Godwits, Avis and Persephone Books


Persephone Books is a delightful bookshop and publishing house based in London’s Bloomsbury district. It publishes neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-20th century (mostly) women writers.

The books come with silver grey covers, the colour is in the endpapers. These are often wallpaper or textile designs from a similar period to the writing.

New Zealand writer, Robin Hyde’s The Godwits Fly has just been re-published by Persephone Books. The end papers are of an early textile design by Avis produced while she was working at Silk and Textile Printers (STP), Sydney


Hyde Godwits Persephone Book Cover   Hyde Godwits Persephone End Papers


To know more about Persephone Books and their marvellous titles, click here.

You can buy Godwits direct from Persephone, or support New Zealand bookshops by ordering through Unity Books here.

Avis's "Flax" design at Paris Embassy


Dilana Rugs has produced a number of rugs with Avis's designs, many are now in private residences and public spaces in and outside New Zealand.

A rug with her "Flax" design has recently been acquired by the New Zealand Embassy in Paris, it is shown here at a recent function with a group of staff and guests including Rugby star Dan Carter.

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Helen Hitchings Gallery at Te Papa



The Gallery of Helen Hitchings, which opened in 1949 ran for less than 2 years. It was New Zealand's first dealer gallery and championed Modernism. Te Papa has featured the gallery in it's Being Modern section, with photos taken in 1949 along with art and objects that were exhibited there. In the recent exhibition a photo shows Helen Hitchings with several works by various artists including an ink drawing and textile design by Avis.


See Te Papa Curator Justine Olsen's blog.

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