Plus ça Change: Stripes

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Just as each modern generation coming of age believes it has invented sex, hedonism and all nighters… whilst re-inventing fashion in its own image (obvs). So each era, spins the stripes round, thinking only they have re-calibrated the graphic line. … Continue reading

Summer Stripes

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So It all started again in Venice, with stripes, the obsession – that is.  I mean Biennale was fabulous, the Gritti perfection, the weather mixed (read: lashings of rain) … but hey, I put a good face on it, because … Continue reading

Collaboration Works

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Collaborations can take you on a journey past a point you could envisage on your own, they can  – through mutual endeavour and intellectual bounce – make sparks fly, mood boards fizz and the results magical.  Last Autumn I could … Continue reading

Sneak Peek

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It’s been a bit quiet on line here at ADA, I have been absorbed in the REAL world, I know. Finally making decorative decisions. I know. And you know the way it is in the real world: rushed, complicated and … Continue reading

The Owl’s Tale

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They’re very beautiful aren’t they?  Their humanoid big-eyed wide faces have a direct appeal to us.  We see ourselves in them and throughout history have given them human characteristics that reflect our changing vision and understanding of them: wise, wicked, … Continue reading

cultural lens

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So Somerset House: cultural beacon, Courtauld institute and home to the the twinkliest Tiffany blue ice rink in town. My intention was ‘Guy Bourdin’ being a Francophile kind of girl, but I got sidetracked  by Blondie, those neon window strips … Continue reading

Civilisation

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We fought to protect civilisation in WWII, and during it we saw the ultimate extremes of which human beings are capable: monstrous in fact to profoundly generous,  brave and  determined in the most testing of circumstances.  It was the 70th … Continue reading

Into the Woods: memories and magic

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I have a thing for book sculptures.  I love the woods.  I bow down to the seasons. I watch in wonder as my children run arms outstretched towards their future, leaving images of their former selves distinct in my memory, … Continue reading

Stella and Issy’s Gilded Borders

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I understand when Stella Tennant says: I’ve been itching to return to making, and now I’m doing it. I’ve been working on projects, mainly renovating houses, and that’s been my outlet. It’s really exciting to focus on this now.  ‘This … Continue reading