I managed to finish the Flotta chair for Rebecca during the summer. This was such an interesting commission, Peter came up with an unusual and stunning design based on Rebecca's Grandmothers' life on Flotta, one of the Orkney Islands. You can find out more about this on Peters blog here, and some more finished pictures here
Just before the summer I upholstered this Parker Knoll chair for Andrew and Helen. They had been to the Robin and Lucienne Day exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester (sadly no longer on) Here it was possible to get some of the original textile designs reproduced on fabric. This was done at the Glasgow School of Art.
The design used for this chair was called 'Magnetic' by Lucienne Day, in colour red.
This summer started off with 2 lovely weeks in the south of France staying with great friends near Montpellier.
We saw the striking architecture at La Grande-Motte where we had great mussels, chips and beer... had lots of home grown tomatoes (in every form!)...strolled around Montpellier on a warm evening (see the tromp l'oiel in the center of town)... swam in the pool and went camping in the Ardeche. The campsite Mille Etoiles was peaceful and relaxing with a steep walk down to the bottom of a gorge rewarded with a swim in the river.
I spent a wonderful week in Northern Ireland at my Mum's in co. Down - its so good to get some fresh air, windy beaches and fresh veg from the garden - and see all my nieces and nephews!
During our stay in Ireland we visited the Aquarium at Portaferry - I love these ghost like Ray with what looks like little faces on their tummys - (we learnt they are breathing holes not faces!)
We finished the holidays back in London, enjoying the almost last hot sunny day in south Kensington, splashing in the pool at the V&A on route to the Science Museum.
I will be posting soon new work including the finished Flotta chair....