Ken Sparkes

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New Year Resolution: Bennison Calendar 2012

Published March 14th, 2012

The Bennison Fabrics 2012 calendar has just been released and it looks terrific. Like the previous calendar we wanted to showcase the fabrics in an eye-catching way and create images that would be remembered. So, we thought a childhood theme would do the trick, nostalgic but with a twist. Jude Massie-Taylor suggested Fairy Stories, I liked the idea of Nursery Crimes. We combined the two themes, went to our desks and began to sketch.

It all started innocently enough with Bo Peep wearing a weird bonnet and a voluminous skirt shaped like a bulb of garlic. No idea why a shepherdess would wear a skirt like that, but it all seemed to make sense at the time. Our finished BoPeep, modeled by Holly, with a linen background and a very nice suntan. Here's what Jude says: 'Holly was fantastic and a dream in front of the cameras. She was our Showgirl, our Dancer and our Clown in the previous calendar and she's been a star in this one.'

Our Mary Poppins sketch left quite a lot to the imagination, ...

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