Hermes @ Saatchi

At this time of year many people flock to Chelsea in order to attend the Chelsea Flower Show. Thousands come to admire the gardens on display. However, this year, there is another reason to hop westbound onto the district line: the artisans of Hermes have set up shop at the Saatchi Gallery and are inviting Londoners into their world.

This exhibition is reminiscent of last year’s offering at Burlington Gardens however this time around we are not only given a look into the brands leather secrets but an education behind the painting of the Hermes China, watchmaking and screen printing of their stunning silk scarves. As before, the real people who handcraft the products in France are here in London to give us a first hand understanding of their work. Many are aided in their English with a translator, reinforcing the ‘french-ness’ of the brand. Visitors are also encouraged to ask questions and interact, giving a personal experience.

The exhibition is part of a global tour, having just flown in from China and will continue to Dusseldorf. For anyone interested in accessories and in need of a break from flower overload this exhibition is definitely for you!

The Hermes Festival des Metiers is on display at Saatchi Gallery until May 27

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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