Collage illustrations that depict the homes of British writers

Do you love literature and always have your nose in a book? Spanish illustrator Amanda White specialises in depicting the homes of British writers, all through the beautiful technique of paper-cut collage.

The textures, layers and colours really bring these imagined homes to life in her ongoing series entitled "Writer's Houses". As she explains: "It seems to have taken over my creative life right now and for the foreseeable future. They satisfy my cravings for England, my love of books and writers, my passion for architecture and landscape and my finickety interest in historical research (which probably dates back to my theatre design training all those years ago). And the means - recycling old magazines - allows me to indulge my overriding fondness for pattern.

"Each house is a challenge on so many levels: the composition, getting across the atmosphere of the place and its inhabitants, trying to find a moment in time to sum that place up. I concede I allow myself a lot of liberties! And anachronisms - sorry, but Keats's house always gets the commemorative plaque that obviously wasn't there in his day, simply because for me it looks bare without it!

"Anyway, this project has all the symptoms of becoming a chronic lifelong obsession. My list of 'possibles' and other peoples' suggestions (I am always open to them) just keeps growing."


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