The Vanity of Small Differences

Grayson Perry In the Best Possible Taste Tapestry Upper Class at Bay Victoria Miro

The Upper Class at Bay – Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry is my new favourite person. The last few weeks have seen him presenting a 3 part documentary on the UK’s Channel 4, called, ‘In the Best Possible Taste’. In these documentaries, his main aim was to explore what makes British people buy what they do, wear what they wear and what they are trying to say about themselves through the making of these choices. From this ‘research’, he would create a series of 6 tapestries, inspired by Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’, depicting working class to upper class taste, and everything in between.

Adoration of the Cage Fighters Grayson Perry Channel 4 In Best Possible Taste

The Adoration of the Cage Fighters – Grayson Perry

The documentary itself was fascinating, making a topic that could have been a little too high brow or mocking, incredibly entertaining, and I found myself asking questions about my own decisions when it came to adorning myself or my interiors. All of the people he interviewed gave such interesting insights into their own design decisions, and the tapestries he created really do depict British taste in 2012 perfectly! I love that in hundreds of years time, people might look back on these huge tapestries to get an insight into British life in the 21st century.

Annunciation of the Virgin Deal Grayson Perry In Best Possible Taste Tapestry

The Annunciation of the Virgin – Grayson Perry

These tapestries are incredible works of art, being 2 x 4m in size. Each tapestry has an amazing amount of detail and uses the most wonderful, vivid colour, emphasised by the various textures of fibers used.

If you are feeling as inspired by these tapestries as I am, you can watch the documentaries on Channel 4OD, whilst they are still available, or you can go and see them in person at the Victoria Miro gallery in Islington, London until August 11, 2012. I’m definitely going to try to get down to London before the exhibition ends!

What artists and designers have been inspiring you recently? Share in the comments section below.


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