Not this year.
I spent it on beautiful things with no real function whatsoever. I bought some earrings, by Rachel Hearne. They reminded me of Viners Studio cutlery, which I love.
and a print for above my chest of drawers in the bedroom
It's a very nice collagraph by Julie Evans, part of the Glad - Var exhibition at Arteria in Lancaster.
Dan is 40 next month and his Mum asked him to think of something he might like to mark the occasion. He decided on a Japanese woodblock print to live alongside the painting we inherited from his Great Grandfather from his time working in Kobe in the 1930s. So we headed off to York to look at the Japanese Print Shop - a place I must have walked past hundreds of times as it was on my route to work, but had never visited before, probably because I thought everything would be too expensive.
We parked at Poppleton Park & Ride and took the bus into the centre, very convenient as it was raining when we arrived, no waiting for a bus, we hopped straight on (£2.90 return). We headed straight for my treat which was a trip to the art gallery (free with Art Pass) to see Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape which was just fantastic, lots of photographs and prints I'd never seen before, plus a very entertaining collection of John Stezaker collages, well worth a look if you're in town, the exhibition runs until April.
After quite some time in the print shop, Dan was undecided, but I wasn't
I went for this small print.
Because I just can't have enough orange!
We left the shop to give Dan some time to think and after an hour or so he still hadn't decided, we went back to the shop, he took a deep breath and picked my favourite of his shortlist (I hadn't influenced him in any way). He's decided to keep it wrapped until his birthday so I can't share it here, but it's a beautiful diptych of cranes. We didn't have to wait for a bus on the way back either, straight on and a nice sit down before the journey home. Success!