Just got my copy of this BFI DVD in the post yesterday so am working my way through the many hours of footage documenting 'a century of folk customs and ancient rural games'- 2 hours down and I am still enjoying it!
Had a nice wander around Lewes last weekend in the sun and picked up a few bits - spent a grand total of 75p I think! Lovely colours on this french map. The book 'Visitor's London' I picked up because it is full of lovely (tiny) wood engravings including a few by Ravillious. The little one of the pearly Kings and Queens reminded me of some drawings I did way back at the beginning of Summer which I have posted HERE.
It has been a LONG time since I posted anything on here- Anyway I meant to put this up ages ago. It is a lovely children's counting book that my dad sent me....beautifully printed black and white photos with strange rhymes...unfortunately it was missing the first few pages otherwise it would of been worth a couple of hundred quid!
I have been reading a lot about traditional british folk dances recently, being most excited by the britannia coconut dancers (There is a great explanation in THIS book which I found in Waterstones bargain bin at xmas and is my new bible). I am thinking of making an A-Z of folk dances but so far have only gathered about half the alphabet...ANYWAY as a bit of inspiration I watched THIS which was brilliant and evocative and made me want to take up clog dancing. Watch it before it disappears!
I went to see the collection of Walter Potter taxidermy as part of Exhibition no.3 at the Museum of Everything, in London before Christmas and fell madly in love with a miniature stuffed staffordshire pitbull terrier (it turned out it was a stuffed foetus!) that was mounted on a red velvet cushion in a box frame. I decided I would just make myself one instead (out of fabric, not foetus dog) but I have forgotten what he looked like as I couldn't take photos! Anyway he was great. and looked kind of like these. I just wanted to share that.