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 is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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