This weekend I had the honor of taking over the instagram for @vintagebooksuk; I’ve never done anything like that before but decided it would be fun. It’s easy when it’s a publisher that is already prevalent on my shelves.
They sent me a bunch of books to feature in my posts; I had no idea in advance what books exactly but they “know” me and chose wisely. I was excited about most of these. Woolf is close to my heart, as is Finnish design, so these new editions with covers by Aino-Maija Metsola really spoke to me. Metsola has also done work for Marimekko which is a brand I grew up with(having a Finnish mother). These editions will be available on October 6th if I’m correctly informed.
It is part of my creative philosophy to try to use as much as possible of existing materials, and right now I have a lot of fabric. I have a reputation for making things, and having ideas on how to use even the oddest or most thrashed materials, and so a lot end up here. I rarely say no when people offer me their damaged tablecloths or clothes.
I also had a fair few bottles of fabric paint left over from other projects(which I will write about in future). Of these, the cover to Mrs Dalloway was the one that seemed easiest to succeed with given the materials at hand.
So I got to painting. It’s not identical but an effort to capture a mood. Which I think I managed pretty well. Then I turned this into a simple sleeveless top, a model I use a lot right now, with a contrasting ribbon around the neckline and arms.
Et voilà! Looked lovely with a black cardigan(which I use with everything) and some black trousers. Those splotches of colour made me smile all day.