Jane Austen (and me!)

Jane Austens house in Chawton, Hampshire

Visiting Jane Austens house in the beautiful village Chawton, Hampshire

Jane Austen, one of the world’s most famous authors, spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire in the south of England. As part of my research project I have been studying her life and works, plus her fashion, style and her home here in Hampshire ( fortunately also my home county!) It has been absolutely fascinating!

July 18th 2017 marks the bicentenery of Jane Austen’s death and I have just released a collection of ten new fabrics, wallpapers and giftwraps at my Spoonflower shop to commemorate this!  https://www.spoonflower.com/collections/200781-jane-austen-regency-fashion-jane-ites-celebrating-janeausten200-bicentenery-by-magentarosedesigns I also have some Jane Austen products created from my watercolour art at my  other online shops. Please check my shops page for the links.  There are many local events in order to celebrate Jane’s Bicentenery, which you can find details of at http://janeausten200.co.uk/

Jane Austen fabric

Jane austen fabrics, also for sale as wallpaper and giftwrap at my Spoonflower shop, inspired by regency fashions and hobbies

Jane Austen fabric

Jane Austen fabric inspired by Jane’s letters to Cassandra, her sister and regency style

Jane Austen fabric

Jane Austen fabric at my Spoonflower shop inspired by regency fashion and Jane’s jewellery

Jane Austen fabric at my Spoonflower shop

Jane Austen fabric at my Spoonflower shop inspired by Jane’s love of tea and cake for breakfast

Jane Austen fabric at my Spoonflower shop

Jane Austen fabric at my Spoonflower shop inspired by her love of sewing, tea, cake, bonnet trimming and writing plus fashion and style.

Oak leaf and acorn fabric from my Spoonflower shop

Oak leaf and acorn fabric from my Spoonflower shop inspired by the Oak leaf wallpaper  and the important symbolism of this motif that appears throughout Jane’s home

Fan fabric at my Spoonflower shop

Fan fabric at my Spoonflower shop inspired by the regency fans that ladies of Jane’s time used

Tea fabric at my Spoonflower shop

Jane Austen fabric at my Spoonflower shop inspired by breakfast tea and cake ( a type of Bundt cake, rich in eggs) and rosettes which were popular for trimming bonnets and shoes.

Oak leaf fabric from my Spoonflower shop

Oak leaf fabric from my Spoonflower shop inspired by Jane Austen’s Wedgewood Oakleaf china

Jane austen Quote

Wise advice from Jane Austen! Painted in watercolour, this Jane austen Quote is available from my Redbubble shop

jane austen bicentenery

Here are some of my new designs to mark Jane Austen’s bicentenery

 

jane austen regency tea and cake

Jane Austen loved to write, to read, to socialise and sew. She also loved eating and drinking! In one of her letters to her sister she says ” You know how interesting the purchase of a new sponge cake is to me”
During my research, I found that Jane would have eaten Bundt cake, for breakfast.

It was here, in the heart of Hampshire, that Jane Austen found inspiration to write such classics as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. She wrote her famous works drawing on a large circle of friends, social gatherings and places around Hampshire that she visited to devise the characters and settings for her novel. Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in this country cottage in Hampshire from 1809 until 1817. In the Hampshire countryside Jane’s genius flourished and she felt relaxed and free to write. At Chawton, Hampshire, which is today naturally regarded as Jane’s literary home, Jane led a quieter life and resumed writing her novels.

Jane Austen tea towel

Jane Austen tea towels, LINEN TEA TOWELS (SET OF 2) with Jane Austen books and other famous British books available from https://roostery.com/p/orpington-linen-tea-towels/6454435-antique-books-jane-austen-and-english-authors-by-magentarosedesigns

Jane revised both Sense & Sensibility which was published in 1811 (and made Jane £140), and Pride & Prejudice, which was published in 1813. This was an instant success. All Jane’s novels that appeared during her lifetime were published anonymously, merely bearing the legend “By a Lady”, which was not uncommon at the time. Mansfield Park was published in 1814 and Emma in 1815. Persuasion was completed in 1816 but was not published until 1818, after Jane’s death in 1817. Northanger Abbey was also published in 1818.

Jane Austen antique books

As my Father is a Bibliophile, with a large collection of antique books and we live in Hampshire, home of Jane Austen, it seemed only fitting to honour her memory by creating a vintage book wallpaper which is at Spoonflower  https://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/6490835-antique-books-jane-austen-more-by-magentarosedesigns

Jane Austen Sillhouette Cameo iphone case

Jane Austen Sillhouette Cameo iphone case

Jane Austens music

Jane Austen painstakingly copied music  in pen and ink, which she borrowed. It saved a lot of money to do this, and she played her piano every morning before breakfast.

Jane Austen iphone case

Jane Austen’s favorite things iphone case from my Redbubble shop

Jane Austen regency fan notebook

Jane Austen regency fan notebook

Jane Austens breakfast

Jane Austens breakfast mug with regency tea and cake

Jane Austen letter to Cassandra

A wallhanging made from one of the letters that Jane Austen wrote to her sister Cassandra

Jane Austen regency fan iphone case

Jane Austen regency fan iphone case

Jane Austen tea

Jane Austen cushion featuring tea and cake regency style

Jane Austen letter to Cassandra iphone case

Jane Austen letter to Cassandra iphone case

Jane Austen dress

Jane Austen dress created with fabric designed by Magenta Rose and featuring some of Jane Austen’s favourite things

Jane Austens letter to her sister

One of Jane Austen’s letters to her sister Cassandra has been painstakingly reproduced by me to create a range of products to commemorate Jane Austen 200

Jane Austen wallpaper border

Here are some wallpaper borders which I created for a client who loves Jane Austen and bautiful vintage books. These were created especially for a valued client and I gave her a choice of these two. My client chose the darker one and it was printed for her in London at my Contrado shop.

Jane Austen fabric

Jane Austen antique book fabric. Available to buy at my Spoonflower Shop

#JaneAusten200

Jane Austens shoes, gloves and jewellery painted in watercolour for #JaneAusten200