chintz + cheetah

Rose Cumming (1887-1968) was a Sydney-born textile designer and interior decorator who made her career in New York. Stranded there (while en route to Paris) in 1917 because of transport issues related to WWI, by 1921 Rose had a decorating business alongside a shop that sold antiques and fabrics. She designed and printed her own textiles, and was a particular fan of chintz. Her flamboyance and avant garde ideas attracted celebrity clients, including Marlene Dietrich. She famously hated lamps, instead using blackRead more

emptiness – guest post by John Mateer

“In Buddhist and Taoist philosophy emptiness is a key concept, yet in English it becomes either something banal, ’empty of meaning’, or something haunting, frightening, bleak – almost as echoic and disturbing as the notion of death. But its more usual, shallower impression in English reminds me that language itself might give the impression of being shallow and slight even as it conveys concepts that can shape one’s world.” From OED: empty, From Old English, meaning ‘at leisure, not occupied; unmarried’,Read more