Wednesday, February 11

My Old China






This was the finished set of book pages for my cockney rhyming slang project about the expression "My old china plate" meaning of course "Mate". I really enjoyed the limited palette of the 50's feel I was going for, and looking into geometric designs and how european travel was becoming fashionable especially in the deigns by Hugh Casson for Midwinter. Yes, the pottery geek within well and truly took over, which was great! Designing it to look like a crockery catalogue for a department store had its own charm too, I even made a hardback version and stuck red tape on it saying "STORE COPY - DO NOT REMOVE", which made me giggle.

Apologies to Francesca for totally accidentally ripping off her bowls print on the front cover of the book. By the time I realised why it seemed so comfortable and familiar-looking it was too late to change. I hope she's flattered...I think it looks great!

7 comments:

nath said...

Oh, they're just lovely!
You have definitely captured that 1950s feeling. I'd happily have any of them on my wall.

Anna Betts said...

Thanks Nath!
I consider that quite compliment indeed, you seem to really know your vintage stuff! I LOVE that little "owlet" you found, so cute. It makes me want to make ceramic owl salt and pepper shakers...

Francesca said...

how rude! (not really). i was just scooting down thinking 'where did anna get this gorgeous book from?' and it's yours! it's so divine! has it been through a 'crit'? what did your fellow students say?

Anna Betts said...

Hehe, phew!
Yeah we had a crit last week and it seemed to go down well. My lecturer held it up and said "if you put the effort in you can achieve something exquisite", and then a couple of days ago she emailed to ask to buy a copy. So I'm pretty much the smug git of my group now... although I'm keeping it to myself about selling it as I don't want to get lynched!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on the great feedback from your lecturer! I really like these a lot. Would love to see a photo of the 'Store Copy' tape! Nice idea:)

Francesca said...

teacher's pet...
well done, you deserve it.

Anna Betts said...

I know, I'd totally hate me if I were someone else...
As it is though, I think I'm 100% awesome. Ha!