Isabel Bannerman is, in the words of Richard E. Grant, ‘one of the world’s foremost garden designers’. With her husband, Julian, she has designed gardens for King Charles III, for Lord Rothschild, for John Paul Getty . . . and for any number of other grandees and celebrities. But their favourite gardens are those they have made for themselves, notably at Hanham Court near Bristol, Trematon Castle overlooking Plymouth Sound and Ashington Manor in Somerset. Min Hogg, in World of Interiors, describes Isabel and Julian as ‘mavericks in the grand manner, touched by genius’. Isabel’s first book, Landscape of Dreams, in which her writing was described by Anna Pavord as ‘brilliant . . . vivid, engaged’ was The Sunday Times Garden Book of the Year 2016, Scent Magic, (‘a dream of a book’) was The Sunday Times Garden Book of the Year 2019.
Karen Barbé is a textile designer, embroiderer, self-taught photographer and blogger based in Santiago, Chile. With a background in retail and marketing, she currently designs her own brand of home textiles and accessories, drawing inspiration from traditional crafts, folklore, textiles, handcrafting, cheap plasticware - anything simple and unpretentious. She is also a lecturer at the School of Design of Universidad Catolica de Chile and hosts embroidery workshops in her studio in Santiago. Her work has been featured in magazines and online internationally. She is the author of Colour Confident Stitching (Pimpernel Press 2017), which has been translated into German, Spanish and Korean.
David Bindman retired as Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art, University
College London in 2005 and was Visiting Professor of the History of Art, Harvard
University, 2010-16. He has written books on William Blake, William Hogarth, L.F.
Roubiliac, Canova and Thorvaldsen, and on the Briitish response to the French Revolution.
More recently he has worked on ideas of race and art, and is the author of Ape to Apollo and
is editor, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr of the series The Image of the Black in Western Art.
Dr Bruce Boucher is Deborah Loeb Brice Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum. He taught for over twenty years at University College London and is the author of books on Palladio, and on Italian Sculpture. He is a corresponding member of the Ateneo Veneto in Venice and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.