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on 15 September 2010
This is one of the most gorgeous, carefully-produced books I have ever seen. From the thick card covers, printed in a way that makes them look hand done, then wrapped in brown paper, to the inside of the book, this is a labour of love. Every page is either a wonderful photograph, a collage of type-written notes, stamped images, edges of lace, luggage tags and wingdings or a mixture of all of these. The hand-typed words are printed on pattern paper, sacking, tracing paper and little notes. The whole thing is a lavishly-photographed scrapbook, a treasure you might stumble across in an old trunk in a dusty attic.
It's not for those who like their interiors slick and smart as fresh new paint. This is a book for collectors who didn't know where to stop, for hoarders, for magpies, for devotees of junk shops and car boot sales. Through the alchemy of the stylist's eye, a hotchpotch of miscellaneous objects, many of little or no intrinsic value (shells, stones, feathers, trinkets, old photos, strings of beads, birds' nests, ribbons) is transformed into ravishing interiors full of quirky interest. Somehow, Sibella Court brings a discipline to her random collections, rendering the mundane, magical. Hopefully, some of her skills will eventually rub off on me. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy this wonderful book.