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About lholmes4keats

I have worked with Museums across the UK for the last ten years making costumes for exhibitions on everything from The Titanic to Tyrannosaurs. I have Run workshops and lectures on costume both nationally and internationally, my work has featured in exhibitions, films and theatre productions both nationally and internationally. In 2011 I curated The Needle is always at hand, an exhibition of dress based on Fanny Brawne's life while she lived at Keats House.

The value of these simple and inexpensive instruments has been proved in too many cases to need any argument in their favour

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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“Oh, dear. Ill-conceived love, I should warn you, is like a Christmas cracker: one massively disappointing bang, and the novelty soon wears off”

“Oh, dear. Ill-conceived love, I should warn you, is like a Christmas cracker: one massively disappointing bang, and the novelty soon wears off”   Blackadder   I was given a random but rather wonderful Christmas present yesterday, a bulk load … Continue reading

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Caress the detail, the divine detail

“Caress the detail, the divine detail” Vladimir Nabokov A couple of weeks ago I was showing a friend the sights in Peterborough, including our vintage shop, which is stuffed with cut price treasures, when we discovered this bodice. My first … Continue reading

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Process and Collaboration

This blog post is about process, and collaboration. The process of concept to finished artwork, and a collaboration between myself and the very talented hair stylist Toni Tatlow, who created the period inspired styles for my forthcoming book. Toni works … Continue reading

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Where do handbags go to die?

My mother gave me this purse the other day; she has had it since she was a child, when she was given it to play with by her mother. All children play at being grown ups (silly things) Cooking, cleaning … Continue reading

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The pages are still blank

“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible” Vladimir Nabokov I am trying to finish writing a book. It is hard work and … Continue reading

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