New beginnings are exciting and refreshing, like breaking the spine of a new notebook and having all these crisp blank pages ahead of you, waiting to be filled with whatever you choose.
I wanted to begin the new blog by telling you about Delphi Burling, and how she came to life.....
This month, three years ago, I was sketching 'vintage ladies' one afternoon, and wondered if any of them were how I would have looked in those particular eras of time. The shoes, handbags, if i'd be wearing gloves and a hat, etc etc.
Then I realised that the faces of these sketches were all the same. They were one woman. Through the ages. She didn't look like me in any way, but she wore the clothes that I longed to wear, had the haircut i'd always wanted, and the grace and elegance that all women strive to achieve.
So I set about crafting a life for her; how I imagined she'd live, her favourite possessions, her beautiful home, her charming character. And Delphi Burling was born.
At the time, I was making homeware from other fabrics. I loved vintage florals, and the geometric and 'object' prints of the 1920's, and although beautiful, I found some a little too heavy on the eye, and 'fussy'.
|1920's 'Object' Shuttlecock Print.|
So I updated the floral prints I loved and created some simple designs to preserve the heritage of the vintage style. At first, I hand-carved printing blocks and did everything by hand. My first prints were 'Pimlico Rose' and 'Camaraderie'.
The beautiful new website will be online very soon. I do hope you will follow our handcrafted journey.