June 21, 2010Comments are off for this post.


  Photograph by Lili Roze which I discovered at beautiful blog Abundance



The world burst out
Of its own maps
And gods changed their names
People talked till Babylon fell
While my heart grew
Into a bitter rose
That bled for you.
I handed you that flower
We did not feast on its perfume together.
It was given to me
By the winged master of Muses
To celebrate a most terrible union
That is called seperation
And is red torment to the
Hundreth power
That is purest and blackest of all

Judith Mok

(poem sent to me  by an angel)

May 11, 2010Comments are off for this post.

The Winding Stair

Last weekend I payed a visit to one of my favourite places in Dublin.

On the North Quay, The Winding Stair... bookshop turned restaurant combines my favourite obsessions...food and literature...

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I bought, The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault


A wonderful hard back, with all of his stories from Little Red Ridding Hood to Cinderella and dozens of illustrations by Gustave Dore


I'll hopefully be visiting them again next week for another delicious meal...will report back...

Winding Stair on Facebook

April 8, 2010Comments are off for this post.

Mark Karl Hughes


Mark Karl Hughes




Words cannot express the excitement of discovering Mark's work.

I hope he gets a GREAT publishing deal so I can buy a dozen copies and wallpaper my studio with his wonderful illustrations.

 If there are any Rizzoli executives following these pages,

 please hear my plea!

To see more of his work click over to his blog

Jaccuse Illustrations

April 4, 2010Comments are off for this post.

Let us read, let us dance

Tanaquil by Gyon Mili
 Tanaquil LeClercq by Gyon Mili


'Let us read and let us dance

Two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. '



January 25, 2010Comments are off for this post.

‘The Haunted Wood’

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"There is a border-land between the grave and the gay, the tragic and the comic, as between the sublime and ridiculous, in which Mr. Pettie is as much at home as when he confines himself to the domain of the more purely dramatic. He generally , however , shows a relish for the sensational, and the picture we engrave  from the Winter Exhibition at the French Gallery is a happy and amusing example of somewhat special faculty, as well as a good specimen of the artist's clever  and facile execution. No painter conceives a subject like  this better than Mr. Pettie.' 

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The Illustrated London News Jan 20, 1872

January 12, 2010Comments are off for this post.

The taming of the shrew…

Taming of the shrew 
There are fewer people on this planet who are further away from being a domestic goddess than I am. 

It's not because I'm not interested...I would love to cook  a gourmet dinner in 15 minutes as many of these 'personalities' do on TV .

I'm not sure why? It could be due to my incapacity to multi task if one of these requires timed attention.

But also growing up in Spain, were I was part the first generation who was liberated from male imposed obligations and consequently resisting any responsibilities that our mothers and grandmothers may have had. 

Whilst at school the theatre group, ironically,  produced the The Taming of the Shrew...and yes... guess who played Katherina...?  Is it a case of life imitating fiction?

Many years later and still not domesticated...

I do love cooking, it's like therapy, but when FEDEX  is at the door and both phones ring at the same time..the chances are the fire alarm will set off within minutes...as it does every other week.

From next week I'll be posting on my adventures and misadventures in the kitchen....if you have any challenging recipes let me know

bon appetit...

January 9, 2010Comments are off for this post.

A Visual Feast

Yesterday, with heroic efforts (due to the adverse arctic weather conditions) Mr Postman delivered another breathtaking book. 

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Lillian Bassman: Women by Deborah Solomon has now officially been taken off my never ending wish list on Amazon. 

I was relatively familiar with her work. But to have so many of her masterpieces collected in one astonishing book, is simply a visual feast and a 'must have' for anyone who appreciates fashion photography at its best.

My heart rate has increased considerably since its arrival.

Let the images speak for themselves... 

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January 6, 2010Comments are off for this post.

All I want for 2010 is time

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'Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new...

but who can understand and measure its sharp breath,

 its mystery and its design?'




Photograph by Eduardo Macias. Clothes by Yours Truly 

January 2, 2010Comments are off for this post.

English Women


As I start the year working on a new online trove...The Silent Gallery...where my collection will be sharing space with treasures and inspiration..

 On the 31st of December the postman delivered an incredible brown paper wrapped package, it included a first edition of Edith Sitwell’s book English Women. 

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Mrs. Siddons by Sir Thomas Lawrence


This tiny hardback has a pencil written note inside saying:


 ' Joan,

 with love,


 XMas 1943


This little treasure briefly depicts the life of brilliant and beautiful English women from Emily Bronte to Florence Nightingale 

I anticipate many of their stories will be shared in this space  soon......


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Dame Ellen Terry by George Frederic Watts