Tomorrow will be my umpteenth birthday and I propose to throw off the walking stick I've been using for the last week. It hasn't been an easy week. I'm lucky in that I'm rarely ill so my fall has rather put me out of sorts as I've been unable to operate in the same way as usual. Thanks to all those who offered soothing words and advice although I didn't have much success with the ice packs.
I'm hoping to visit the Rob Ryan exhibition in Stafford tomorrow. I won't be going in a boot and a slipper as I did when I went to hospital where I discovered my hopping days were long over as I failed to move forwards and just managed to hop on the spot!
I have spent more time in a chair and thought I'd share with you the two books that have been keeping me entertained
Etc. by Sibella Court a stylist whose work I like ...
She couldn't be asid to be a "less is more" person as she uses lots of her collections in her room sets. Reviews on Amazon vary from one extreme to another with some folk hating her style and others loving it.
The book itself is a delight with a typewriter font (which I like and others hate)and lots of brown paper interspersed with glassine paper and countless pictures.
Lots of evidence of subdued effects - feathers, mother of pearl buttons, twigs and stones...
natural bristle brushes
and who else collects barbed wire in its different forms to such good effect? (Note to self - must pick up barbed wire next time I'm out!).
I've also, in totol contrast been enjoying Brian Cooks Landscapes of Britain. Many of you will recognise his style from the countless posters and book jackets designed by him in the 1930s.
The book is a celebration of his work and is a delight from cover to cover.
These are a couple of his book jacket designs...
I love the palette he uses which is so eveocative of the 1930s.
The last photo is of one of my own Brian Cook book jackets - somewhat faded and battered but tomoorw I shall take his advice, take to the road and "See the Country"! Well the bit that falls between Nottingham and Stafford anyway!