The promised heatwave hit London yesterday and persisted into today – by 10am it was 28 degrees in the shade and still rising, finally topping out at about 32 degrees at lunchtime.
I love living in the city, but in the summer it’s a mixed blessing. The mass of hard surfaces – tarmac, concrete, brick, slate, stone – both absorbs the heat and reflects it back, and on a clear day when the temperature is high you can see the heat haze. On a day like today it makes the city seem, from a distance, blurry and out of focus.
Which was the perfect inspiration for the books I made today. I used a fabric which is printed with a slightly blurry map of London:
It’s a lovely fabric, and I actually like that you can’t see the fine detail – it gives the books a Monet-like effect: they look fabulous from a distance, but a little messy close up. I’ve got enough of the fabric left to make a third book, which I may well do tomorrow if the heatwave continues.