The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a new exhibition that celebrates the role of making and creating in our lives.

‘Power of Making’ is an exhibition about the breadth and depth of craft’s presence in modern life.

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The V&A in South Kensington

The V&A is presenting a selection of over 100 crafted objects, ranging from a wooden robot for Stephen Hawking to a paper coffin, a Fantastic Mr Fox puppet to a six-necked guitar called ‘The Beast’.

The showcases are examples of a diverse range of skills and new technologies, such as 3D printing.

The most stunning piece in the exhibition is the ‘Downlow low-rider custom bicycle designed by Ben Wilson from 2005. The unique hand built bike sparkles with 110,000 Swarovski crystals.

Fashion plays a huge role in the exhibition and how to explore new ways of creating dresses, materials and fabrics. Manel Torres created a fabrican spray-on dress, which looks like a white ruffled evening gown.

The Power of Making presents the ‘Armadillo shoes’ designed by Alexander McQueen in 2009.

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A giant gorilla made out of metal coat hangers by David Mach

Another exhibit is the widow dressmaker pin dress by Susie MacMurray – a dress entirely made out of pins.

‘Power of Making’ runs from 6 September 2011 until 2 January 2012.


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Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Tube Station: South Kensington