Monday 24 September 2018

We drew the Design Museum and Holland Park - September 2018

(Nicky Browne writes)  On 22 September, we sketched at the Design Museum and Holland Park, in Kensington.  A keen group of sketchers turned up, although the rain started as we arrived and continued until lunchtime, when it then started to pour seriously.

There was not a dry moment to enjoy the large park and formal gardens, the Japanese Garden with peacocks and the early 17th century mansion. But some hardy souls tried and succeeded, even doing watercolours in the rain. 

The sensible sat under the iconic Design Museum's capacious overhanging roof or, even better, drew in the warm interior.  This Grade Two listed landmark was built in the 1960s as the Commonwealth Institute but was renovated for its current, very appropriate purpose.  The temporary installation of a huge textile airship proved a popular sketching challenge. 

The rain encouraged quite large crowds to see the last of their temporary exhibition of the work of the couturier Azzedine Ala├»a, so the building was busy.  However, Urban Sketchers always find quiet corners to observe and draw. 
The photographs are by Nicky Browne and Olga Mackness