Thursday, 30 September 2010

Interested in Art Deco design?

Art Deco was one of the most dominant styles of the 1920's & 30's. It started as a high art luxurious style but soon became mass produced. Art Deco is often recognised by its repetitive use of zigzags, fan and chevron motifs.

Furniture shapes were influenced by industry and technology. Strong geometric patterns could be found on soft furnishings, wallpapers and home ware. Clarice Cliff ceramics is an example of a popular home ware that used patterns of diamonds and triangles in bold contrasting colours.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Between 1905 and 1914 a large number of WSPU members agreed to take actions that would result in them being sent to prison. Here are some biographies

Charlotte Despard

Elsie Duval

Helen Fraser

Mary Gawthorpe

Margaret Haig Thomas

Vera Holme

Mary Phillips

Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

Mary Richardson

Elizabeth Robins

Elsie Howey

Edith How-Martyn

Gladice Keevil

Annie Kenney

Jessie Kenney

Aeta Lamb

Mary Leigh

Victoria Lidiard

Grace Roe

Evelyn Sharp

Ethel Smyth

Marion Wallace-Dunlop

Helen Kirkpatrick Watts

Vera Wentworth

Constance Lytton

Edith Mansell Moullin

Kitty Marion

Dora Marsden

Charlotte Marsh

Christabel Marshall

Hannah Mitchell

Dora Montefiore

Flora Murray

Adela Pankhurst

Christabel Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst

Hilda Brackenbury

Georgina Brackenbury

Marie Brackenbury

Laura Ainsworth

Louisa Garrett Anderson

Rachel Barrett

Jane Brailsford

Mary Clarke

Clara Codd

Helen Crawfurd

Emily Wilding Davison

Friday, 24 September 2010


In 1894 the Building Act changed the regulations, so that windows no longer had to be flush with the exterior wall. This enabled windows to stand proud from the facade. The late Victorian and Edwardian period took advantage of the change in new building regulations and now presented their windows in bays. Medium and larger houses would often display double bay or bow windows.

A bay window creates the illusion of a larger room. It also maximizes the amount of light entering a room and offers a dryer alternative to a balcony.

Friday, 17 September 2010

1920's & 1930's Tiled Fireplaces

The traditional home owner may still have had a wooden surround but with a simple ceramic insert, the romantic floral decoration was out and chevrons and zig zags were used as motifs. The true Art Deco follower would of chosen a complete ceramic unit, machine made. Shapes were reflective of architecture and geometric forms.

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