Thursday, September 07, 2006

Inside the Cover...{the return of}...


My actually buying a new book {or two..you'll see that one tomorrow} means the return of Inside the Cover!!....I found this book :: Accidentism - Josef Frank :: on my travels yesterday and decided to treat myself.

So, yesterday....I decided last minute to nip down to London to catch the last day of a big jewellery trade show at Earls Court with the hope of buying stone, bead and pearl stock for all the work I have to make in the lead up to my Christmas shows. A 20 hour day started at 4.45am......and I arrived at the show at 12.20. To be honest, I didn't get as much as I had hoped {although I got some really good lemon citrine briolettes I will show tomorrow} as the dealers simply didn't have what I was looking for {nothing wildly out of the ordinary - what I would call basis stock....good quality pearls for example and some smokey quartz beads}, but I have made some new supplier contacts, so will follow those up to try get what I need over the next month or so...

By 3.00 I was well and truly knackered, and had seen enough and bought enough...so decided to call a halt to the show. I had a mere few hours before heading back to the airport so headed to Mecca..;) {aka Liberty} to have a quick dose of soul-soothing. A pot of Assam tea, and piece of their amazing carrot and pineapple cake perked me up enough to look around the store in earnest. On the third floor I found a jewel of a new section....Svenskt Tenn have opened a store within the store, bedecking one end of the gallery with Josef Frank pattern design a-plenty...heaven. So, although I absolutely cannot afford it, and had already given the ol' credit card a bashing and a half at the trade show....I just HAD to get the two books on Franks {one on his textile designs, and the other..seen above...on his architecture}. They were v, v pricey..but beautiful and I have never seen them before in the shops. 'Accidentism' has a printed fabric cover *melt*....and is a joy to behold.

....needless to say the day ended with the hell of the airport {Stanstead} and to be honest, chaos. The security queues took over an hour {just to get through the scanner - not including check in} and we had to listen to people verbally abusing the staff for the delays {blame our government people!..their policies lead to terrorism!}...it was a long day.:)))))

I would say that yesterday London kicked my ass...it was one of those dirty, irritating days with horrid cab drivers and rude folk everywhere....but thank goodness for the goodness at Liberty and the grade-A genius of Josef Frank. They got me through.

till tomorrow, xox

7 comments:

Anabel said...

Wow! the white house is like my house:-s

Shari said...

abigail,

looking forward to seeing what treasures you came home with. you know i, for one, ADORE "inside the cover". your architecture book is beautiful. so inspiring. love the cover! a spot of tea and some cake...oh do i ever need that now! xox shari

Sarah said...

Beautiful books! And isn't it a drag how London does that to you? So much loveliness to be had (Liberty! I splurged on a Svenkst Tenn tray last time I was there), but it just wears you down. Can't wait to see the new pieces!
xox
-sarah

lisa s said...

ah... a quickie to london [how i wish i could do that!].... am feeling quite knackered over here too....

but that book - that book is a joy!

nesty said...

sounds like an intense day! but oh how nice to visit liberty...i love love love it too :) hoping to visit later in the autumn with my mum & to see the new section you talked about. that book...wow...thanks for the introduction! looking forward to the next installment of "inside the cover"! x

Marieke said...

Yay for the return of inside the cover!Curious about your finds! x

Karen said...

Abigail,

That's how I feel when I go for day trips to London. BUT at least you got some stuff and I am looking forward to seeing it...