With the royal wedding only a few weeks off, I feel like we're seeing a ton of British design and influence in the media. Have you noticed it too? I have such vivid memories of Princess Di coming to my hometown wayyy back in 1986. I waited all day long to see her , get a glimpse of her and hand her a bouquet of flowers. I can still picture her face from that day... she really did look like a real live princess! I was totally overwhelmed, my Mom saying to me "Lindsay, are you OK? You look like you've seen a ghost!" Nope, no ghost, just a princess. Let's just say I've always been prone to the dramatics! :o)
With all the talk of the upcoming royal wedding, it's got me thinking about England. Many years later, I went to a decorative arts school in London and have spent a good chunk of time there, so it feels very close to my heart. It is a country of contrasts, so quiet and calm in the sprawling countryside and so loud, vibrant, intense in the cities.
I've put together some images that I think of, when I think of England. Of course, I have to include a couple of my current favourite designers like the fabulous, Tricia Guild of Designers Guild and Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic. I'm loving the way Vivienne Westwood has used the Union Jack in a series of textiles as of late. And of course, a post about design in England would be a non starter if I didn't mention the founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris. A true Renaissance man in every sense of the word. His stunning Tree of Life tapestry is my favourite.
I'll be setting my alarm to watch the Royal Wedding live, just like I did all those years ago. Will you?
|william morris tile|
|something shiny moved|
|shades of cream|