Infinite wonders can be produced by tiny brush strokes! Allow your gaze to linger among the kaleidoscopic amazements found in our Olena’s Garden covers.
Olena Skytsiuk is one of the foremost practitioners of Ukrainian Petrykivka painting, a technique in which each artwork is made with special brushes crafted from cat hairs to create a visual effect unlike any other. The style was born in the village of Petrykivka in the 17th century and is now recognised by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Artistic, religious and cultural traditions unite in the handwoven fabrics of our Sacred Tibetan Textiles. For centuries, Muslim families in Varanasi, India, have practiced the art of handweaving silks to create cloths and vestments for sacred rituals.
In Varanasi, the Kasim family has been practicing this meditative tradition for generations, passing down the knowledge and reverence of their ancestors. The fabrics reproduced on our covers come straight from the Kasim Silk Emporium and are an authentic expression of their cultural heritage. In these designs, created for Buddhist monasteries and the Dalai Lama, the weavers have portrayed the path to enlightenment, both in the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism represented by the pattern and in the brightness of the colours chosen.
Regal tones and a pedigreed history make our Jewel of Urbino journals exactly the thing to add a touch of pomp and a flourish of extravagance to your life. The original binding hails from Urbino, the legendary walled city in the Marche region of Italy, and was printed in 1755.
Our Jewel of Urbino journals are riches for the eye and for the spirit.
Original Artwork: “The Poetical Remains of Henry Kirke White of Nottingham” volume cover
No one has ever done moody better than the New Romantics of the 1980s. Taking their slightly sullen cues from previous movements in music, art and poetry, the New Romantics brought their hairstyles and their attitudes to new prominence. Inspired by the movement’s reclamation of bygone æsthetics, we have revived our Romantic Sensibility designs in bold new colours for the 21st century.
Our journals celebrate the drama that made the New Romantic movement some of the most ironic good times popular culture has ever had.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland overcame bad reviews and an initial lack of attention to become one of the most beloved and influential children’s books of all time.
The story began on an 1862 boat trip during which the author, Charles Ludwig Dodgson (better known to us as Lewis Carroll), rowed three young sisters along the River Thames. On the trip, Dodgson kept them entertained with a story about a bored young girl falling down a rabbit hole and into wondrous adventures with peculiar creatures.
The character of Alice was based on the middle sister, Alice Liddell, who loved Dodgson’s story and urged him to write it down for her. He did so and first included his own illustrations, later inviting John Tenniel to add drawings for the published story. By the time the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, was published in 1871, Alice had found her place in readers’ hearts. The books are renowned for their absurdist imagery, peculiar logic and marvellous word play.
Our cover is a reproduction of the handwritten 1864 manuscript with an original illustration by Dodgson.