Monday, November 1, 2010

doing the in the ordinary

Yesterday morning I woke to the sound of really heavy rain. And immediately thought how glad I was that I'd brought the washing in the evening before :))
And as you do (well, as I do anyway), I started thinking about washing, and clothes lines and how evocative they are...

How the simple act of doing a household 'chore' can actually bring you immense pleasure...pleasure in the every day.
And how artists have captured this for one reason or another. So I went searching for images to share with you...these next two were done by my friend Sally...I've written about her work before...

Maybe it's only me who thinks a line full of washing flapping in the breeze is lovely...but I suspect not!
via home

these next ones are glass...I kid you not!

 ok, this one's not in the breeze...but I love it nonetheless...

Have a great day...whether it's one for washing...or not.
The ironing? That's a whole different story...!

all other images found via flickr, we heart it or google


  1. I love fresh, dried in the sun, in one day washing too.Can't buy that smell or the time saving and no inconvenient hanging on the clothes horses for days!
    Great selection of images!!!

  2. Can't say I am a fan of either but I do like your images. Today I will be ironing - boo hoo.... ;-)

  3. It is really art in the everyday, but other peoples washing is art, not your own.

    I love these images.

  4. Please come round and do my washing? Pretty please?

  5. I remember sheer joy in seeing my babies clothes hanging out on the clothes line in the breeze - all those cute little white things looked beautiful in the sunlight. Just a long gone memory now.

  6. I love nothing more than a line full of fresh white linen, but ironing - blerk! When my girls were little, i told them litte fib - that toy ironing boards and irons were 'boys' toys' and that ladies didn't do ironing! I know it was a wee bit naughty, but hey, nothing wrong with a bit of girl power, is there? Love the artwork too - stunning stuff. K xx

  7. Used to hang the laundry back when the kids were young...gave me an excuse to be outdoors watching them!! I do miss that lovely outdoor smell, however then later found that I was bringing allergens inside!! SO that was the end of that. Now if they could just make a detergent called 'Real Fresh Air'!!!


  8. How gorgeous - I love washing on the line and would love a washing line. Simple desires. Nowhere to have on in our place that is discreetly tucked away - next house perhaps. Also like to live in a place where it didn't rain on washing quite so much!! A x

  9. Absolutely - but then I love ironing too...

  10. Your friend's paintings are just lovley!SOme of those images remind me of my nan and great aunts 'prop' clothesline which I thought was fantastic. Ironing??? forget just doesn't happen here :)

  11. Sincerely wished my washing looked liked anyone of those!!
    I hate hanging out the washing so much I now make a big production of it...pegs match article colour...shirts all together...pants all together..undies in the middle.I promise I am not all all anal!!!!!!!
    Love the perfume of sun and breeze dried clothes though!

  12. It's washing day in our little household here today (as most days are with a toddler) - I really love your friend's artwork x

  13. Wow, what amazing images! Not too fond of the ironing though. Lee :)

  14. Lol how did you know I was doing the ironing today. How come my washing doesn't look as romantic as these pictures. Beautiful images:)

  15. What a brilliant post, Kerry.
    I love to see washing, drying in the sunshine. As you have seen from my holiday posts, there are lots of 'washing' photographs.
    Your images are brilliant and I love your friend's work.
    P.S. I went to the Willian Morris Museum the other day and thought of you when I went round. I took my camera but it died on me, so I don't know if I've enough shots for a post !! Typical me !!!!
    Have a great week Kerry. XXXX

  16. thanks Kerry for including me in your post!...i do love your other images too, especially that little balcony at the end:) oh, that reminds me I left the washing on the line....ha ha.

  17. Oh Kerry, I am so with you on this one. There is something special about clothes on the line and like you I gravitate to images of them. Such wonderful memories are wrapped up in a clothes line.

    Saying that, while away for a few days, I could not help think of my silk pj's still on the line, thru a rainy wet cold London weekend. Mr. H mentioned it when I retuned. 'Did you know that.....'. I looked at him dumb founded and started to recount the simple steps of walking outside an taking them off the line...his reply, 'too wet'.

    and you, don't get me started!

    On another note, best wishes for a wonderful week :)))

    Jeanne xx

  18. yes, there definitely something about washing lines...perhaps what's on them tell us a story...speaks to us so openly about things so private!
    love these images

  19. Lovely! I've posted my washing a couple of times but it wasn't as exotic as some of yours - I'd love to see the people to whom some of that washing belonged! Can't say that I'm a fan of ironing as I always seem to iron creases in rather than out, but I do love the smell of washing when it has just been collected from the line.

  20. It is a simple pleasure I think - drying washing on the line. After 3 months of clothes racks in front of the heater over Winter it is such a glorious sight to see washing on the line. And it smells divine when you bring it inside - like sunshine!
    X Briohny
    PS - Did you see Eat Pray Love and did it live up to your expectations?

  21. I LOVE this post. I'll forward it to my best friend.

    Our community does not allow laundry lines, my friend an I got away with ours because they are below "line of sight" (read "low"), but we are trying to convince them that making people use driers in a place with about 300 days of sunshine in a year is foolish.

    Hurrah for laundry lines!

  22. And I just shared it with my Facebook friends. :)

  23. And so have I. Hanging out washing is a zen experience, not to mention an art form. Lovely post, thank you!

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