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love the Mass Observation diaries of the 1930s, 40s and 50s- a record of British life by ordinary people. This quote comes from Nella Last ( in the book 'Nella Last's War' published by The Trustees of the Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex- you can buy it online).
She chronicles family, local gossip, war shortages, volunteering in a canteen and at the Red Cross shop, is a dab hand with a needle and "dodging up" her food rations. Her life was made into a film called "Housewife, 49" starring Victoria Wood.
Anyway. Nella went on to write over a million words and many of them inspire me. If in doubt, I ask myself "What Would Nella Do"? She died before any of the diaries were published.
I think these words speak to many of us today- especially if you love to upcycle or hand-make. The illustration has been slightly digitally enhanced from the original pen and ink line drawing and lettering by me.
The print has been made at home with German museum standard, acid-free fine art paper and archival Chroma inks. Pin it up, prop in on a ledge or hang from a string line above your desk with a bulldog clip for inspiration- woo hoo!
Paper measures 21cm squared It supplied in a clear wrapper with cardboard stiffener in envelope. Where possible I use recycled cardboard.
If you haev any further questions, please just ask!
Sewing, making and history... something to inspire us to keep making the best with what we have and recycle.
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