two birds with one stone

A visit to a supplier in oxfordshire turned out to be a very interesting day indeed, after discussing the nips and tucks of bounteous quantities of upholstery details, we then settled on a bite of lunch somewhere before the long drive home.  Driving along the sign ‘Kelmscott Manor” came into view and went sailing past it before thinking “hold up ! wait a minute, lets go visit……….

Turned out to be a very thought provoking and inspiring afternoon.  We have on our books a Tudor Gothic victorian property and an arts and crafts inspired building, both needing IDC’s creative touch.  Kelmscott was William Morris summer home from around 1871 until his death in 1896.  A charming place with orignal textiles, furniture and a charming garden.  A huge mulberry tree laden with fruit took centre stage, the very same tree that William and Jane plucked the juicy fruit.  There is even a paint box, full of squeezed and dusty paint tubes that belonged to Rossetti.

 

 

 

sewing and singing, hemming and humming

The big presentation is over, have been tying up all the loose ends, putting all the samples, together,  double checking codes etc in readiness for admin to start ordering, There are several hundred different items to purchase, some items have to be made up, ie window treatments, cushions etc, furniture has to be placed and with one manufacturer alone there are 140 items, this is one of many suppliers who will be making bespoke items to IDC exacting standards.  Then there is all the artwork to sort out, visiting museums, choosing images to be framed and selecting photography from all the great images from Yao and purchasing all the objet d’art that bring the interiors to life.  With this design hot of the press I am now ready to start detailing up the next one, an amazing tudor gothic pile in Leamington spa.  Have already finalised the layouts, worked on the lighting etc, now I will be detailing all the separate items for the various rooms.  The best bit really !

In between all this I have found some soothing time sewing and making quilts, none are totally finished yet, although I am working on it, caught a sneeky few hours before I trottted off down to the studio this morning.  Its so nice, sitting and sewing, sometimes singing along, sometimes just humming, something very magical about quilt making.  I am a mere novice and can see how one can get hooked , already I have sketches in my art books,  little swatches of fabric to record colour combinations,  tufts of crewel wool, ideas for crewel work patches, intertwined branches bearing fruit, and some just plains with a real graphic style with huge blocks of colour.  There is something really enriching in seeing all the colours build, and amazing when unexpected colour combinations appear as one pieces the blocks together.    Magic happens.

I will post some pictures soon, cant let the cat out of the bag yet because there might be spies around,  After christmas  watch this space.

In the meantime here are some more quilts that  have caught my attention

 

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St Andrew’s , Hambelton, Rutland

Beautiful church in the lovely village of Hambleton, carved angels and cherubim and even boasts windows by Edward Burne Jones.  I hadn’t realised just how picturesque all the villages around Rutland Water, actually were.  Limestone built cottages, some thatch, some stone tiled, all very unspoilt.

the carvngs inspired me to paint, not sure the effect is quite what I wanted, but I enjoyed painting with my easel out in the sunshine

7 days of freedom

Holiday, something I have been waiting for since christmas !!  At last 7 days to exactly what I want, no meeting to attend, no deadlines to meet,  just time for to whatever I please.  Harlaxton Manor beckoned,  there it was standing very majestically at the top of a long climbing drive, quite magnificent, but oh so  disappointing inside.  Have never seen an interior so over the top, overblown, Mr Gregory Gregory certainly did not know the word subtle ! a mixture of elizabethan and baroque architecture that seems far larger than human scale.

Not my most favourite place, I have to say