The Bowes Museum

My second trip to look at a collection was to the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. I am starting to think about making my collecting of visual assets less controlled and directed. However looking at the Bowes Museum made me realize that there are dangers in doing this. A collection without direction is just a lot of stuff. A museum can become like a storage facility.

In interesting discovery came from seeing the North Country Quilts exhibition. Here I realised that quilting is not patch work. Some of the older quilts showed some interesting pattern forms and pattern development.

I was interested in the floor in the reception area which had a variety of pattern combinations that were interrupted by columns and stairs