belatrova at the Panto

Leading figures from the world of design and fashion are coming together to raise money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) by performing in “Peter Pan and the Designers of the Caribbean” at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, who describe the story as follows:

London is grey and drab. All the interior designers have fled to Never Never Land to escape their client’s bad taste and endless complaints. But with Captain Hook on the loose, how long before the Designers realise they must return colour to London and save the secret to design from Hook’s evil clutches?

If you would like to join Wendy, Tinkerbell and Peter do click here to buy a ticket. You will rub shoulders with leading figures from the world of interior design and see costumes designed by the most illustrious fashion designers in the world: Vivienne Westwood, Anya Hindmarch, Zandra Rhodes, Thomaz Starzewski, Bruce Oldfield and Anna Valentine.

belatrova will also be there having contributed a striking hand painted designer coffee table (750mm diameter) for the auction that will be held there as part of the fund raising appeal for the NSPCC. It was created in our workshop in Ledbury. It is practical – pull it up to the sofa with a book or a cup of tea on it, or it is low enough for children to draw, paint or write on, and easy to wipe clean. And it is beautiful – see it in a different way each day depending on the light outside or else it might be a particular object on the surface itself that sets off a combination of colours (our coasters tend to do that, but more about our coasters in the next blog).

hand painted coffee table by belatrova

hand painted coffee table (roseburgh)


To quote Ziggy the workshop spider (see previous blog) ” Looking at this piece of art from above (the ceiling in my case) is different from having something to admire on the wall. The colours, whether loosely stippled, daubed or brushed on loosely, are all contained within squares, rectangles or triangles, and so invoke architecture rather than nature … in my opinion.”

Thelonius says there is a hint of Paul Klee about it.

Dear belatrovians, we know many of you will not be able to visit the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, so we are offering you the opportunity to win a prize as consolation. Guess the amount the table will raise at the auction before Sunday 6pm and you will win a lovely pair of cutting tiles or trivets in the Brushstroke Blues range. Just post it in the “leave a comment” section of the blog and we’ll get in touch. Or if you would rather, send an email to

blue tile by belatrova

belatrova cutting tile

Toodle – loo.

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