This was Adam’s idea. He usually has good ones. To see where in the World the Kimono Lamps live happily ever after. I mostly pick his brains whenever numbers are involved but this he came up with on his own initiative.
It has made my day this gloomy, windy Saturday, when even my favourite strawberry cream cupcake (from Cupcake Heaven market stall in Waterford city) couldn’t. Someone sent me an e-mail enquiry about the lampshade they saw a week before in The Sunday Times home section. Imagine my jaw drop!
Don’t know about you but before I got married and had a baby getting out of bed to get the weekend paper to read it back on the couch undisturbed for the rest of the morning (while maybe feeling a little uneasy about still being single at the time) with fresh breakfast rolls used to be such a treat! One of those maiden lifestyle things you just can’t recreate later. That is the reason I so profoundly missed this much desired publication.
I investigated all weekend papers from the previous week in the Waterford City Library but it was neither in the Independent, the Examiner nor in the Irish Times. It finally dawned on me that it must have been the UK Sunday Times. Which wasn’t kept in the library. But a desperate facebook appeal sorted me quickly as Kimono Lamps fan Niamh Doherty had it. You’re looking at her copy scanned above.
And it’s all thanks to Dara Flynn, who’s also the general editor of House and Home magazine. I hope a couple of girls out there enjoyed their Sunday paper that morning. Because I certainly would have!
At the start of Spring this year I met Tanya Colclough of Eden Photography and approached her about having some photographs taken of the lampshades I made to date.
Couple of emails and texts later Tanya and I met in the Waterford Book Centre new cafe upstairs and discussed the issue further while devouring the divine cheesecake they serve with raspberry sauce and best in town flat white (a version of macchiato). Needless to say the author of this blog gorged the most.
All in all it has turned out to be a very fruitful photoshoot. The green lampshade above has been favourited by 8 Etsy users and has made it to 2 treasury lists so far. More images feature prominently on Kimono Lamps website slideshow (although slightly cropped there) and full size in our facebook page album.
Tanya did a great job and Kimono Lamps will be shown as part of the exhibition on kimono art in Japan later in this month. I wonder what will the Japanese think of them…
But that’s not all!
The best shots I’ve sent to the Dara Flynn – the editor of Ireland’s finest interiors magazine – House and Home. And guess what! – They’re going to be published in the next July/August issue!