Embroidered Garden Flowers by Kazuo Aoki

Roost Books (to be published in January 2018). In the twenty-first century, while the traditional embroidery styles sashiko (“little stabs”) and nihon shishu (ornate symbolic stitchery), have continued to enchant and engross stitchers, there has also developed a less-stylised kind of Japanese decorative stitching. This popular kind of embellishment is more varied than the darning-style stitching of sashiko and less painstaking than the fine satin-stitch of nihon shishu. One category of modern Japanese embroidery often features ‘kawaii’ figures in stem and outline stitch – animals, people, household implements – and is popularly used on children’s clothing. Another school focuses on the botanical – landscapes, plants,…

Continue Reading →

The Fireside Book (of David Hope)

We're missing a deer.  The Fireside Book of David Hope 1975.

We're missing a deer. The Fireside Book of David Hope 1975.

The first Fireside Book of David Hope (“A picture and a poem for every mood, chosen by David Hope”) was printed and published by D C Thomson & Co Ltd (Dundee and London).  The copy which L owns and treasures has “Christmas 1967” hand-written inside the front cover, although the book itself is not dated.  This copy (below) came into the TVC household decades after its birth, when P found it in a second-hand bookshop. Our very first Fireside Book was given to L for Christmas 1972.  The dust jacket of this 1973 edition tells how well-loved it has been.  It has been…

Continue Reading →

Eurovision 2017

May 15, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, Modern Music, MUSIC, POLITICS |
The Boy with the Ice Cream Face...Isaiah Firebrace - A Song for Australia and Europe

The Boy with the Ice Cream Face...Isaiah Firebrace - A Song for Australia and Europe

Kiev, May 14, 2017 The Varnished Culture can’t reveal the results of our unique Eurovision drinking games, but we can report upon our patented ‘Euro-Points’ results. You’ll recall that Euro points are given for: 1. Dry ice 2. Contortionists 3. Bad Dancing 4. Any item of Clothing being Torn Away 5. Dwarves 6. Angel Wings or Mock Flying 7. Clowns 8. Piano as Furniture 9. Bearded Ladies 10. Puffs of Smoke This year was marked by really bad dancing (Norway even had a cavorting gimp), poor retro fashions, the odd dopey prop (Belarus perched on a fake hovercraft; a chap from Moldova pretended…

Continue Reading →

TVC Caption Contest!

January 31, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, ART |
The Love Letter

Here we have a section from “The Love Letter” by Johannes Vermeer. The Dutch master of light and domestic scenes painted it about 1666. You can see the original in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Please send us your suggested caption. The best three selections will receive prominent publication (with attribution, or anonymously if you prefer) and a copy of the seminal experimental novel Tranquility, signed by the author (we will consider personalized dedications if requested). You will need to send us your email address and postal address (no, we will not publish those, and yes, we do not spam)… T’s and C’s:…

Continue Reading →

Classical Greek at the WEA in 2017.

January 24, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, HISTORY, LIFE |
Image courtesy of The Australian.

Image courtesy of The Australian.

Hard to believe that we ten will be entering our fourth year of Greek with Dr Boria at the Adelaide WEA.  I still haven’t got a hold of those progressive active participles.  We love our lessons.  Our books – Athenaze 1 textbook and workbook (yes, we are only now completing book one) – are tattered to various degrees – mine is the worst of all.  Perhaps we will start on Athenaze 2 this year? (The Athenaze books are available at Dymocks in the city, or online).  More εταιροι και εταιραι* would be welcome ….so please join us! No-one is made to feel stupid for their…

Continue Reading →

© Copyright 2014 The Varnished Culture All Rights Reserved. TVC Disclaimer. Site by KWD&D.