Above: bright French provincial motifs like this tablecloth from a 1997 Les Olivades catalogue sing of summer with their combination of intense colour and pattern.
Above: food packaging, old and new, western and eastern. I have an obsession with idealised pastoral landscapes in particular, but I am yet to find the definitive one. When I do I will post it. For now saturated coloured fruit and pretty ladies in costumes will do. (Thanks to Cousin who sent me this back in 1991 with a note on the back saying : "see I told you you can get it off the can!" which is very pleasing.
Above: red and white. Knitting. Fair Isle. This boy/girl motif which my mother knitted into little sweaters for us when we were children.
(Detail from a scarf I made for myself last winter, shown in progress here.)
Above: the wonders of the human body, especially its depiction in times past. Here a beautiful fold-out lithograph from the early 1900's which I was lucky to score on etsy.
Above: cabinets of curiosities like the fantastic insects under glass still thoughtfully on display at the new Melbourne Museum. (This photo is by Inky Squid, who did a much better job than I did when I tried to photograph it).
Above: all things vintage nautical. This one ticks a few boxes: I have a thing for old printed scarves, and I love funny little depictions of clothing and anchors too.
(Image from Bird and Banner)
Last but not least, mid twentieth century British illustration. A balance between skill and naivete, the use of detailed line against simple colour and an appreciation of the everyday. You can see more here.
(Illustration above by David Gentleman)
Now I've arrived at the best part of this game, my chance to tag some highly varied and extra special talented women: writer Kate Constable, composer Chris McCombe , maker of incredible shoes Emma Greenwood, architect and jewellery maker Olivia Munroe, glass artist and maker Elaine Prunty and last but never least: artist, writer and designer Anna Parry. I can't wait to see what they come up with, but at the same time I hope that they don't feel pressured to come up with anything!
Thanks again, Sandra.