The Surprising Life of Constance Spry

Author: Sue Shephard

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330536109

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 7456

Fascinating ... to be eagerly devoured’ Clarissa Dickson-Wright Most people today, if they have heard of her, associate Constance Spry with the cookery book bearing her name. But Connie was much, much more than the author of a bestselling cookery book. She was deeply unconventional, extremely charming and very determined; Spry’s life took her from the back streets of Victorian Derby to running a hugely successful business as the florist of choice for the highest of high society, organizing the flowers for royal weddings and indeed for the Queen's coronation. She endured a violent first marriage, had a lesbian affair with a cross-dressing artist and was a pioneer for working women at a time when few women had careers. Sue Shephard tells her extraordinary story with insight, wit and flair. 'Riveting.’ Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall ‘Makes you fall utterly in love with its subject’ New York Times Magazine ‘Reveals with the greatest skill and sympathy an extraordinary person - complicated, driven, sometimes secretive but gifted and artistic to an nth degree. What a story.' Elizabeth Buchan


Author: Christin Geall

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1616899328

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 223

View: 3138

Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style elevates floral design to fine art in this richly informative work on the principles of floral style. A charming and intelligent mentor, Christin Geall emboldens designers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs to think differently and deeply about their work with flowers as she draws upon the fine arts and historical sources, exploring Baroque music, the paintings of the Impressionists, or the work of floral innovators like Gertrude Jekyll and Constance Spry. Covering all aspects of floral design, including choosing plants to grow and arrange, selecting tools and vessels, balancing color and form, and even photographing and selling arrangements, Cultivated offers universal lessons for all levels of practitioners, budgets, and materials. Geall's stunning photographs of her own lush designs illustrate techniques for creating brilliant arrangements that spark the imagination.

Design Objects and the Museum

Author: Liz Farrelly,Joanna Weddell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472577248

Category: Design

Page: 216

View: 8111

Design Objects and the Museum brings together leading design historians, curators, educators and archivists to consider the place of contemporary design objects within museums. Contributors draw on a wide range of 20th century and contemporary examples from international museums to consider how design objects have been curated and displayed within and beyond the museum. The book continues contemporary global debates on the ways in which museums of design engage and educate their public. Chapters are grouped into three thematic sections addressing The Canon and Design in the Museum; Positioning Design within and Beyond the Museum; and Interpretation and the Challenge of Design, with chapters exploring museological practice and issues, the roles people play in creating meaning, and the challenges contemporary design presents to interpretation and learning within the museum.

The Times Index

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Times (London, England)

Page: 1508

View: 1886

Indexes the Times, Sunday times and magazine, Times literary supplement, Times educational supplement, Times educational supplement Scotland, and the Times higher education supplement.

Country Life

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Country life

Page: N.A

View: 9008

Homes and Gardens

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Architecture, Domestic

Page: N.A

View: 406

"A practical magazine dealing with houses, furniture and equipment, gardens." [sic]

Volcanoes and Pearl Divers

Author: Suzanne Raitt

Publisher: Onlywomen PressLtd


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

View: 606

Literary criticism at its informative best. The work discussed ranges from the 17th century through until the late 20th. Essays by: Penny Casdagli, Sandra Freeman, Shameem Kabir, Emma Donoghue, Lynn Pearce, Janet Montefiore, Lis Whitelaw, Chris White, Suzanne Raitt, Elaine Miller, Ros Ballaster, U.A. Fanthorpe.

Local Heroines

Author: Jane Legget

Publisher: Harper San Francisco


Category: Great Britain

Page: 382

View: 9939