A way of life. Kettle's Yard

A way of life. Kettle's Yard
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Jim Ede.

Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. 1984. First Edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 254 pages. With a signed letter from the author loosely inserted. Illustrated throughout with b&w photographs of Kettle's Yard. 300 x 315mm (11 x 12"). 2.3kg. English. Fine; a very good copy free with no inscriptions; the black & white dust jacket is lightly marked, but there is a second jacket preserved under the first; this second jacket is in excellent condition and is fresh and clean.

Kettle's Yard was a series of cottages in Cambridge restored by Jim Ede as a place to live and as a place to house his collection of twentieth century art. The residence became internationally renowned and was open to students and visitors from around the world. The art included pieces by David Jones, Christopher Wood, Miro, Winifred Nicholson, Brancusi, Ben Nicholson, Gaudier-Brzeska, Henry Moore, and Lucie Rie. 'This booki has been put together as lovingly as Kettle's Yard itself. It takes the form of a guided tour: you enter the door and go round the house, taking in the rooms one by one, seeing the light play on glass, china, wood, stone and canvas, and seeing how the art and living-space bring each other alive. A series of very remarkable photographs catches the spirit that Jim Ede was trying to evoke, and the text comments on them.' (from the blurb). Ede presented Kettle's Yard to the University of Cambridge and the house remains virtually unchanged. Loosely inserted is a letter from Jim Ede to Mrs Eileen Mable, dated 29.8.80. The letter thanks Mable for her recent correspondence. Mable had obviously visited Kettle's Yard - "You seem to have found at Kettles Yard just what I had wanted to be felt - a sense of stillness & perhaps coherance. It is generous of you to write & tell me so. Yes I have felt, & still feel, deeply my not being there - but such a letter as yours is rich compensation...". He goes on: "I would say in regard to your "co-creators" that we were co:active - difficult to find the right word - but I think I felt in regard to the making of Kettles Yard that it was God using me to make evident this particular Truth - I think we are often Gods instruments in the carrying out of His will. It is so easy for us not to let His will come to fruition - I suppose by the intrusion of our own so limited 'ego'.".