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Beauty v’s the Beast – The war within (Prize Giveaway)

Deirdre Dyson has always looked at the natural world for inspiration. How far can we actually go beyond the surface of nature for new ideas? As far as a cell?

But before we might even attempt to do that, we could start by rediscovering and understanding our relationship with our oldest, tiniest enemies.

With Covid-19 on the forefront of everyone’s minds and lips, it certainly has encouraged us all to think and live microscopically, as our working and private environments becoming more concentrated and restricted; life and freedom itself has had its boundaries substantially reduced.    

 

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The battle between viruses and cells goes back over 4 billion years of evolution. Cousins at heart, whilst enemies at play, the game of conquest continues. Not too far from science fiction, opportunistic viruses attack healthy cells with the sole aim to replicate and take control of the host.

For centuries the complexity of life and the universe has captivated the human imagination and study and created a science around the subject in order to understand it better and to create positive interventions in order to survive within it.

Looking at the bigger picture, the universe, our solar system, planetary forms and the patterns of galaxies far and beyond all replicate down to within microns of a single cell. It’s an amazing mirroring that follows through existence and in every living thing, whether animal or plant.

A single cell, with all its layers and core, resembles many planet structures including our own planet Earth. Credit: Biologyexams4u.com.

The human body is made up of 120 trillion cells all coexisting to create a unique life force-a living, breathing, thinking human.

Our immune system has developed over millions of years in the form of protective proteins cells. These white blood cells are the guardians of our bodies’ immune system all working in unison by instruction from our unique DNA, found at the core of each and every cell; within the Nucleus.

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Every time our bodies come under attack from a virus, our defence system is kicked into gear by our cells, each one connected to the other and sending warning signals to pull up the appropriate antibody. Our personal record and library of virus attack is stored in the bone marrow and our bodies can recognise a virus through this library, knowing exactly which antibody to use in order to attack the virus.

 

 

 

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Viruses are around us all the time, in the air, on every surface. They have co-evolved alongside cells and are made up of the remnant parts of our own cells, hence they are equipped to attack us in the most efficient and deceitful way.

Unfortunately, we do not have antibodies for every single virus, as we are only ever exposed to a fraction of viruses in existence. Hence, we rely on science and medical intervention when a new virus, particularly a Zoonotic virus transfers from animal to human.

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The irony of it all is that this battle continues for one reason only; in order to shape us for our own survival as we continue to evolve and exist within this vast and complex mix of everything, that is both good, bad, near, far and within. 

GIVEAWAY

Can you spot the odd one out? One of these images is an actual Deirdre Dyson carpet design and isn’t a virus structure at all, perfectly illustrating how replication is in everything around us.

Please email your answer to sales@deirdredyson.com

Hint: The answer can be found on our website.

One lucky entry will be selected at random from all correct answers received and will be sent a “Walking on Art’” book by Deirdre Dyson (rrp £38), published by Thames and Hudson in order to keep you #INspired during lockdown.

All entries must be received by the 28th May, 2020 and the winner will be announced along with the correct answer on the 1st June, 2020.


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Some Lovely Feedback!

 My favourite carpet design from Walking on Art is Devil’s Bit Scabious and Romance because they are so beautiful, imaginative and explosive.

A lovely thank you letter to Deirdre that accompanied a re-colouring of Deirdre’s archive design SUGAR RUSH.

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Deirdre Dyson stages a one-off exhibition For London Design Festival 2016

Fine art interpreted through the brush and the loom

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From Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24 September 2016, Deirdre Dyson will hold a one-off exhibition of her fine art at the Deirdre Dyson Gallery 554 Kings Road, London SW6 2DZ.

Lady Dyson will curate a small selection of her artwork to hang alongside her carpet designs, bringing to life the concept of Walking on Art – depicting, through realized pieces, how she interprets her artistic vision through both paint-brush and loom.

This unique event is being staged as part of the 2016 London Design Festival and we are proud to be the Chelsea Design Quarter LDF District’s Design Hub for the week, providing complementary wifi to visitors.

Deirdre Dyson says:

“My passion has always been to explore form and colour and this is a key part of my approach to carpet design.  I aim to create something that is more a work of art than simply a carpet.  I recently wrote a book, entitled “Walking on Art”, which talks about the processes and techniques that go into creating my carpets and rugs.  Through this exhibition, I hope to bring alive some of the content of the book – it’s very exciting.”

Visitors will be able to see paintings such as ‘Paper and Stone’ and ‘Pinched Vase and Grasses’, as well as other large-scale pieces of art.  Deirdre Dyson’s latest collections of contemporary carpets will also be on display throughout the four-storey Gallery, completely transformed last year by architect Timothy Hatton.  The roof terrace will be open for browsers to contemplate everything on display and relax a while before heading off to see the other design treasures our neighbours in the Chelsea Design Quarter have to offer.

 

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Our 2016 Collection to be revealed at Maison et Objet, Paris

Maison et Objet 2016

We are extremely excited to reveal all nine new designs in Deirdre’s collection for 2016 Walking on Art.

The collection has been called after Deirdre’s book of the same name detailing her evolution from fine artist to carpet designer, the design process itself and also catalogues all her carpet designs, together with a substantial number of background sketches and drawings, from the past fifteen years.

All the new designs are hand-knotted in wool and silk and to a greater or lesser extent include grading which requires not only Deirdre’s singular talent for colour selection in the design, but also the hugely skilled craftsmanship of our artisan weavers in Nepal.

See us on Stand G34, Hall 7 from Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 26th January, Maison et Objet Parc des Expositions, Villepinte, Paris.


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Deirdre Dyson Book Signing for LDF 21st September

Walking on Art

On the evening of Monday 21st September, Deirdre will hold a one-off book signing of ‘Walking on Art: Explorations in Carpet Design’ in her newly unveiled Carpet Gallery.

Walking on Art

This is part of a special late opening event to celebrate London Design Festival and will take place from 6-8pm at 554 Kings Road, in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter.

‘Walking on Art’ is published by Thames & Hudson and described by Sir Terence Conran as A book that should be treasured by designers of interiors.

Come and enjoy a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne in our newly remodelled gallery space which has been radically redesigned by Timothy Hatton Architects  incorporating a spectacular patinated staircase designed by Timothy Hatton and crafted by New York based architectural metalworker William R. Nitzberg.

Click here for details of other #LDF15 Chelsea Design Quarter events on 21st.

554 Kings Road