Selnec and Harriet investigate: The Museum of Everything (Primose Hill) - Exhibition 3.
Selnec and Harriet investigate is an original illustrated series created by designer David Longshaw for Fashion156. Each issue the pair interview a key industry figure and meditate on the issues theme. For our current issue they discuss grandeur with Mary Katrantzou. Recently they made the leap from our features page to our blog when they invited us to the ballet. In their latest adventure they visit The Museum of Everything where Harriet learns she better not misbehave.
'Pop on your lead Harriet, we're off to Primrose Hill!'
‘We, going celebrity wife swapping?’
‘No we are bloody not- I’ve spoken to you about this before- it’s not happening, for a start it’d be bestiality and you’re too young for all of that, now calm yourself. We’re off to The Museum of Everything-3. It’s the third instalment (the last one was at Tate Modern!) this one’s hosted by Sir Peter Blake.’
‘That beardy, Beatles cover, ex RCA, pop artist chap?’
‘Yep, he collects self-taught artists work and ephemera acording to the leaflet.
It’s crammed with all sorts of stuff from kitsch shell covered creations, to puppets, vintage side show banners and something that I want you to see in particular- Walter Potter’s Museum of Curiosity’.
‘Why’d you want me to see that ”in particular”?’
‘As a warning of what I might do with you if you don’t start behaving yourself!’
'I don’t like the sound of that!’
‘Well in some ways you might like it. I mean I could get you some friends and dress you all up in litle scenes inspired by Potter’s work.’
‘What the hell are you going on about, you cryptic begger?’
‘Well Walter Potter was around in the Victorian era and his museum of curiosities attracted people from all around to see his scenes of little furry creatures (such as rabbits) dressed up, squirells boxing or reading mini newspapers in a miniature drawing room, mice serving tea or playing card games.’
‘That sounds fun, why wouldn’t I like that?’
‘Well mainly because it’s a taxidermy collection, so you’d be dead then stuffed, then dressed up and then put in to the little scenes.’
‘I’m calling the RSPCA. You won’t let me go celebrity wife swapping and now you’re threatening to stuff me, dress me up and put me in a bloody museum for people to gawk at.’
‘Well I did say it would be a punishment for misbehaving!’
The Museum of Everything
Open Wednesday – Sunday
10:30am – 6:30pm
On the corner of Regents Park Road and Sharpleshall Street NW1.
Admission is in theory FREE (but you do feel very obliged to pay the suggested £3 donation).
See more here.
Images courtesy of David Longshaw.
Posted by David Longshaw