DINING FOR SMALL SPACES

Her cushions come in a range of shapes and most are designed with a background of stripes in varying widths and colours to offset the stronger colours of the central motif. Always made from silk, they are screen-printed then extensively over-painted by Patzi and signed. By adding touches of colour at this stage, it makes the finished product so much more personal, she says. Recently, her prints have taken off in a big way, appearing in traditional English drawing rooms, Nantucket beach houses and smart Florida duplexes. Mostly they come in pairs or sets of four in limited editions of 300 to 500, says Patzi, who oversees From her elegant 18th-century home in Hampshire, artist Patzi Craven produces a beautiful range of hand-painted textiles and prints. My inspiration is purely visual, she says. I might see a strange fruit or vegetable in the supermarket, for example, and if the colour or the shape strikes me as unusual I just have to get it down on paper. Patzi started out as a fashion model. In 1960 she was discovered by Norman Parkinson, DINING FOR SMALL SPACES the world-famous photographer, and appeared on the covers of countless glossy magazines. When she married and had children, however, her career came to a halt. Being a workaholic, I was desperate to find something I could do from home, she says.

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