Monday, 27 October 2008
You may have read on Dale's blog the sad news that Julia Caprara died on Friday. She has shaped the lives and work of so many people. Her use of colour was so inspiring, her sketchbooks were delicious and her stitching was both considered and gloriously riotous at the same time. She was also such a lovely person. I did an interview with her for Workshop on the Web (now on the D4Daisy site) and she took so much trouble over her responses that it was one of the longest and I think, the best, interview I have ever conducted.
She had been ill for some time and it was amazing that she was able to finish the book. I am so glad that she saw it and that she was pleased. Michael rushed to show her, straight from the printers, and she sat up in bed and went through every page with him. She was delighted. I think we were so privileged to have been able to work with her in this way.
It doesn't seem very long ago that we were both doing talks at a Guild Regional day in Bournemouth and took the chance to catch up. Julia seemed so vibrant that day and her talk was great.
We shall all miss her so much and our hearts go out to Alex and the family.