Wednesday 17 November 2010

I met her in a club down in old Soho... Where you drink Champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola...

I am so happy to tell you that I have been fortunate enough to have an article published in the USA's Somerset Life....all about my Keepsake Boxes.

Somerset Life Magazine is absolutely gorgeous! I knew it would be but seeing it in the flesh has been a true thrill. We have nothing like it in the UK. Full of inspirational art and ideas.
The Somerset Life team took the photographs of my Keepsake Boxes. They worked real magic with their creative sensitivity.

Thank you to the Somerset Life team. It has been a real priviledge.
You may remember in my last post that robryan has an Exhibition at Stafford's Shire Hall Gallery.
All I can say is WOW!!!! It is a jaw droppingly fabulous Exhibition. I can't begin to tell you how many original incredibly intricate papercuts are on display, all sizes.

I can't imagine how hard everyone must have worked behind the scenes and Mr. Ryan too, to put this collection together. A thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational Exhibition.

Ceramics inspired by Staffordshire's pottery industry.
The original illustrations for Carol Ann Duffy's book 'The Gift'.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these few snaps I took last Monday. The Exhibition runs through to 9th January.

Thanks so much for stopping by. x

Saturday 6 November 2010

I've never been closer, I've tried to understand, that certain feeling, carved by another's hand...

Having a little space to sell at The Wear-House means I am constantly tempted by other seller's gorgeous stock...such as this, which I am afraid, I could not resist.
I believe the basis of the quilt dates back to the late 1700's (I could be wrong). I also believe that it had been eaten by moth and had degraded sufficiently for someone (quite a long time ago) to use the original quilt as a basis for another. Whoever, took a great deal time and trouble to overlay more fabric and quilt it with running stitches, in a diamond pattern. These two layers have been applied to hand woven linen.
I purchased this treasure, this week, with most of the top layer of fabrics missing (moth and someone has chopped an awful lot away). It doesn't look up to much, but take a closer peek...
The most sublime, faded, textural, layered, rotted, moth eaten, stitched piece of linen imaginable! I have the perfect place for's going on the wall in my sitting room, so I can sit and look at it in all it's glory.

I was also temped by this war time child's coat. It's only didi.

Here are a few pics taken recently at The Wear-House, Ludlow, Shropshire...see what I mean?

If you would like to see more, here is the blog

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