Sunday, 10 March 2013
We celebrate Mothering Sunday in Britain today. I made this drawing from a sculpture at the V and A's Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, East London a couple of days ago. I regret I failed to make a note of its maker because there was a constant stream of excited kids stopping to touch its silky well-loved terracotta surface.
The Museum of Childhood is just a short walk across Victoria Park from me and a favourite destination for my grandchildren as well as my own inner child. Being the most benign and child-friendly of spaces, there can be a dementing amount of noise and clatter but never mind.
Have a look at the Museum's website and be transported and enchanted. There is something nostalgic for all ages - the museum archives the latest trends in toys as well as some of the most exquisite antique dolls, doll houses and rocking horses. Curators over time have made sure to document changing conditions of childhood, always with insight and tenderness.
Inspired, I made this little animation with the help of my i-phone to celebrate my grandson Storm's "white belt senior" in Choi Kwang Do.
images © Rosie West
Posted by Rose C'est La Vie at 16:12