See this: Life in Squares

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If you haven’t heard about the new BBC 2 drama Life in Squares where have you been. It explores the lives and loves of the Bloomsbury Set – focusing on sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell – and is fabulous, both for the storyline (lots of bohemian sex, art and literature) and the way it looks.

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The older Vanessa Bell is played by the wonderful Eve Best (remember her as the English doctor in Nurse Jackie).

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I have long been a fan of Vanessa Bell, who designed textiles as well as art, creating hand-painted linens with geometric patterns as part of the Omega Workshops, a craft collective based in Fitzroy Square. The colourful print fabrics were made intro dresses worn by many society hostesses of the time.

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Textiles designed by Vanessa Bell

I can feel a visit to Charleston coming on……

Life in Squares is currently airing on BBC Two on Mondays at 9pm.

 

2 Comments

  • I am loving every minute of Life in Squares, such a fascinating story.

  • sue evans says:

    Sadly, despite looking forward to this series and being a huge Bloomsbury Group fan, I have been disappointed so far. It doesn’t really explain who people are / their connections , even really what they do, so unless you know the history of the group it could be a bit confusing.
    I’m persevering however and hope I start loving it as you do Jane.

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