Gardening with Mr Bawden (Special Edition)

Artist(s): Kate Farley
Format: paperback
Year published: 23rd May 2018
Publisher: Design For Today
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 8-page booklet


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Edward Bawden’s passion for gardens and gardening was evident from his first book, A General Guide to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Spring and Easter 1923, drawn during student days at The Royal College and dedicated to his friend Eric Ravilious. In the years to follow images of plants and planting would inhabit much of his illustrative work. Dustjackets for Ambrose Heath’s cookery books, posters for Kew and London Transport, a Gardener’s Diary for Country Life, wallpaper with the painter John Aldridge, and then memorably in 1956 a commision to design a cast-iron garden seat for the Bilston Iron Foundry.

Kate Farley’s tribute to Bawden is a contemporary interpretation and celebration of pattern, plants and her own love of gardening and allotments. Those with a knowledge of Bawden’s work will spot the nods and tips to his greenhouse, the climbing sunflowers and the dappled table and picnic chairs and a shared enthusiasm for time spent digging, planting and watering.

These Special Edition signed and numbered copies comes with 4 cello-bagged cards designed by Kate and an 8 page booklet describing how the book was designed and a short piece on Bawden’s love of gardens and gardening.


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