Tag Archives: design

April 30, 2013

Ferns

Ferns   Karl Blossfeldt, Adiantum Pedatum (maidenhair fern) My walk today was meant to be a break from nineteenth century steel. It led me unexpectedly to early twentieth century wrought iron. After a long winter the ferns are unfurling from a sea Read more

 
April 12, 2013

Meditation

Two and a half trees… a meditation   Today I realised once more how any walk clears my head and how little one needs to feel fed. I went out with my faithful companion, the eye of my mobile phone, and before Read more

 
April 6, 2013

Bricks

   Brickwork… and the use of iron in architecture   These days I’m reading about the use of iron in early architecture, especially since a group of researchers has found a way to reveal the DNA of ancient pieces of Read more

 
February 7, 2013

Patterns

Gongadi Source   A few days ago an Indian friend attended me on an exhibition of rural weavings I had never heard about. Gongadi are blankets or heavy shawls woven with wool from the mainly black nalla-gorre sheep of the Read more

 
December 28, 2012

Imagination and play

Little monsters  The theme of imagination and play has not left me in the past weeks, as illustrated by hospital drawings, among others, which seem to have worried some of my friends recently. Sitting with the family around a Christmas Read more

 
October 12, 2012

A room with a view

The treehotel In line with a previous blog post about tree houses and bird’s nests, this is what I found by chance this week:     With its retractable staircase this is a hotel room, the ‘Bird’s Nest’, at Treehotel Read more

 
August 2, 2012

South Indian steel

Old iron Iron rusts, and therefore ancient iron objects are more rare (and often less appreciated) than other metals such as bronze.   Piling on an old jetty   In search of information on the dawn of iron for my Read more

 
July 26, 2012

Thought associations

Crossing the road on my daily walk this morning, I noticed that the asphalt had been repaired in a surprisingly playful way and on such a scale that it could not be a coincidence.     The intriguing designs created Read more

 
July 2, 2012

What is serious?

My recent Great Sweep through my studio included going through my ‘Rajasthan‘ cupboard. It was good to unfold and rearrange a collection of Indian textiles – nothing exceptionally valuable but a testimony to change as a number of hand-blocked cotton Read more

 
April 5, 2012

The secret garden

There is a park not far from where we live, where I walk almost every day. It surrounds an elegant country house which has now become offices without losing too much of its charm, and the variety of trees it Read more