Saturday, 18 April 2015

Magic Gardens

I was very pleased to read in last week's Sunday Telegraph of the work of Rose Fulbright. She's the great-granddaughter of  Clough Williams-Ellis who created the village of Portmeirion, about which I once created a book. More relevantly, Fulbright is also the granddaughter of Susan Williams-Ellis, the founder of Portmeirion Pottery.

Apart from her ceramic designs, Susan's great passion in later life was sketching underwater, and a few years back I edited a book of the paintings that resulted, Magic Gardens. This art, I now learn, is the inspiration for Fulbright's new range of loungewear, the Tropical Collection. Which is excellent news: Susan's art has been due for rediscovery for a very long time. There's some much more interesting work in the archive, but this is at least a start.

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