New Old – I’m An Art Installation!
I spent the afternoon as an “Art Installation” in a pop-up exhibition called New Old at the incredible new home of the Design Museum in London – High Street Kensington.
This special installation New Old by design and invention consultancy Special Projects was to explore the subject of enhancing the experience of our later lives and I was thrilled to be asked to take part.
People visiting the Design Museum New Old Exhibition were invited to ask me one question and I asked them a question in return. It was really fascinating and I loved it. I love meeting new people – friends I’ve never met! My ‘Questioners’ ranged in age from a 9.5 year old dancer to an 86 years old gentleman in a bowler hat. From students to engineers and a Japanese cookery school owner.
I was asked for advice about careers and finding direction in life to what made me so confident. One rather gorgeous dance student got me reminiscing about Marie Rambert of the Ballet Rambert School who I trained with in my 20s. When did I first fall in love? At 17 working in a riding school I fell in love with the owners son (which I wrote about in my book). To a young man wanting a career as a fashion designer who I encouraged to stick with his studies although he was finding things difficult with his tutors – stick through a difficult patch and keep your goal in sight.
To the ‘what makes me so confident’ question I replied that I thought mine came from people helping me when I was very young. Although it was wartime my parents were very supportive and get me up with great values and self-esteem. I’m aware that not everyone has been so lucky in this area which is why I am keen to give back and help where I can – it is never too late to make changes for the better.
The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design. It is a very beautiful place but does anyone else have trouble in ultra modern buildings finding the doors or how to open them?
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