Thursday, May 14, 2015

Neo classic cover version


This weekend gone, I discovered, or perhaps uncovered that a Robert Adam chimney piece in the Georgian house where I work was uncannily similar to a frieze from a temple in Pompei.  So similar that I just had to dig a bit further.  Turns out Pompei was re- activated as a serious archaeological dig in 1748 - Robert Adam was on his Grand Tour in the early 1750s and the house built in 1756 so he would definitely have had to have been seen there with the highfaloutin, (and perhaps some feckless rich hoi polloi) stars of the art and design world showing off where they had been.  
Design trainspotters.  
Still beautiful.

Monday, March 30, 2015

George McGregor



Well now. I had not realised this was a playlist.  After a cracking start (turn it up, sit back) I can't really vouch for the rest...although Shangri-La is definitely making it onto my iTunes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Everytime.


I grow my hair long...then I see something that absolutely makes me change my mind.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Wunderkammer


I just accepted the post of Assistant House Steward with the National Trust.  I'm not sure that has sunk in yet.  The property has the most wonderful wunderkammer that is not often open to the public. A cabinet of curiosities collected, as you did, by the owner's family throughout  the 17th and 18th centuries.   My favourite thing, out of all the rags, bones and hanks of hair is a squarely linked necklace, that looks Elizabethan and is probably Indian.  It has the look of the gaudy baubles of the Shakespearean stage.  You know the ones in the portraits, framed against the black silk after all that lace edging and looking all a bit ladybird book simplistic.  In real life, the portrait painter has clearly depicted it perfectly.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cheesecloth


I like this a lot.
I have been consistently, if lazily, on the lookout for a slubby, lineny, loose weave, work wear, hempy fabric with a view to making...something up since last year.  I became obsessed with cheesecloth.  
I bought an xxs 70s man's shirt of the classic blue checked cheesecloth off eBay, which gives me great pleasure.  But a fabric that was shirt or trouser weight was elusive at a good price.  Eventually I found a retired dressmaker selling off bolts.   Upon arrival it was not white, however, but yellowed magnolia with a green and mustard check and looks like would it be quite at home, once made up, with a food stain down it.  So the dye project is on.  Black.   Probably using Burda 6907 with some alterations to make them more like this (it's the hems).
I am still quietly working on the underwear project by the way.  A couple of tweaks and it's there.  Pardon the pun.