Category: Bexhill on Sea

Ladybird by Design

I’ve been meaning to visit the Dela Warr Pavilion to see the Ladybird by Design exhibition since it opened at the end of January. Working in Children’s publishing it had to be a must see! Glorious sunshine over the past couple of days so drove to Bexhill on Sea. Curated by Lawrence Zeegan and accompanied with a book, it’s a fascinating step back in time. The exhibition focuses on Ladybird books from  the ‘Golden Era’ – 1958 until 1973 with over 200 of the original illustrations on display. Ladybird books portrayed an idyllic childhood in a handy, affordable format. Often encouraging children to explore and experiment without health and safety getting in the way.

The books are separated into sections ‘Design’,  ‘Early Learning’, ‘History and Achievements’, ‘Society and Public Services’,  ‘Science and Hobbies’ and ‘Environments’. The latter a particular favourite showing wonderful ‘Shopping with Mother’ illustrations by Harry Wingfield from the late 50’s. There’s also the opportunity for visitors to sit down in the foyer and have a rifle through many of the books. A great exhibition and well worth a visit!

De la Warr Pavilion

Spent a gloriously sunny afternoon at the De la Warr Pavilion (DLWP) and nearby beach.

I really enjoyed the exhibitions at the DLWP. Firstly Ivan Chemayeff who has made a big impact on the world of advertising and design. He also happens to be the son of  Serge Chermayeff, one of DLWPs architect’s. This exhibition shows some of his commercial work for companies including Mobil and his personal work including many prints and collages. They’re fun and playful incorporating  letters, colourful shapes and magazine cuttings. Interesting too to see pages from his children’s books. They remind me of Paul and Anne Rands children’s books from the 50s and 60s.

The Otto Dix exhibition in contrast shows a series of etchings  (Der Kreig) depicting the savages of  the 1st World War. As a German soldier in the front line he experienced first hand the atrocities of war. Wonderfully drawn and using the etching process to maximum effect, he depicts many scenes from people escaping air attack to enlisting troops.

Not a day to spend too much time indoors so enjoyed a drink on the balcony and did some sketching. I moved outside afterwards and sketched the surrounding area. The DLWP is a great example of 1930’s architecture and I enjoyed drawing it. I have included a few drawings here and more will be on show at my exhibition at the St Annes Gallery in September.