A Dragon in the Window: Simply Books, Bramhall.

Shop window, Simply Books, BramhallShop window of Simply Books with Holly dragon by Jackie MorrisStiking stars to the window at Simply Books, Bramhall.Inside the shop looking out at night, Stardragon.Interior of Simply Books with picture books on stand and in the window.making stars with the boy who knows triangles!Talking geometry with a starmaking boy in Simply Books, Bramhallsigning Starlight Sailor for dragon boys, Simply BooksSigning Tell Me a Dragon at Simply Books, Bramhall.Some of the photographs from a hectic few days at Simply Books in Bramhall. Had a lovely time with Sue and Andrew and sent many a dragon off to live with children in the area.

The dragon was scanned and printed and cut to shape for me by the wonderful men of Sigma in Haverfordwest. Not and easy task. We had two things to go on, size wise, the back of a VW camper van was the first and the shop window the second, as I would be driving her to her winter resting place. So, John scanned the art at a really high resolution so there would be no pixelation as she was enlarged and they chose a thicker board and put eye-hole rivets through in three places to see how she would hang and then wrapped her in bubbles. She was so carefully measured to be as big as possible that she only fit in one way around.

We drove to Tetbury first and she stayed in the van while I worked with Hereward from the Yellow Lighted Bookshop, then up to Derbyshire, looking for hares and finally in to Simply Books where we arrived good and early and she was straight out of the van and into the window. Sigma had scanned some star paintings for me too and these, printed in iridescent inks were stuck to the window. Some had wishes written on them. (If you want to know what the wishes are you will have to go to the shop to see.) She looked good in the daytime, wonderful at night, just the right size and colour. So thanks to Frances Lincoln for sponsoring her, Sigma for making her so well and with such care and Simply Books for hanging her.

Working at a school around the corner on the Saturday so many of the children had seen her, had been waiting for her to arrive and were excited. Now I hope that they go and visit her, and take her stars to hang up and decorate the shop for Christmas.

On the way home we rested again in Derbyshire at a beautiful farm in a sweep of hills, a stunning place. Stoop Farm. Perfect.

Stoop Farm, DerbyshireChrone Hill, near Stoop Farm

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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4 Responses to A Dragon in the Window: Simply Books, Bramhall.

  1. Christina says:

    Jackie, on that third last photo…do my eyes deceive me (and they’re a bit dodgy so they might) or can I see your very own story whispering dragon curled around your ear?!

  2. Val says:

    Gosh that Dragon is Brilliant !!!

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