She Put on a Brew

Each week this year I’m creating a digital collage to go on my Tumblr site: She Put on a Brew. For this project I’ve been reading British female authors published works from the 1930s/40s/50s/60s — afterwards selecting a passage from the book that resonates. When finished I research a British Tea Set from the decade the book was published in, find images in my stash of magazines from the same era – and then design a collage. I’ve learned an incredible amount since January about how these women wrote, thought, the culture they lived in and the merchandise they could buy. Sourcing the images in the magazines is a fascinating and eye-opening experience — especially when comparing them to contemporary advertising and articles.

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Rebecca_West_1947

Jean_Rhys_1934

Rumer_Godden_The_River_1946