Stories Behind the Character Scarves

March 07, 2018

Stories Behind the Character Scarves

Books have always been a big part of my life and still are, especially books by authors who wrote between the two World Wars. The very British Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford and their American counterparts Dorothy Parker and F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

I adore their dry, dark sense of humour and after re-reading there books many of there characters feel so real, they almost become friends. So, for me it seems only natural to want to bring them to life through my illustrations, add them to my stories and show them off on my scarves and pocket squares.

In my short story titled The Elephant in the Room both Big Blonde and Lady Metroland have key roles.

Big Blonde and Other Stories by Dorothy Parker

So far, I have illustrated a character from a short story by Dorothy Parker titled Big Blonde. It is about Hazel Morse who once she gets married thinks she does not need to be so bubbly anymore but can show other sides of herself, how wrong and naive can she be, you will find out for yourself,  when you read the story.

Here is a quote by fellow author - W. Somerset Maugham on Parker: 'Dorothy Parker has a wonderfully delicate ear for human speech .... Her style is easy without being slipshod and cultivated without affectation. It is a perfect instrument for the display of her many-sided humour, her irony, her sarcasm, her tenderness, her pathos.' 

Purchase your Big Blonde Scarf today


Lady Metroland

Lady Metroland is a character created by Evelyn Waugh and appears in many of his books such as "Decline and Fall", "Put Out More Flags and "Vile Bodies" to name a few. Margo Metroland is a vibrant, sharp woman with oomph, a social climber who knows what she wants and gets it. Thus becoming in EW’s books a renowned socialite who holds thee best parties.

In my story, it is through Lady Metroland’s intuition that she hosts one of her fabulous parties but this party is not just any party. She has known for a long time that Donk (the donkey) and Olive (the ostrich) really like each other, the chemistry between them is electric but both suffer from shyness and therefore need a helping hand.

She kindly brings over from Paris (France) her dear friend Fabrice, the matchmaking elephant who within an hour of meeting the couple has helped them come together.

Lady Metroland Scarf

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