|Jade Drakes in her St James shop, Duck Girl|
I did - a couple of weeks ago. And it was enchanting. Jade is the kind of person who really should have been born during the 19th Century! She's a collector and maker of things. Her shop, which is called Duck Girl, is a little gem of a place - full of things she loves and has made. I was thrilled to find it.
Jade recently started making aprons, using lace she has collected from all over the world. She showed me an gorgeous antique apron, made of satin with embroidered flowers. She has pieces of furniture and light fixtures that she's found about the place; tiny rings and earrings that she's made with beads she's been collecting, and little objects for sale which she thinks are beautiful and interesting.
Going into Jade's shop is a bit of a Looking Glass experience. I was carried into her world of beautiful things, lovingly and carefully created, and it was a delight.
|Some of Jade's aprons|
|Plants and containers|
|A collection of buttons and rolls of antique ribbons|