26 Treasures – the latest

And the pieces came in – 62 words and a title. Some stories, some poems. Some deeply personal, some reflective. A few sweet and moving, a couple very funny. By 15 July, we had 26 pieces, one for each of our 26 treasures. Their next journey? To the V&A for the team there to enjoy and send to design.

While the editorial team and the writers have been sending words back and forth, designer Dan Oparison has been working night and day on our website. He’s combined his design skills and our beautiful identity from our friends atPearlfisher to create something rather special. And we’re proud to announce its launch.

www.26treasures.com – home to our biggest participatory project yet. (Thanks, Dan.)

We’ve also been filming. With the help of a brilliant filmmaker called Uche Olivia Ogbonnah (Olive Media Productions). To bring as much life to the website as possible, we thought we’d create a short promotional film for 26 Treasures. Come back to the website in a couple of weeks to watch. (Thanks, Uche.)

In other news. The V&A and Pentagram – who are designing our words – are working closely with the London Design Festival to create our treasure trail. We’ve spoken to magazines about appearing in guides, articles and features. Jessie Simmons has taken some beautiful photographs of the 26 treasures. These will appear on the website when the exhibition pieces go live online (during the Festival).

And of course there’s the online summer exhibition. Because of the overwhelming response to our call for participants, we invited over 100 writers to respond to the project’s brief. From mid-August, these responses will appear on our website. It’s not too late to join in – ask Rob or John for the brief.

So that’s your summer sorted. You can follow our blog through our website, where you can see videos, photos, then personal reflections on objects across the V&A from August. Then we’d like you to enjoy 26 Treasures at the Museum between 18-26 September 2010. Look forward to seeing you there.

On Twitter? Follow @26Treasures for all the latest.

If you have ideas for further publicising this flowering project, please contact Robrob.selfpierson@gmail.com or John johnsimmons@blueyonder.com

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