Friday, 17 January 2014
It's surprising how often a bit of Google research on something that catches my fancy leads me straight back to that wonderful blog Spitalfields Life.
And that's what happened this afternoon, when I felt the urge to find out about the 18th century silk designer Anna Maria Garthwaite whose naturalistic flower designs - a fashion that was specifically English - feature in this forthcoming exhibition about Fashion and Gardens.
I liked the sound of Anne Maria who ran her own successful business, picked wild flowers in the fields around Spitalfields and joined a botanical society so she could get her silks botanically-correct.
Buit I didn't expect to discover that her house is still there, and barely changed.
So thank you again, Spitalfields Life. It was almost like sitting down together for a dish of tea.