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.


Please continue to watch this space…

My new-look website is coming soon

International Quilt Festival, Suzdal, Russia

Watch this space for lots more about the Festival

Hello Summer!

Another wonderful Soviet-era image

Sunset (Napszállta)

A new film by Hungarian director László Nemes

Learn to do everything yourself!

Bringing up children the Soviet way


You can’t avoid it if you’re in Moscow in June

Mathias Rust and Border Guards Day, 1987

This feat of aviation and bravado still fascinates me, after more than 30 years

Young Pioneers Day

celebrating the Soviet citizens of the future

Textiles of the Russian Arts & Crafts Movement

- a couple of talks I’m giving soon

All my own work…


- from a long time ago. Now I need to start creating again

Néprajzi Múzeum, Budapest

I can’t wait to go there when they re-open in a new space

The Russians’ House

Home of Vassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter in southern Germany

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