When Rory Met Rodin: Rory Hutton at The British Museum
‘Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece’ opens at The British Museum today. I have been anticipating this exhibition with even more excitement than usual and here’s why…
I have the great honor of seeing my own creations in the accompanying exhibition shop.
For this exhibition I supplied ladies scarves, featuring my new classical prints. This is my first time to design ladies accessories and I am so excited to share the results. The scarves are 100% silk and measure 90x90cm, more surface area than the pocket squares I am accustomed to! I have loved working on this grand scale.
When I lived in London, for over seven years, The British Museum was like a second home. I dreamed away many weekends marveling at the museums treasures and my sketchbooks from this period are filled with beautiful and bizarre objects from the collections.
I am a huge advocate of sketching and I always carry a small A6 sketchbook in my pocket. It’s like an illustrated diary of my life where I jot down small inspirations as they present themselves. The prints for these scarves were first sparked from sketches of architectural ornaments I made in Edinburgh’s New Town. The New Town is a perfectly formed eighteenth century ideal of a classical city. In developing the prints I was drawn once again to The British Museum and I have since immersed myself in all things Greek and Roman.
My drawings soon became lino-cuts, the act of cutting the blocks of lino, homage to the ancient sculptors. The carved quality and the deliberate imperfections in the prints lend them an ancient quality, which I find really appealing.
I have enjoyed my lino printing experience so much that I am developing this new handwriting in all kinds of directions. I have even taken the technique on a trip into my beloved eighteenth century but more on that in September!
The eighteenth century is a period that has always fascinated me and it is this period that inspired my exploration of ancient Greece and Rome. The curiosity, which captivated the enlightened eighteenth century imagination, appeals to my sensibilities, a curiosity about the natural world, far distant shores and ancient civilisations, a fascination which informed the artistic output of the period.
This same curiosity underpins my own work and just like Rodin in the nineteenth century and many artists and designers before and after him the majesty of the Parthenon marbles and the lesser known but equally awe inspiring sculptures of ancient civilisations continue to influence how we see the world today.
To learn more about Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece visit: The British Museums Website
I am currently working on a new collection for my website, which will launch at the end of May. The collection entitled ‘Child of Zeus’ after a line from Homer’s Odyssey will continue to explore the classical theme, which has captivated my imagination. The Navy and white scarf featured in this blog was the starting point for the new collection and is available for pre-orders here.