|I collect images of 'Green Men' - sometimes in stone, or wood, plain or gilded|
It began in the Churchyard at Iffley (Oxford) - taking photographs that I could use within stitched fabric and paper pages - carved stone heads reminiscent of the medieval period. Strange how we live so close and yet had never ventured there; it was dear American friends who took us. St Mary's is famed for its romanesque architecture; some original but much is Victorian restoration which somehow misses the point; skillfully executed but for me it lacked soul. I did find a remarkable family tree inside the dark interior - remarkable because it showed the coat of arms of Katherine Swynford (three catherine wheels) who married John of Gaunt in the 1300s - a period of history I love and about which I am currently reading, or I might never have spotted the little plaque on the wall.
|This one is supposedly of King Henry II, somehwat crude|
|Artichokes and lavender in the lock-keeper's garden|
|A peaceful scene, feeding waterbirds - yet it was the colours in the water I took this for|
|Nearly fell in the water trying to take this shot, to get the angle I wanted|
|White-paper packaged tied up with strips of fabric|
|each gift has|
its own sketch pen
|Opened out, you can see the map that formed the basis of the notebook - the cover was fabric from a skirt bought in a charity shop - click on the image to see it at a larger size|
You may like to check the facility I have added in the right hand sidebar (just above the Twitter logo): sometimes I refer to a book, or talk about the supplies I use, and thought it might be useful to provide a link to where you can purchase what I list. I'll do this from time to time - the first is of the layout paper I print on and use as if it were fabric. More titles can be found in my Book-Lover's Blog - do visit if you haven't already done so.