イギリス Financial Times の ウェブマガジン「how to spend it」内のコラムで、
先週、クリスマス前のドタバタのなか、私はデザイン業界における「紙に魅了された作品」について調べていました。ここ数年のペーパーデザインの盛り上がりは、ずっと私の頭の片隅で気になっており、私にとっては（おそらく他の人達にとっても）、このブームは英国人アーティスト Rob Ryan の魔法のような切り絵とスクリーンプリントを目にしたときから始まったのだと思います。青い空や楽しげな鳥、ジングルベル、そしてハッピーエンディングの待つ世界を信じる、私の中の子どもの部分に彼の作品は話しかけてくるのです。
I traveled to Stratford-upon-avon and Warwick last week. I visited all the places related to Shakespeare. I have not bothered to put here all the photos of Shakespeare's birthplace etc, because other websites are much better at this! It was nice to walk around enjoying the scenery and history, especially knowing about the lives of men and women from the 11th to the 16th century.
I took a train to visit Warwick Castle which was built on the orders of William the Conqueror in 1068. Although it is worth visiting this historic huge castle, it is slightly like a theme park due to it being leased by the Madame Tussauds group. The view from the tower of the castle was amazing, showing the town of Warwick, farmland, woodland and the River Avon. St Mary's church in Warwick village was also interesting to see gorgeous tombs of the Earls of Warwick. Notably Richard De Beauchamp the 13th earl of Warwick. You can see bears everywhere in the town, and also on the tombs! It is an emblem for the earls of Warwick.
On the last day I visited Anne Hathaway's cottage where Shakespeare's wife lived with her family. It is just over 1 mile from the town centre and I had a pleasant walk there. The old house has a large garden with many kinds of plants, flowers and an apple orchard. I loved everything and enjoyed listening about the life style 400 years ago. The most surprising thing was that a bed was the most expensive piece of furniture. It was such a status symbol that it would be positioned in the dining room or close to a window in the hope that passers by may catch a glimpse of it. I really enjoyed my last holiday and now I'm ready for the course starting this Monday! Enjoy your weekend x