The 'Byzantine' Collection is inspired by the Byzantine Empire, the opulence, excesses, arts and lavish feasts, their admiration of nature's bounty, tempered by suspicion.

 

'In Byzantine the drapes remained closed; only with occasional chinks opening here and there to show views of observed nature. This was not because the Byzantines were oblivious to the charms of nature, far from it - but their delight was mingled in distrust.' (Nectar & illusion, Henry Miguire).

 

Whilst celebrating the infinite beauty of nature, the Byzantines also considered it fleeting and a corruptible distraction from reality. The natural world could be admired, but one should be weary and suspicious of its magnificence. The use of fruits in art and design were emblematic of gluttony and the fall of man. Some argued that the depiction of Animals in Art were an error, which no Byzantine would engage in unless he were 'led astray by Demons.'

 

Available August 2016.

GOOD BOY

KEW GARDENS

DRESSING UP BOX

BYZANTINE

FEAST

BRUISED LACE