My website

As I build up my website, I hope it will become a resource for people interested in the art, textiles and culture of Russia, central and eastern Europe. Over the many years that this subject has been my passion, I have collected information, images and artefacts that I would like to share here, as well as through my talks and published writing. Here are a few favourite images from my travels over the past few years.


Vladimir Stozharov

Soviet-era painter of the Russian North

I’ve missed Russia – and my blog

To get myself in the mood for writing again, I’m remembering my most recent trip to Russia

Photographs of Romanian dress from the 1930s and 1940s

An expression of national identity from a lost era

Traditional Ukrainian Headdresses Recreated

The colourful beauty of folk dress

Artistic impressions of folk dress

Some lovely images

Abundant Autumn

This Russian painting evokes the season

Iceland – landscape and dress

I know it’s not in Russia or East Europe but Iceland made such an impact that I have to share it

Танцуют все! – Everybody dance!

A jolly wedding video

The Jewels of ‘War & Peace’

as featured in the current and earlier adaptations of Tolstoy’s greatest work

The missing Marian Column of Prague

To restore – or not?

Tibor Reich

Hungarian-born textile designer who influenced British interiors

Serov’s grave

A moving story, in more ways than one

Valentin Serov and Domotkanovo

A place of inspiration for a celebrated artist

Russian Drinking Songs

Not exactly a barrel of laughs

Zinaida Serebryakova

A wonderful painter, particularly of women and children

Christmas Decorations

Lighting up Moscow and London for the festive season

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Soviet Union

Atmospheric photographs from 1954

The Good Soldier Wojtek

An ursine hero

Ukrainian Fashion Week

Traditional Ukrainian dress on the catwalk

Portrait of an unknown woman

with and without cat