To sit down at the end of a day with a cup of tea, and some magazines that have arrived in the post, always feels like a guilty pleasure.
sipping my tea, I first turn to Country Living Magazine, and it's 'inspiration' pages.
I love the styling, it's a visual feast, and I always look forward to the 'Autumn' inspiration pages each year.
I know it's not reality, it's a fantasy, which I'm very happy to dip into.
But the articles in which local producers are championed, are very much a reality.
November's issue highlights Ardanalish, weavers on Mull. Minty and Aeneas Mackay are producing organic cloth from their own native sheep, they sound like gentle, but determined, dynamos.
This tweed coat caught my eye.......... beautiful.
Contrasting nicely with Country Living, is the cutting-edge, and exquisitely designed Selvedge magazine. Everything in this magazine is very contemporary, but rooted in the tradition of craft. I always like to off-set something with it's opposite. I like the old to be complemented by the new, and the new to reference and respect what has gone before. Which is what Pia Wallen does in her felted pieces, discussed in the article 'cross purposes'.
Her ethos seems to be one of restraint and simplicity, using the ancient medium of felting to create modern pieces. Just another way of seeing things.
I think I should start a collection of Loop advertistments, they are always so beautiful.
If some interesting knitwear has been featured, I always feel like I've got my moneys worth.
It doesn't have to be wearable or practical, it just has to do what I expect of Selvedge, show me something different, something to make me think and broaden my horizons. Which is what this knitwear by Sandra Backlund does. I love the way she plays with form. And personally, I would wear these pieces, I think they are beautiful.
My tea cup is now empty, but my head is full of ideas............
Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.
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Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon