University of Sussex in the late 70's I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Charleston when it was still a private home. Our professor Norbert Lynton arranged with Angelica Garnett for us to stay overnight. I remember little other than the thrill of sleeping in a rickety iron bed with a Roger Fry painting over it. And the glorious painted fireplace. Cressida Bell, Vanessa's grandaughter is keeping the decorative spirit alive with her work and I particularly like her trees on this illustration. Interestingly enough, Quentin Bell, Cressida's father was Professor of Art History at Sussex but left two years before I got there. My loss I feel. And reading his successor, Norbert Lynton's obituary, I remember being taught to look and look and look again to find new ways of seeing. Which somehow leads neatly to my blog, where I can share things that I see with you all.
I'm really in to anything flowery at the moment. I've done a couple of jumble sales recently and found these two little pictures. And then I visited my mother on Mothers Day and she had a beautiful needlepoint made by her friend Peggy, who is sadly no longer with us. Their friendship lasted 60 years and my mum made the needlepoint into a cushion to be sold in aid of a school in Rwanda run by Peggy's daughter. Needless to say I bought it!
The jumble sale also had lots of lovely fabrics and some wonderful vinyl singles, of which this is one. I'm going to frame them all soon.
But the best thing of all was that I found a needlepoint picture for oldpolicehouse as she's been poorly. Get well soon!