A few Sunday’s ago Sadie, Kieran & Myself went on a little road trip to Walthamstow Village. Sadie had to top up on some Tweed for the Tweed Run & Auntie Maureen had kindly invited us to visit her at her Menswear nook – ‘Brown Paper Bag‘! There were some other lovely shops located on one small street & it was a pleasant surprise to learn of Walthamstow’s arty connections. The Boutique we visited, where Auntie has set up a small but perfectly formed emporium of masculine attire also has other stall holders selling crafted gifts, independent artists & photographers can also rent out space on the walls.
I took a few snaps of some of the surrounding shop fronts, as they had retained their original signs
After Sadie had got her Tweed we decided to make the most of being in the area, Auntie maureen gave us directions to The William Morris museum that, amazingly, was open on a Sunday AND is FREE to get in!! Huzzah for things that open on Sundays & are free!
I knew of his prints & fabrics but not much else, I sort of assumed he was a Laura Ashley of his day. Mass producing textiles, wallpaper,rugs & furniture. I was sort of right but it was absolutely fascinating to get behind his inspiration & understand his boundless energy for attempting to make things practical & beautiful at the same time! He was hugely influence by Medieval & Renaissance art, he loved stained glass windows & the romanticized characters that lept from the coloured glass. There were examples of these all through out the museum..
Aswell as many of his personal items such as printing blocks, drawings, photographs & half finished projects were all on display
All in all it was a lovely day to spend a Sunny Sunday afternoon! I will cap it off with a quick picture of myself on the staircase at the Museum!
Hand Knitted 1940’s Jumper from a Vintage Shop in Brussel
Skirt from American Apparel
Shoes were a Charity shop find
Guitar Brooch also from Brussels
I have been very lucky & have had the chance to do many a fun thing these last few weeks & I will give you all another update soon!
Love VV xx
p.s If you haven’t tried M&S Rhubarb & Custard Soda then I strongly suggest you do….