There was once an idea, it was about a phd that would be something to do with textile design and the Festival of Britain, possibly something a little atomic. Then came a baby, and the phd idea got buried in a very dark corner of a long forgotten place.
One day a handsome collection fought out of another very dark corner of another long forgotten place and found a wonderful bright new gallery to bring exposure to it all once more. And the phd idea was remembered fondly, before being parcelled back up and shoved back into a memory.
From Atoms to Patterns
Crystal Structure Designs from the 1951 Festival of Britain
Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London
24 April - 10 August
"This exhibition explores the intriguing creations of the Festival Pattern Group - a unique project at the 1951 Festival of Britain involving X-ray crystallographers, designers and manufacturers. At the instigation of Dr Helen Megaw, a leading Cambridge scientist, diagrams of atomic structures inspired an eclectic array of patterns on curtains, wallpapers, carpets, lace, dress fabrics, ties, plates and ashtrays".
If ever there was an exhibition that could make me find the time to get down to London, this is it... if you happen to go along do let me know what you thought (the Wellcome Collection Gallery is very handily just opposite Euston Station)
Images: V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, and The National Archives