Yearly Archives: 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all those who find their way to this blog. May 2014 be a healthy, happy and prosperous year for you. The countryside around Bath has been hit by floods over the Christmas holiday but it has … Continue reading

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Spitalfield’s Silk

Spitalfields was where the silk weaving industry started in London by the Huguenots. The Huguenots were French protestants who fled Catholic France from the 16th century. By 1710, 40,000-50,000 Huguenots had made their way to England. About half settled in … Continue reading

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A Georgian Lady’s Dressing Table

The dressing table mirrors of the late 18th century were often draped with muslin or other diaphanous material. I have never heard a definite reason for this but there are several prints and paintings showing this trend. Many of the … Continue reading

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Worcester Factory

We have a new card C241 showing Worcester cups from the Georgian period.   Dr Wall and his 14 partners purchased Lund and Miller, a Bristol china factory, in 1751. The early pieces were very much influenced by Chinese imports … Continue reading

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Pride & Prejudice

It is 200 years since the publishing of Jane Austen’s novel Pride & Prejudice in 1813. Sophie at The Jane Austen Centre in Bath asked me to design a poster to commemorate this anniversary. I decided to concentrate on the … Continue reading

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Collective Nouns for Animals and People

Here is a little more on the collective nouns design. Several people have asked me what inspired the collective nouns wrapping paper and cards. Firstly when my children were small they had a Ladybird book called ‘The Ladybird book of … Continue reading

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Ice and Flowers

Here we are deep in snow. Bath is looking lovely albeit it is almost impossible to go anywhere and it is really treacherous on foot. 3 cars were completely stuck in our lane this morning. The ice is like glass. … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Before Christmas I listened to a radio programme in which a lady who worked for  the publisher Constable & Robinson Ltd was discussing the most popular books their company publishes. One of the most popular authors was called M. C. … Continue reading

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