Recently visited the kensington palace area and it’s gardens which I found very peaceful and relaxing. Having visited a new area it allowed me to expand my mind more and not feeling restricted inside. In my view I felt that the visit to the palace and the gardens was very inspiring and exciting to go too. This is because by entering the palace it allowed me to understand the history of what happened within the palace. This experience also helped me to see how it was the home of members of the royal family since 1689. By going around different areas of the palace it helped to see how the palace is divided into two areas- a private wing where the members of the royal had their homes and the historic state apartments. These rooms contained the individual displays which revealed many stories of the palace.
This tour of the palace has helped me to develop my ideas for my work because it has allowed me to focus on both the past and the present and see in what ways they would work together. Furthermore it allowed me to look further into the different materials and processes that were used within the paintings and tapestries. Also the palace demonstrated to me that the different areas were created in a certain way that would fit a member of the royal family for example, King George II, George I, Queen Anne, Queen Mary, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary II. In my view, when looking deeper into the paintings it allowed me to see how the different textures and surfaces combined well together to allow the paintings to respond to each other in such a way that would compel the audience to look at it. Furthermore within using the contextual research provided from the exhibition called ‘Fashion Rules’ helped me to see what types of garments where used for the members of the royal family at the time and for what occasion they would wear it for.
By visiting the exhibition over the weekend, it allowed me to come up with questions such as:
- In what ways were the artists inspired to create garments like this?
- What decisions did the artists and designers come up with at the time?
- How did the artists and designers resolve any issues that came across whilst they were creating the garments and paintings?
- What did the artists and designers learn from the materials and processes they used?
- How did the members of the royal family feel when they were painted?
- What other hobbies did the members of the royal family have at the time when they were staying in the Kensington Palace?
- What were the responses of the members of the royal family towards the paintings that were created at the time?
- Did they feel any pleasure when looking at the paintings/ the transformation of the Kensington Palace?
- In what ways did the members of the royal family feel connected with the Kensington Palace?
- What types of theories came up towards the royal family at the time?
Here are some photos from my experience at the Kensington Palace