Posts made in June, 2015

Portmeirion – Pottery, Prisoners and the Palladian.

Portmeirion – Pottery, Prisoners and the Palladian.

Susan-Williams Ellis opened Portmeirion Pottery in 1960 in Stoke-on-Trent with her husband Euan Cooper-Willis. She gave her new venture the name of the Welsh Village where she had grown up. Designed as a holistic art and architecture site, the village was somewhat bizarrely given a thoroughly Italianate style  by her father, the architect Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis.

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Crafting Vintage One-Liners

Crafting Vintage One-Liners

A light-hearted look at vintage knits! I have recently been re-visiting the complete box set of Mad Men and have been revelling in the mid-century styling of everything from the glasses they (constantly) drink from, to the structured body shaping of their expertly tailored clothing and their elaborate hair dos. Whilst fossicking in recent weeks I’ve spent some time looking at the vintage knitting patterns and feature a selection of those I’ve picked up below.

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Don Quixote, Cervantes and a souvenir of Madrid.

Don Quixote, Cervantes and a souvenir of Madrid.

Killing time fossicking yesterday in Canterbury I came across this wall art piece and realising straight away that it was the lovable if eccentric knight of old, Don Quixote, I couldn’t pass it up as, despite being in an unexpected medium it is crafted simply yet expertly to leave you in no doubt as to who the character is.

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