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message 1: by Sarah (last edited May 23, 2018 07:54AM) (new)

Sarah (skauthen) | 598 comments Mod
I am beginning a thread on Cressida Bell, daughter of Quentin and Anne Olivier Bell, granddaughter of Vanessa & Clive, since she is an incredible artist and designer and is often in the news talking about her work and heritage. You can visit her website, here, where some of her designs are featured (and for sale):

https://www.cressidabell.co.uk/

Here's a recent interview preceding a gallery exhibition. Anne Olivier Bell had an index card for everyday of Virginia's life? Wow! We really need to step up our game...

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/162048...


message 2: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 138 comments Does anyone own one of Cressida Bell's wonderful lamps? I am considering buying one, but oh, the money...I have just bought a house...ouch.

I know she wrote a book about decorating--anyone have a copy? if so, are there instructions on how to make such a lamp?


message 3: by Silvio111 (new)

Silvio111 | 427 comments That was interesting, Sarah.

Can you imagine growing up with the name, "Cressida"?
I suppose little kids have no conception of the historical derrivation of their names and just see it as their own name.

Cressida does seem to have survived what must have been a claustrophobic world with her own sense of humor (not to mention a dynamic talent. Even though you can clearly see the style roots in her work, I would still call her very original.

I liked how she said "I'll paint anything that doesn't move." In that I think she is very like her grandmother.

I confess I was unable to read Virginia's diaries for very long even though her voice is so clever. Reading anyone's diary makes me want to run down a beach.

Leonard's autobiographies do read like diaries, I will grant you. Maybe I just felt a little safer in his company than in hers. (No telling WHAT she might say next.)

Although perhaps writers write their diaries for an imaginary audience, the way songwriters write songs. The audience is in a corner of your mind, appreciating what you just wrote. Perhaps that is how writers think about it.


message 4: by Joe (new)

Joe | 514 comments Mod
Sandra wrote: "Does anyone own one of Cressida Bell's wonderful lamps? I am considering buying one, but oh, the money...I have just bought a house...ouch.

I know she wrote a book about decorating--anyone have a..."


Found one on eBay ..
https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Decorati...

I checked out her website, beautiful lamps!


message 5: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 138 comments Is it pronounced "CRESS-i-da" with a short "I" or "Cress-ee-da", do we know?


message 6: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (skauthen) | 598 comments Mod
So. This is an emotional topic for me as I often fetish fine beautifully designed things that I can never ever dream of affording to own. I once walked into Liberty and almost immediately walked out in tears. Now I can sleep at night comforted by the idea that if I can't afford Cressida Bell artifacts for my home, I can at least buy her book, make a visit to Marshall's and Michael's and perhaps counterfeit one of her lamps very inexpertly!

Thanks for the book link, Joe. It made me curious and so I discovered Cressida has written a few such books: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Sandra: I think it's CRESS-i-da? I tried to find out and this is how I learned she has a youtube. Fun!:

https://youtu.be/9PSIgcTNAJo

Silvio, Virginia's diaries are the first diaries I have had a hack at. I find them a bit cringe-worthy but with quite beautiful and insightful sketches. Not unlike her focused compositions...

Leonard's autobios probably read like diaries because he was so frank and forthcoming and he also wrote linearly: He started writing the beginning of a book on page one and ended it on page whatever with a minimum of deviation.


message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (skauthen) | 598 comments Mod
Made this post and then immediately went to the Liberty website and chewed my fingernails in frustration...


message 8: by Silvio111 (new)

Silvio111 | 427 comments Sarah,
You are probably Marie Kondo's nightmare. EVERY THING brings you joy! :)


message 9: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 138 comments Sandra wrote: "Is it pronounced "CRESS-i-da" with a short "I" or "Cress-ee-da", do we know?"

Sarah, I am thinking of buying one of Annie Sloan's books on stenciling and trying my hand at a bookcase and a lamp.

I have a Liberty scarf I bought for very cheap on Etsy.

I wish there was more than one video on Cressida's channel!


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (skauthen) | 598 comments Mod
Silvio: Haha, I am Marie Kondo's dream come true: Everything that brings me joy, I can't afford to clutter my house with.

Sandra: You clever woman! I think we are design-taste soulmates. I have made an encouraging post on her youtube. I am sure Cressida Bell will give my opinion the consideration it deserves.


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (skauthen) | 598 comments Mod
It's funny after making this entirely first-world-problems post bemoaning my lot in life, our local J Crew shut up shop and I walked out with a heavily discounted blouse made of Liberty fabric! Dozens of unemployed people as a result, though, and no more J Crew. Where will we go for our Liberty shirts, now, eh? The world is burning down...


message 12: by Silvio111 (new)

Silvio111 | 427 comments Sarah,
What in the world is a Liberty shirt?


message 13: by Joe (new)

Joe | 514 comments Mod
Silvio111 wrote: "Sarah,
What in the world is a Liberty shirt?"


Not Cheap!
https://www.jcrew.com/r/search/?N=0&a...


message 14: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (skauthen) | 598 comments Mod
$17 :)


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