Sunday, 6 July 2014

'The Daughter He Raised' Remembering Lou Brown...

“Daughter, we didn't need your note - or a prince's visit - to tell us you'd done nothing wrong. We know the daughter we raised.

We fear for your future, but never for your character.
You take our love and our trust wherever you wander.

Gail Carson Levine
Fairest (HarperCollins 2006)


Love and condolences to the loved ones of Lou Brown who died in the early hours of Thursday July 3 2014.
Rest in peace Lou...


Sunday, 8 June 2014

The Story of Nicole's House Continues...

As well as an abiding interest in the life and legacy of Nicole Brown Simpson, I am also an artist who creates 'Small Worlds' of realism and fantasy in 12th scale miniature.

 "I just don't see how our stories compare -I was so bad because I wore sweats & left shoes around & didn't keep a perfect house or comb my hair the way you like it - or had dinner ready at the precise moment you walked through the door or that I just plain got on your nerves sometimes.

 I just don't see how that compares to infidelity, wife beating, verbal abuse -

 I just don't think everybody goes through this.... I called the cops to save my life whether you believe it or not.."

 These are the harrowing words written by Nicole shortly before her brutal murder on Sunday June 12 1994 in the garden of her Brentwood home in Los Angeles as her two children Justin and Sydney were sleeping.

 Nicole's former husband O.J. Simpson was subsequently arrested, tried and acquitted of her murder and that of her friend Ronald Goldman in a relentless blaze of publicity the following year.

 I began to read about Nicole shortly after her murder in 1994, she was the focus for the research and publication of my BA thesis in 1999 and I have been reading about her ever since.

 She was also the inspiration behind the creation of a House on Rockingham, a contemporary and cosy house in which I share the continuing story of my creation of 'Nicole's House'...

A House on Rockingham is created as a tribute to the essence of this attractive and free-spirited person, loyal to her family and friends and a devoted mother to her children…

Bye for now!

The Story of Nicole's House...

In June 1994 and shortly before her brutal murder, Nicole was making plans to leave her home at 875 South Bundy Drive in Brentwood, Los Angeles in order to escape the abuse and obsession that had characterised her long relationship with O.J. Simpson.

Only days before her death, Nicole had seen a beach house in Malibu available for rent and she was excited and positive at the prospect of a move there with their children Sydney and Justin.

'Nicole's House' is a House created in Miniature that tells several narratives...

A recreation of some of the principle rooms at 875 South Bundy Drive as they were discovered in the early hours of Monday June 13 1994 as the investigation into the murders of Nicole and Ronald Lyle Goldman were underway.

Additional rooms are created as a tribute to the style and essence of Nicole who loved the style of interior design that has come to typify the "California Look".

Finally, as we know that Nicole was planning a move to a beach house in Malibu, 'Nicole's House' is a poignant reminder of "what could have been".

Sunday, 11 May 2014

A Mother Until Eternity...

“A mother is a mother from the moment her baby is first placed in her arms until eternity. It didn't matter if her child were three, thirteen, or thirty.”

Sarah Strohmeyer

Sunday, 20 April 2014

An Easter Person...

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

Pope John Paul II

Remembering Nicole at Eastertide...

Sunday, 2 February 2014

More than a Warm Memory...

"Memories warm you up from the inside.
But they also tear you apart."

Haruki Murakami

An Image of Nicole from her Wedding Day on February 2 1985...

Thursday, 7 November 2013

A Life Lived...

“Remembrance is acknowledging that a life was lived ... 
Stories about lives remembered bring us backward while allowing us to move forward.”

Nina Sankovitch

Thursday, 19 September 2013

'Coming Home...'

“We do not need to grieve for the dead. Why should we grieve for them? 
They are now in a place where there is no more shadow, darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain. 
They are home.”

John O'Donohue

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