Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman Dallas 1982
Dallas 1982

“I never travel without my Stetson, but the more I wear it the more I realise that no one wears hats any more. When I was a kid everybody wore hats, especially in Texas, but I get off the plane in Dallas now and I’m the only guy with a hat. It’s amazing.”


Norman Parkinson

Norman Parkinson Vogue 1957
Ivy Nicholson by Norman Parkinson

“You see a girl in a mink coat and you wonder how she earnt it. Was it horizontally or vertically?

My girls are the vertical earners of mink coats.”

October Reading – Marie Antoinette, the Journey

Hand & Lock have recently announced the opening of their 2013 Prize for Embroidery Design and my entry to the competition starts here:

Its 550 pages long. I reckon its going to take me a while.

The theme of the competition is “The Past is The Future” and the brief is to take one pair of contrasting themes – provided by Hand & Lock – and “imagine what would happen if they collided and merged together to create something new and innovative“.

You can choose between looking at Tudor England & 1970s Rock Music, or 18th Century Versailles & the 1969 Moon Landing. Its an interesting challenge to be asked to consider two such diverse themes together, they must have had fun thinking them up. The full brief is on the Hand & Lock website

It doesn’t take much guessing to see I’m going with the second of the two pairings. I’m glad to have a reason to read Antonia Fraser’s biography of Marie Antoinette as its been sitting on my bookshelf for far too long. I can’t imagine yet where the brief will take me, but I’ve started a Pinterest board to get my ideas going and its already starting to present some interesting juxtapositions.

Now I just need to find a good Moon Landings book. Any suggestions?