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New Book about Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been the backdrop to our homes for hundreds of years Wallpaper can make a home feel modern or traditional, and is one of the easiest ways to express personal taste.  It has also had an important part to play in British homes, reflecting technological, economic and social change. Whether or not you have wallpaper […]

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Cecilia Hughes: Katagami Stencils

Staring at the stencil, layers of a mind-warping visual unfold. The katagami cutout, housed in the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MODA), at first glance seems an abstract optical illusion, its two-toned linear patterns almost moving on the surface. On closer observation, individual sparrows, each unique, emerge from the background. This Japanese stencil dates […]

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Anders Myrset: Banknotes from a desperate period

Three banknotes.  Three snippets of paper.  Three different prints, but with a single purpose: exchanging goods.  A form of unofficial currency produced in Weimar Germany in response to the hyperinflation of the 1920s. A collection of sixty German bank notes, or ‘notgeld’, from that troubled era are held by Middlesex University’s MoDA (Museum of Domestic […]

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Job Applications: Top Ten Tips!

We’ve developed these tips after reading literally hundreds of job applications over the years. This advice applies to getting a job here at MoDA, but it’s equally applicable to getting a job elsewhere. Most big employers have a standard process so if you understand the rules of the game it might make it easier to […]

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‘Waves’ dance performance film

Caroline Collinge explains the thinking behind her costumed dance performance Inspired by Japanese paper stencils used within traditional textile printing of kimonos, Caroline’s film Waves draws on the rich textile culture of Japan and the traditional art of paper folding ‘origami’. The title of the piece was suggested by the water and wave inspired patterns that are […]

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‘Making Waves’ – a documentary film by students

Students from Middlesex University’s TV Production course have produced a really interesting short documentary, as part of MoDA’s Katagami in Practice project. The project was set as a ‘live brief’ for the students.  The aim was to make a documentary film which followed practitioner Caroline Collinge in the process of filming a dance performance.  Caroline’s […]

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