Events

Coming soon: Bloomsbury mania from Jo Malone London



Jo Malone Bloomsbury Set limited edition Spring 2017

If you haven’t heard of the Bloomsbury Set by now, all will become very very evident by the New Year.

A frequent inspiration for fashion, interior and textile designers, the English bohemian coterie of the 1920s is having quite the creative resurgence. (more…)



On seeing, doing, making, thinking, living



'SHELF LIFE: The Ornaments Are Talking To Me' by Mark Clarke is at The Bowes Museum
I’m terribly guilty of being a bit lazy when it comes to travelling out of London, but I feel I should remedy that with a couple of promising out-of-town exhibitions.

At my book launch, Iain R Webb told me about the exhibition SHELF LIFE: The Ornaments Are Talking To Me (above), that has just opened at the Bowes Museum in County Durham. Assemblage artist Mark Clarke presents his modern day memento mori as a bittersweet response to his mother’s battle with dementia. I love any form of assemblage, collage or mixed media, possibly a reflection of my own hoarding collecting tendencies. (more…)



Book signing: Meet me at Anthropologie



Anthropologie books

I love a proper bookshop as much as the next person but sometimes – especially during gift season – it’s nice to buy your books in a lifestyle environment. And for that, where better than Anthropologie?

Anthro has a knack of picking the most beautiful art, travel and photography books and placing them just so alongside their gorgeous stationery, accessories and trinket trays homewares. (more…)



My book launch: The New Garconne at Paul Smith



Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne by Navaz Batliwalla. Hosted by Paul Smith, Albermarle Street

Well, hasn’t October flown by? I can’t lie; I’ve had an excellent month. First there were the fabulous reviews of the book, then the feedback from people actually buying it. Then my mum surprised me with an impromptu visit from her overseas home in time for the launch. And to top it all off, The New Garconne book launch itself.

The launch was hosted, fittingly, by Paul Smith in his ravishing Albemarle Street store. (more…)