Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Some projects are presented at the back of the book, and they made me inclined to get out my sewing-machine and paint brush again, and think twice before I go shopping.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Linda Grant writes with authority and enthusiasm, and her own vignettes of outfits worn give the essays fascinating detail. I was fascinated by her description of 19th century department stores as empowering public spaces for women, as it's easy to extrapolate from them to etsy, ebay, and indeed the predominantly consumer-focussed internet as a whole.
I'd question Grant's persistent need to defend fashion, to take issue with the notion that a fascination with clothes is the mark of an inherently frivolous mind. Better to pass such issues off with more dismissiveness, or indeed to note how essential frivolity is. I also thought that the book showed its blog roots a bit too clearly - it could have been strengthened by paring it down to cater for the reader who goes through it in one or two sittings and doesn't want so much reinforcement of opinions.
But it's a diverting read, and I haven't been able to leave the house since finishing it without remembering that "a good handbag makes the outfit".
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Karen says of her work
I'm trying to recreate the experience found when a room is bathed in strong sunlight, transforming simple human things, chairs, beds, paper bags, into objects of beauty.(Image from the Paintings by Karen Hollingsworth website)
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
My friend Tara has had her kitchen floor tiled with these wonderful black and white tiles (yes, they sparkle - there are little pieces of quartz in each tile). I have my eye on something similar in sea-green and white for a clean, classical look in the bathroom updating project that's lined up next.
And it's so nice to see oilcloth that isn't in the usual cottage style (much though I like a very minor touch of Cath Kidston).