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A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS-LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2019

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The Big Picture....a matter of scale.....painterly photographs, seven feet high, from my series "Falling in Love" are playfully framed in cardboard by Charlotte Lawton and Nicola Bell.

The Big Picture....a matter of scale.....painterly photographs, seven feet high, from my series "Falling in Love" are playfully framed in cardboard by Charlotte Lawton and Nicola Bell.

Whether personally or at work, life is not a solitary affair … its about creating connections, building relationships. In putting together a presentation for the London Design Festival, I come to rely on those friendships I’ve nutured over the years.
Preparing this installation was a more epic task than in previous years. Alluring opportunities presented themselves. Under the guidance and inspiration of creative director Wandjina Glasheen-Brown, I had the chance to exhibit the studio's work in the dreamily elegant Marylebone HQ of Jo Malone London…a prospect both thrilling and intimidating in its scale. At Emily Johnson's invitation I was able to create the Penny vase and indulge a fantasy for hand painting ceramics for 1882Ltd.
I worked with James Waddell at James Furniture to produce a set of sculpturally shaped coffee and side tables and continued a successful collaboration with Pinch London, upholstering their beautiful forms with my new jacquard designs.
Nikki Tibbles brought in her team of experts from Wild at Heart to create a floral wonderland and artist Dove Drury Hornbuckle worked his hand touched magic with a series of ceramic cake stands and platters.
And none of this would have been possible without keen consultation with set designer Charlotte Lawton and photographer /designer Brian Reyes.

Sofa and chaise from Pinch. Coffee table made in collaboration with James Furntiture. Various painted ceramics by Martyn Thompson for 1882Ltd and bronze bowls by Dove Drury Hornbuckle. All upholstery from the new Pink Cloud jacquard collection at MTS.

Sofa and chaise from Pinch. Coffee table made in collaboration with James Furntiture. Various painted ceramics by Martyn Thompson for 1882Ltd and bronze bowls by Dove Drury Hornbuckle. All upholstery from the new Pink Cloud jacquard collection at MTS.

Cloud mural by Charlotte Lawton. On the mantle are hand painted jugs for 1882Ltd with flowers from Wild at Heart. MTS ottomans in Dream "Pinkish".

Cloud mural by Charlotte Lawton. On the mantle are hand painted jugs for 1882Ltd with flowers from Wild at Heart. MTS ottomans in Dream "Pinkish".

The scale of it all.....

The scale of it all.....

The spotted Penny vase.

The spotted Penny vase.

Color balance....New jacquards and a painterly photograph from the "Falling in Love" series.

Color balance....New jacquards and a painterly photograph from the "Falling in Love" series.

My starting point is with the colors... what are the colors already in the room and what am I wanting to exhibit. In this instance I was focused on 2 new MTS jacquard textile collections: PINK CLOUD and THE ROSE. I am quite in love with color right now, all pinks and yellows...colors of happiness.

This wall is layered in photographic prints on butchers paper from my Tree series. Sitting on top are hand painted plates from 1882Ltd. Vintage dining chairs and pink throw upholstered in new MTS jacquards.

This wall is layered in photographic prints on butchers paper from my Tree series. Sitting on top are hand painted plates from 1882Ltd. Vintage dining chairs and pink throw upholstered in new MTS jacquards.

Hand painted plates from my new collection "Painted Ware" with 1882Ltd.

Hand painted plates from my new collection "Painted Ware" with 1882Ltd.

A Goddard sofa from Pinch upholstered in Dream Beige from the new Pink Cloud jacquard collection.

A Goddard sofa from Pinch upholstered in Dream Beige from the new Pink Cloud jacquard collection.

The black Penny vase from 1882Ltd in a fountain of forestry from Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart. Jacquard textiles from MTS.

The black Penny vase from 1882Ltd in a fountain of forestry from Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart. Jacquard textiles from MTS.

It's magical when the daylight is beautiful... The sun shone on London for the whole week of the festival and I hope I've captured its wonderfulness in these images... I'm always reluctant to turn the lights on....

A lampshade in Pink Peony tapestry with a Dove Drury Hornbuckle pedestal ceramic on an MTS jacquard patchwork.

A lampshade in Pink Peony tapestry with a Dove Drury Hornbuckle pedestal ceramic on an MTS jacquard patchwork.

ART OF DINING...... MTS AT THE NGV..... MAY 2019

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Art of Dining  A touch of bohemia from the Accidental Expressionist.

Art of Dining
A touch of bohemia from the Accidental Expressionist.

The Art of Dining is a triennial fundraiser held in Melbourne for the National Gallery of Victoira.This year's gala was inspried by Tiepolo’s ‘The Banquet of Cleopatra’, an evocation of lavish excess and one of the museum’s prize possessions. 

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Forty tables are presented by Australia’s leading artists, interior designers, couturiers, florists  stylists and retailers for a lavish and wildly creative masked gala held in the Great Hall at NGV International.
Martyn Thompson Studio was thrilled and honored to be asked by gallery director Tony Ellwood and design curator Simone Leamon to create the head table for the NGV.

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MTS interpreted the theme in the studio’s spirit of bohemia—it’s love of the artists process and the hand made.The table is styled like a Martyn Thompson still life photo. Our imagination transports us to a cool, exotic, flower filled conservatory. We feel comforted and safe under a canopy of fern. Life is in motion…a celebration of color, texture and light where we sense the human presence. The event is underway…the life being lived.

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Napkin Mania  Color balance is a key element to the studio's work... napkins were individually dyed to harmonize with the mismatched collection of chairs and upholstery and other paraphenalia.

Napkin Mania
Color balance is a key element to the studio's work... napkins were individually dyed to harmonize with the mismatched collection of chairs and upholstery and other paraphenalia.

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The Martyn Thompson Studio ethos of “The Accidental Expressionist” is brought into play here. The studio’s textiles and ceramics evoke the haphazard beauty of the painter's studio. The incidental marks of the artist; paint splatters, stains and specks, are elevated and transformed into woven fabrics that speak to the beauty of unconscious creation. Hand crafted ceramics by artist Dove Drury Hornbuckle mix with flea market finds and Martyn’s one-off hand painted plates. Vintage chairs have been refinished and reupholstered. Old and new collide in bohemian rhapsody, all capped in a cascade of flowery delight by Lou Clark from Floral and Found.

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Ceramic Wonderland  All the ceramics were made specifically for the exhibit. Martyn created this range of hand painted china on a recent visit to Stoke-on-Trent and MTS collaborator, Dove drury Hornbuckle, fashioned curious oversized spoons which served as salt and pepper containers and giant goblets as candlesticks

Ceramic Wonderland
All the ceramics were made specifically for the exhibit. Martyn created this range of hand painted china on a recent visit to Stoke-on-Trent and MTS collaborator, Dove drury Hornbuckle, fashioned curious oversized spoons which served as salt and pepper containers and giant goblets as candlesticks

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Art of Dining  A dozen different chairs were painted and lacquered to create an impression of antiquity and upholstered in a variety of MTS jacquards.

Art of Dining
A dozen different chairs were painted and lacquered to create an impression of antiquity and upholstered in a variety of MTS jacquards.

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Mother Nature rules.....  Melbourne based florist, Louise Clark, from Floral and Found, adds a touch of the exotic to our forest floor of MTS Dropcloth Moss with these divine dyed orchids.

Mother Nature rules.....
Melbourne based florist, Louise Clark, from Floral and Found, adds a touch of the exotic to our forest floor of MTS Dropcloth Moss with these divine dyed orchids.

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Flowers abound....  The floral theme continues. From the top...... a Dove Drury Hornbuckle petal plate, a Capodimonti tureen dripping in paint and crafty leather flower napkin rings.

Flowers abound....
The floral theme continues. From the top...... a Dove Drury Hornbuckle petal plate, a Capodimonti tureen dripping in paint and crafty leather flower napkin rings.

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Historical note..... Tieplolo’s “the Banquet of Cleopatra,” The love affair between the Roman consul Mark Antony (83–30 BC) and the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra (69–30 BC) was a popular subject for artists in the eighteenth century. The episode represented in Tiepolo’s painting is drawn from Pliny’s Natural History (written in AD 77). Here Pliny recounted the tale of a famous contest between the Egyptian and Roman rulers whereby Cleopatra wagered that she could stage a feast more lavish than the legendary excesses of Mark Antony. 

Tiepolo shows the dramatic moment at the end of Cleopatra’s repast when, faced with a still scornful Mark Antony, she wins the wager with her trump card. Removing one of a pair of priceless pearl earrings, Cleopatra dissolves it in a glass of vinegar and drinks it, thereby causing Mark Antony to lose his bet. 

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in the studio……another green world

in the studio……another green world