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writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

Sandford Y Festival Book Event

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I was invited by Carol McGrath (you can find out about Carol and her first novel The Handfasted Wife here), to do a spoken word performance at the Sandford Y Festival. This took place on Saturday 7 July at The Lamb Inn in the pretty Devon village of Sandford. This award-winning gastro pub has a delightful function room where I shared my stories. Other activities included a meet the writers event where Carol McGrath, Jenny Barden and Jennifer Ash offered input on life as historical novelists. The day was rounded off with a balloon debate where the three novelists dressed up as their characters in a thoroughly entertaining finale.

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Very many thanks to Susie Williams for organising this event.

Sandford Y Festival

 

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Fashion and Paisley Print

From being a highly prized pattern in Victorian times, paisley enjoyed a resurgence during the 1960s when clothes in this print became a popular fashion item for men and women.

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Certain garments continue to carry the paisley pattern today.

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Although shawls are not as popular as they once were, still the paisley pattern is used.

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And the not quite paisley patterned shawl.

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I hope you have enjoyed this series of blog posts on paisley designs. My short fiction collection, Paisley Shirt remains available with free delivery from The Book Depository and is stocked in Gullivers in Wimborne, The Book Shop in Bridport, Serendip in Lyme Regis and The Swanage Bookshop.

 

 

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Weaving in art

Weaving is shown in works of art over the centuries. From a variety of countries, we see  both men and women producing fabric by interlacing warp and weft threads through the use of a frame or handloom. Due to my interest in the producton of paisley pattern, I’ve had fun identifying paintings to appear on this post. I hope you enjoy them.

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Weaver near an open window by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

 

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Der Leinenweber by Johann August Ernest Niegelssohn (1757-1833)

 

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American Indians: first families of the Southwest by John Frederick Huckel (1836-1936)

 

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Weavers, Tomb of Khnumhotep, Egyptian Art

 

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De Mulieribus Claris weaver (fifteenth century)

 

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The Weaver by Walter Gay (1856-1937)

 

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Muslim shawl makers in Kashmir by William Simpson (1867)

This final image is the one that interests me most, given my collection of short fiction is titled Paisley Shirt, which draws inspiration from the pattern that became popular with Europeans in Victorian times. Shawls were hand-made from the fine wool of  Himalayan mountain goats which were brought into India from Tibet and Ladak.

If you would like to read Paisley Shirt, the collection is now available from the Book Depository or you can purchase it from the following shops: Gullivers in Wimborne, The Book Shop in Bridport, Serendip in Lyme Regis,  The Swanage Bookshop, and Waterstones Dorchester. It is also available for loan through Dorset Libraries/Libraries West.

 

 

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Story behind the cover image

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The cover image for the collection Paisley Shirt was taken by Robert Sheie who allows images to be shared under creative commons licence.  Robert’s company is called Menswear Market which  is a personalised online consignment service with clients across the U.S. and customers around the world. He helps clients to sell their merchandise online by using websites such as eBay and Amazon.

To thank Robert for allowing me to use image, I sent him a copy of Paisley Shirt. I was delighted to receive an email from him giving a little more background information to the image. The paisley shirt I chose is a silk dress shirt from the House of Bijan in Beverly Hills (“the most expensive store in the world”), so I am pleased to have selected an exclusive product for the collection.

Note to self: remember to put a reply address on packages otherwise they may be regarded as unsafe. Thankfully, Robert took the risk in opening the envelope, so now I can share this information with you.

Paisley Shirt is available with free delivery from The Book Depository and is stocked in Gullivers in Wimborne, The Book Shop in Bridport, Serendip in Lyme Regis and The Swanage Bookshop.

 

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