, real (without getting all deep on you). It was incredibly insightful being able to gage what his workspace looks like, how the whole creative design process works, and even set-ups helping visualise what his first ever studio space looked like- far more fascinating than a black block letter paragraph on a white wall. Of course, saying that- if you can, I truly recommend you head along to see this- after all, Paul is about the ‘looking and seeing’ (and not digitally FYI).
‘Hello My Name Is Paul Smith’ is at the Design Museum until June 22nd