Author Archives: agnesashe

About agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

Role reversal

There is a long tradition of the rich elite funding charitable organisations. In the United Kingdom the building of almshouses for the poor is one such tradition and dates from the tenth century. A wealthy individual or family, partly in … Continue reading

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It’s all about the pecking order

Last month whilst staying with my father I hid behind the Venetian blinds and poked my camera lens through to see what was occurring at the bird feeders. There were several phases of activity when several birds arrived at the … Continue reading

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Stealing from the past – painting Silvia

Living in East Anglia there are many parish churches that still retain both medieval and Victorian church art. Painted rood screens and colourful stained glass provide a wealth of inspiration for my silk scarf designs. I like to steal ideas for … Continue reading

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Glamorous garden flowers – The Iris

Irises are a great favourite not least with some of the world’s most famous artists. Vincent van Gogh painted several ‘Iris’ pictures depicting clumps of bearded irises. Then, of course, there was Monet’s garden where irises had been planted en … Continue reading

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Sèvres at the Wallace Collection, London

At the Wallace Collection, located a few streets north of Selfridges in London, there are fine displays of Old Master paintings, 18th-century French art, arms and amour and a treasure trove of Sèvres 18th-century porcelain. The Wallace Collection is a … Continue reading

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Spring sunlight, apple blossom and photographing my work

Fresh spring weather and I have been making the most of the late afternoon sunlight. Re-photographing a few scarves with different styling.And, almost capturing a smile!  

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It’s Real Bread Week

There is a movement to celebrate ‘Real Bread’. It is encouraging people to buy bread from a local, traditional master baker that bakes real bread or even for people to make their own bread. For those interested, you can find … Continue reading

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Ah Etsy – that perennial conundrum: How to appear personal and local when you’ve become global and indifferent.

Earlier this week on Tuesday, 2 May 2017, Chad Dickerson, the Chief Executive of Etsy, quit his job following unexpectedly poor results for the first quarter of 2017. Etsy made an unpredicted loss of $421,000 (£325,000) during the period. The … Continue reading

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Outside it’s grey skies, but inside it’s . . . . . . more grey?

Fashions and trends, and, what’s in and what’s not, isn’t just for clothing, but also interiors. Now I suppose I am a little old fashioned as I have never invested either time or money in the idea that your home … Continue reading

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I may be temporarily gardenless but . . .

For the first time in 22 years I am not spending spring weekends both coaxing and at the same time taming a garden from its winter state. It is a strange sensation to be without even a windowsill of outdoor … Continue reading

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Inspirational medieval stained glass

Last year when I visited the Great Church of the Holy Trinity, Long Melford, I knew it had some of the finest surviving fifteenth-century stained glass in England. Naturally, I made sure I had plenty of time to photograph the … Continue reading

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