Thanks for popping in. On my way out to the Craftstore TV Studios, to launch a superb grid collection designed by clever Josie Davidson. These are big and beautiful and very easy to use – as I shall be showing you at 6pm this evening! If you love the look of beautiful grid work, but don’t have the patience to count out or create a design, clever Josie has done all the hard work for us, making it easy to achieve a beautiful result.
This new collection of 4 x A4sq designs are based on a diagonal grid pattern and We have named the 4 A4sq plates after French Cities – Bordeaux, Marseille, Paris and Toulouse:
I think I’ll take you on a whistlestop tour of the Bourdeaux pattern at 6pm this evening!
A memory has bubbled to the surface…I stayed in Bordeaux for a couple of months when I was a student in the 70’s. I recall a room on the top floor of an old house, with a huge stained glass window that folded outwards. I remember looking out over the city and the rooftops in the early morning sunshine, and thinking it was the most beautiful moment I had ever lived. Don’t remember the street, don’t remember who I was with (except I had a French boyfriend who was a dentist, and who insisted on calling me his little pigeon! Sounds better in French) But I do remember FEELING the beauty of the city.
I also remember getting charged 50 francs for a glass of water in a nightclub. The conversation ran something like this…
Barman: Cinquant Francs ( I know. That was back in a life before Euros…)
Barbie: COMBIEN?!?!? (that means HOW MUCH???)
Barman: Cinquant Francs (£1 was about 7 francs, and £7 for a glass of water was tooo much for this poor English student.
Barbie: Et combien pour un gin tonic?
Barman: Cinquant francs. (Barbie puts 2 and 2 together, and quickly figures out that All drinks are cinquant Francs.
I’ll let you guess what happened then! Gin n Tonic – and go easy with the tonic!
Here is some inspiration from our ever clever Clarity/Pergamano design team:
You may already be familiar with some of Josie’s other diagonal designs, so we have added the Italian Cities to the show as well. These are smaller, A5sq plates.
The gridwork is primarily used to frame centrepieces, so we decided to shine a light on an alphabet I designed myself a while back: The Floral ABC, complete with ii-book, for ideas and inspiration. These are perfect for framing with the gridwork – and we shall be presenting them at an irresistible price too.
All of the demos have been prepared by Josie Davidson and Jane Telford, and I hope you can join Paul and myself on The Craft Store as follows:
Wednesday – 6pm – Barb
Wednesday – 8pm – Paul
Thursday – 8am – Paul
Thursday – midday – Paul
Thursday – 4pm – Paul
I’m only down for the first hour, because I want to get home for the SHAC SHAC tomorrow at 10am. That hour of company and arty distraction is most important! In fact, twice a week is sounding quite appealing to me. What do you think? It just seems like a long time inbetween Thursdays! Maybe Mondays too? Just a thought…
Love always –