‘All the better to see you with , my dear.’
This is quite a small display at the V&A. However, the collection encompasses a strong selection of ceramics that are inspired by folk and fairytales. Folk and fairytales exist in all cultures. Their traditional purpose is to divert, instruct and caution. Often they explore some act of deception, loss of innocence and the maturity of a child to adultness. Some of the ceramics or items in this collection are said to contain supernatural powers such as the Chinese bixie guardian and the English witch balls.
Collectively these items represent a wide range of periods and cultural traditions. They each demonstrate the power of fairytales, myths and magic upon the youthful imagination. These fascinations have been expressed through decorative arts throughout the world.
This exhibition reminded me of Stella McCartneys autumn/winter disney adverts. These adverts have natural innnuendos and folk and fairytale essences. I shall use this advert as inspiration for designer references to Nature in Design.