Happy Chinese Lunar New Year – the year of the Dragon! Dragons are a classic design element and you see them everywhere!
You may have noticed my new header (if you get this via e-mail, click through to the blog). It’s the famous Scalamandré print Chi’En Dragon in coral. I swapped out the cream background for the grey that I use on the blog, so it would look seamless, but here it is in coral and cream.
There are lots of dragon fabrics that are very popular with the design crowd, the most popular being Chiang Mai Dragon by Schumacher. Funnily, it’s not one of my favourites, as I think it’s a very busy pattern. Even in a monochromatic colourway, it’s still too busy.One of the dragon motifs that I love is Tail Lights, a Lilly Pulitzer print. It’s a dragon with a traditional lantern at the end of its tail. I made up some pillows with this great fabric a last year.
I have a certain affinity for dragons, because the symbol for Wales is the Red Dragon. You see this on everything in Wales, from flags at rugby games to the local carpet cleaning company. The red dragon has its origins in Arthurian legends, but it still endures today, with Welsh people being known as dragon-hearted. Our local cricket club in the Vale of Glamorgan was called the Welsh Dragons.
At rugby games, they play Cwm Rhondda or Bread of Heaven or the Welsh Rugby Hymn, and change the words a bit from the classic hymn to “Can you hear the valleys ringing, Can you hear the dragons roar?”
But really, my favourite dragons are attending school in Oxford, England at the Dragon Pre-Preparatory School, following which, they attend the Dragon Preparatory School. Their motto is Strive Towards the Sun.
If I had children, I’d want them to attend this school and be little dragons.
All the very best to you in the Year of the Dragon. Kung Hei Fat Choy!