Monday, September 21, 2009

Sands Studios & Rotherhithe Picture Library

It's not often you get to see inside the Sands Studios Costume Dept and Dressmaking/Millinery Studio. I got a sneak peak on Sunday. The Rotherhithe Picture Library (Below) is a vast collection of visual references for sets, costumes and many more subjects. It is made up of 1000's of large books classified by themes, countries and historical periods, in which researchers can find pictorial reference. It's open to the public and is wonderfully disorganised. Photocopies are 10p, and black and white only. Which is all you really need since all the references are so old. Brilliant, bizarre little corner of South Bank.

Part of the Architecture Open House, London, Sunday. Had a brilliant day with my dad, and a bunch of retired St Martins teachers from Architecture and Ceramics. One of whom had the best laugh I have ever heard, and would flap his arms as he chuckled, head flailing. I love genuinely eccentric old English men. Especially Scholarly ones who didn't go to Public School and have a good old London accent.

The Studios also have a Cinema Club every Tuesday. There's 25 seats, all old mismatched arm chairs. "In homage to the programming of Art House Cinemas of a bygone era". Out of print, rare films from around the World you won't see elsewhere. It's run on donations.

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