A must read for fans of California photographer Leslie Williamson: Still Lives In the Homes of Artists, Great and Unsung. Leslie’s new book was inspired by her “love of visiting artists’ homes and studios and witnessing the creative through line that invariably runs from their artwork to the spaces they inhabit and create in,” as she says.
When our book arrived, we immediately gravitated toward the house of Derek Jarman, the celebrated (and gone too soon) filmmaker, painter, Tilda Swinton collaborator, and gay rights activist. The cottage is located in Dungeness, on the southern tip of Kent, England. We were familiar with Jarman’s famous garden (see Garden Visit: Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage at Dungeness), but not the interiors, which were never formally photographed.
“The fact that I was even allowed inside Jarman’s home took me by surprise,” Leslie says. “A friend had told me about his famous garden, and I sought it out online. Whereas images of the garden were plentiful, images of the interior were few and left me curious. Luckily, a friend connected me with Jarman’s great friend Keith Collins, the inheritor of the cottage, and I was in,” Leslie says.
N.B.: Leslie recently launched a Still Lives Portal, an online accompaniment to the book that features a “Lost Chapter,” new photo essays, musings, archival images, and a limited edition print shop.
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N.B.: After 20 years of maintaining Prospect Cottage, Keith Collins died in 2018; the Art Fund in the UK successfully raised funds to endow a “permanently funded program to conserve and maintain the building, its contents, and its garden for the future.”
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Frequently asked questions
Who is Derek Jarman?
Derek Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, artist and writer who was known for his avant-garde experimental films.
Where is St Ives Cottage located?
St Ives Cottage is located in the town of St. Ives in Cornwall, England.
What kind of design is used in the cottage interiors?
The cottage interiors use a mix of rustic and modern design elements with a focus on natural materials and neutral color palettes.
What are some of the notable features of the cottage interiors?
Some of the notable features of the cottage interiors include exposed wooden beams, a wood-burning stove, and a custom-built kitchen with a marble countertop.
Who designed the cottage interiors?
The cottage interiors were designed by artist and interior designer Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima.
Is the cottage available for rent?
Yes, the cottage is available for rent through Unique Home Stays.