Fabric, Follies and Fumbling Boys

9 Mar

Years ago, in a university English department that was shaded by leafy jacaranda trees in summer, the most earnest and cleverest of boys (it was always the boys) would push their glasses against spotty bows,  call upon notes made feverishly in the small hours and make grand pronouncements that generally included words like ‘intertextuality’. Being broadly less studious, I’d roll my eyes and gaze out at the mauve blossom in the neighbouring courtyard, for the belief was that if a flower fell on your head you’d pass all your exams…I stood beneath a lot of jacaranda trees that year.

However, in the same very, very loose way in which I approached most of my English essays back then, intertextuality popped into my head earlier this week while I looked through the website of St Jude’s .  I had come upon this pretty fabric, ‘Painswick’, designed by Ed Klutz:

Do you see those lovely follies clever Ed has drawn?  Well, they come from here, Painswick House,  which has a rather fun garden in the Rococo style. At this time of year it is full of snowdrops and is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon, as we did last weekend.  Of course, it is impossible to visit the garden without noticing the follies, particularly those which are painted a stark and rather hard white…perhaps the colour is historical but Ed has done them rather a favour in this fabric. Also, in the small orchard, there ‘grazed’ several fibre-glass sheep which looked realistic from afar but on closer inspection brought to mind the MPs’ expenses scandal of some years ago. Duck houses are so passé these days, don’t you know?

This, my favourite folly, not painted white, was tucked away in a woodland walk. It made a super focal point at the end of the long walk, which I’m tempted to call an allée, but I don’t think it’s quite that.

And a few flowers

You might notice a faint watermark on these pictures.  It’s an experiment inspired by the current infatuation with Pinterest – I’ve noticed that, in most cases, by the time an image has been repinned for the third or fourth time,  all attribution has been lost.  I’ve resisted this kind of labelling in the past because I felt it seemed selfish, miserly  even, but I’m going to give it a go and see how I get on.


5 Responses to “Fabric, Follies and Fumbling Boys”

  1. Elephant's Eye March 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    I’ve been steadily watermarking my blog photos, ever since I first noticed other bloggers complaining about pictures, blog posts, the whole toot – being stolen. I know a dedicated thief can photoshop out the watermark, but we make it a little more tiresome for them. Selfish, miserly – why? It was my time, my idea, and I’m posting it to the world out there via my blog!

  2. Marina B March 10, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    Oh dear, the watermarks are terrible! I recommend using a tool that gives you invisible watermarks that only appear when the image is copied or downloaded; that way your blog stays watermark free. I’m researching this now but haven’t yet found any free ones, although there are plenty for sale. More soon!

    Absolutely gorgeous folly picture, and fabric!

    • Vivienne March 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      Ah Marina, I’m glad you feel the same. I had in mind that clever watermark widget/gadget/thingy which some photolibraries use, I think. Do let me know if you make any progress. Aha! Perhaps this is something I can put down as an expense on my tax bill. Must purchase before April.

      Thanks for posting, Elephant’s Eye. Again, I felt exactly the same as you about the content. I put time and money into images, not a lot but enough, and while I’m happy to share, sometimes that sharing becomes too easy. That said, I’m much more in favour of Guardian Open Journalism than The Times paywall.

      • Vivienne March 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

        Perhaps another argument is that once something is on the net, it’s gone, released beyond one’s control, and one must be prepared to accept that.

      • Elephant's Eye April 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

        open journalism – yes. The journalist and editor etc have already been paid for their work. For this reader, the paywall means I read the opposition.
        Once it is on the net, it can be downloaded and move on, but with my ‘ET please call home’. I see the watermark as quiet advertising for my blog.
        Otherwise it just another pretty picture I picked up on the internet, and I have to use Google’s Search by Image to work out where I found it.

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