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be gained by man or woman, its attain-
ment is dependent upon the merits of
the work itself, subjected to the ordi-
nary tests, without any regard for its
author’s sex, or the disadvantages which
hinder him or her. In the Bond Street
studios one sees harmonious colouring,
good design, and workmanlike craft dis-
played freely. If the design is not always
conspicuously novel it is always sane
and well considered, and justifies a warm
note of unreserved appreciation.



{From our own Correspondents.)

The two designs for leather-bindings,
by Mr. A. A. Turbayne, here illustrated,
betray not merely a conscious effort to
break away from tradition, but a distinct
grasp of essentials in so doing. Recall-
ing somewhat the freedom of Miss
MacColPs work, they appear nevertheless
to be produced by ordinary tools, and not
by the small wheel which she has used
with singular dexterity. At the exhibi-
tion of the Central School of Arts and
Crafts at Upper Regent Street, held
during July, another bird design by the same hand
was shown, and amid a crowd of admirable bindings,

day nothing a
woman attempts
need surprise us,
and when we find
two, Miss Ellen M. Stead-
man and Miss Katherine
Rayment, not merely ven-
turing to open a studio as
lady decorators, but run-
ning it most admirably, the
only thing a masculine
critic can do is to applaud
vociferously. But, except
for the simple fact that the
two partners happen to be
ladies, there is nothing in
their admirably appointed
show-rooms in Bond Street
,to reveal it. The stencilled
fabrics are entirely admir-
able — indeed, with full
^knowledge of what has
been executed of late by
this particular method they
come well among the best
examples. If success is to jewel casket in steel and enamel by Alexander fisher

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