About The Blue Twig

The Backstory

Virginia Kemp Curator of The Blue Twig Antique Print Collection My hunt for antique prints began several years ago when my husband and I bought a charming (falling down) house. There were bare walls everywhere and a small budget to decorate them. I hit the flea market circuit, picked through dusty shelves at used book stores and discovered antique paper shows. Eventually, our walls were covered, but the hunt continued. I became obsessed with unusual old paper: engravings featuring simple architectural detail, antique astronomy charts, mid century fashion sketches and woodblock textile designs (we’re just scratching the surface here…). As beautiful as the growing stash of prints was, it became clear we’d never have room for them all. Each piece of curious antique paper needed a home. The Blue Twig was born.A few years later, I launched my photography collection. At the start, photography was simply a task among many when it came to running my business. Recognizing that quality product images were key, I recruited some (very patient) photographers to help hone my skills. Before I knew it, I was sneaking out before dawn to shoot around town while my family and city slept. I was hooked and, not surprisingly, the photographs I love most have a similar vibe to the antique prints that I gravitate toward – uncluttered images that allow only the most beautiful detail to take center stage.

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