This weekend I visited the V&A Museum of Childhood, a lovely museum near Bethnal Green, East London.
Apart from the superb array of toys from bygone eras, there was an exhibition of TV characters created by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. I hold Bagpuss and The Clangers (along with other TV characters such as Fingerbobs, Pipkins and Mary, Mungo and Midge. Morph, Trumpton) responsible for getting me interested in creating and making.
I loved the stories, animation, puppets and plasticine so much, that I wanted to create my own world. And I did (I still do).
If you get a chance to visit the exhibition, you will learn that The Clangers’ attire was based on an outfit that Twiggy wore (who knew!)
Of course, I was very inspired by my visit to the museum (I always am). So, now I’m thinking of what kind of art project we can do? Perhaps, the children can create their own 3D character and make up a story about their adventures … oh the possibilities.
The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co exhibition is on till 9th October, but do check out what else is on too at the museum, because during holiday times there will be workshops for children, so you can make a day of it!