Made By Mrs M

New Patterns and a trip to the V&A

Kate Marsden

A couple of weeks ago I headed off to the V&A to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition. The exhibition itself was fab (albeit rather crowded) and as usual at the V&A photography wasn't allowed, so I won't be sharing much of that! What I can say though is that the final room, which contains a selection pieces from her wardrobe is just amazing and the exhibition is well worth visiting if you can.


I made the most of my time there and revisited the Fashion and Tapestry galleries (off which is the Costume and Theatre gallery which I'd somehow never seen before - well worth a trip in itself) and decided to do a bit of sketching. I'm always quite self concious sketching in public as my drawings aren't always great when I feel rushed (and I'm standing up) and people tend to lean over to see what you're doing (or actually comment!) but I decided to just go for it.

I was on the look out for some different motifs to use in pattern designs and somehow ended up really drawn to florals, as well as some bolder abstract shapes in the costume gallery.


In the tapestry gallery (which has THE BEST aircon...) I was drawn to the details in the amazing tapestries (dating from the 1500s) and found these rather wonderful flowers.

Now as is often the way with me, when inspiration strikes I have to just go with it! I turned my drawings into repeat patterns which I coloured to match my current designs and I was really pleased with the results...

Tapestry Flowers Repeat.jpeg
Agapanthus Repeat.jpeg
Costume Repeat.jpeg

And so I decided to get them sampled on fabric. All three fabric designs are now available to pre-order here - they look great alongside my A-Z fabric (if I say so myself!).


I'm also having a bit of a studio clearout at the moment, so do pop over to the shop to grab a bargain. Hopefully once I can see the floor again I'll be able to get on with some new work for the autumn!


Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up is at the V&A until Sunday 4 November 2018.