EDWINA EHRMAN – Senior Exhibitions Curator at the V&A.

Can you tell us a little about what you do and how you got into it?
My most recent exhibition ‘Fashioned From Nature’ is the first exhibition to place today’s concerns about the environmental impact of the fashion industry in a historical context. Focused on solutions, it celebrates the inherent creativity of fashion and asks: what can we learn from the past, and how can we design a better, more sustainable industry. I’ve always been intrigued by ‘things’ and the multiple stories they tell so working in a museum is the perfect job for me.

How do you deal with challenges – do you have any practical tips or advice?
Weigh up the options, decide what’s non-negotiable and where you can compromise, then move on.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Learn from your mistakes, share them but don’t dwell on them.

Have you got a book or podcast recommendations?
I dip into the poet Jean Sprackland’s book Strands. It describes the regular rediscovery of things: it’s lyrical, meditative and thought provoking.