Monthly Archives: November 2013

art is young

We found two pieces like this some time back ; intended for the wall they were but, we have made them into trays, and that’s an unexpected turn in their story I imagine.  Quirky but nice. Children playing are often … Continue reading

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art is …

Art is un-adorned – a very old Chinese house door weathered to feel of silk…

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changing tack…

Oh my God,  I thought I knew a bit about the French Revolution but I have been corrected in reading Hilary Mantel’s : A Place of Greater Safety.  I am so shocked by much of what she describes that I … Continue reading

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in the 21st century…

…it’s a very different story.  We are all so aware !  Too aware !  Perhaps the story is just a metaphor for receiving the gifts of the spirit. Not to go into the religiosity of it all – just be … Continue reading

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Remains of the day…

Subtlety is the key to this overdue – brilliant  without a hint of the gaudy and then just a sprinkle muted black -rimmed flowers.  It’s perfect for a very large space that  needs taming. Warehouse spaces are all very well … Continue reading

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William Morrris seat and so on…

So pretty, just the place to read a good book.  William Morris tiles and typical church-pew style bench framed by jasmine it seems. So tiles don’t have to stay indoors ! Consider…think about those Italian and French (and Dutch) kitchens … Continue reading

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ming wall tiles

We found these in an alley in China on our last visit.  We fell in love immediately of course, but the price set us back a bit.  As usual we proceeded (when has money ever stopped us?)  You can buy … Continue reading

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built environments

I have blogged before , a couple of years ago, about Chinese houses.  They are so different from Western ones and the old classical ones are so different too from modern Chinese housing, which is largely apartment living.  All forms … Continue reading

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my ‘studio’…

Kit White again – ‘The studio is more than a place to work : it is a state of mind.’  I work from two spaces like each other.  This one is an old Chinese door born-again as a table-cum-desk now … Continue reading

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Consider…

Porosity, not solidity,now defines our view of the world. (Kit White) I guess it does. Consider this plaque, 300 years old Chinese.of an  imperial administrator whose  world view would have been full of certainties, and ones expressed through solid material … Continue reading

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