Did you hear about this exciting news? I’m still leaping about with glee: the British Library has just released over one million images onto Flickr Commons for ‘anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.’
What that means is you can download any picture that speaks to you, or a series of them, head down to the nearest copy shop or printers (I love Wizardz in the Gardens Centre and Orms), have them printed as small or large as you like, and decorate your space on a budget. I’m loving these botanical prints and want to put them in an eclectic mix of frames and hang en masse in the bathroom, hallway and living room. This post should come with a warning label though: it’s totally addictive scrolling through the images the BL has uploaded. Be prepared to go down the rabbit hole of intrigue and loveliness.