Iris is a monthly newsletter written by a collective of brilliant women.

A modern-day commonplace book, Iris is a kind of digital scrapbook full of recipes, paintings, quotes, poems, fantasy shopping lists, must-read books, restaurant reviews, hot travel tickets and general life-enhancing stuff. 

With an aim to inspire, we highlight lovely things both old and new. A destination to visit, a poem to read, a woman to revere. 

Iris pops into your inbox just once a month, and feels as nice as a postcard arriving on your doormat.

We hope you enjoy reading.

 

MEET THE IRIS TEAM

The Picture: An interesting painting or photograph

The Book: A poem, a passage or book to read

The Recipe: Something seasonal and delicious to cook  

The Destination: A place to visit 

The Restaurant: Somewhere worth spending your pay check 

The Interior: Things for your home, or a peek inside someone else's

The Curtain Call: A play to see or a film to watch

The Exhibition: A must-see London show

The Iris Interview: A woman leading an inspiring life

The Shop: Something lovely to buy

  Daisy Allsup, Founder and Editor    Daisy recently swapped her florist's van Dolly for two wheels, and moved to Amsterdam where she is now working as a freelance writer. She launched Iris as a modern-day answer to her Grandpa's commonplace book which she treasures.

Daisy Allsup, Founder and Editor

Daisy recently swapped her florist's van Dolly for two wheels, and moved to Amsterdam where she is now working as a freelance writer. She launched Iris as a modern-day answer to her Grandpa's commonplace book which she treasures.

Annabel Matterson, The Picture

Having spent two years in New York doing her Masters degree in History of Art, Annabel is now an art writer and specialist in Modern art. She's passionate about Picasso, Manet and above all, Lucio Fontana.

  Tamara Lancaster, The Interior   Tamara is an interior designer at Ben Pentreath. With a passion for design, she undertook an art foundation course followed by a degree in History of Art before moving to London to work for Colefax and Fowler. She's is never happier than rooting for treasure at a market. 

Tamara Lancaster, The Interior

Tamara is an interior designer at Ben Pentreath. With a passion for design, she undertook an art foundation course followed by a degree in History of Art before moving to London to work for Colefax and Fowler. She's is never happier than rooting for treasure at a market. 

  Domenica Marland, Social Media   The youngest member of the team, Domenica is currently a History of Art student at Goldsmiths. Her humorous art instagram @domsartinsta is a must-follow. 

Domenica Marland, Social Media

The youngest member of the team, Domenica is currently a History of Art student at Goldsmiths. Her humorous art instagram @domsartinsta is a must-follow. 

  Tabitha Joyce,   The Destination    Tabitha worked at a literary agency before moving into magazines. She is a qualified sub-editor and a professional travel writer. Just back from Stockholm, her favourite city is Cape Town and up next is Buenos Aires.

Tabitha Joyce, The Destination

Tabitha worked at a literary agency before moving into magazines. She is a qualified sub-editor and a professional travel writer. Just back from Stockholm, her favourite city is Cape Town and up next is Buenos Aires.

  Lucy Chiswell, The Exhibition   After playing resident in Rome and Shanghai, Lucy returned to London to complete her MA in Art History. Now Assistant Curator in the Exhibitions department at the Royal Academy, Lucy can be found scooting around London on her red Vespa, Pepe. 

Lucy Chiswell, The Exhibition

After playing resident in Rome and Shanghai, Lucy returned to London to complete her MA in Art History. Now Assistant Curator in the Exhibitions department at the Royal Academy, Lucy can be found scooting around London on her red Vespa, Pepe. 

  Marion Osborne, Twitter   Marion studied European politics. After working for a youth employment campaign, a learning disability charity and a news organisation, she now works in digital communications with a European dimension. She thinks in hashtags and tweets politics, music and fiction @MazzyOzz.

Marion Osborne, Twitter

Marion studied European politics. After working for a youth employment campaign, a learning disability charity and a news organisation, she now works in digital communications with a European dimension. She thinks in hashtags and tweets politics, music and fiction @MazzyOzz.

  Tess Berry, The Restaurant   Food PR by day, restaurant blogger by night under the guise of @dinnerladies. Tess's passion is seeking out the best restaurants in the UK and further afield. 

Tess Berry, The Restaurant

Food PR by day, restaurant blogger by night under the guise of @dinnerladies. Tess's passion is seeking out the best restaurants in the UK and further afield. 

  Megan Niven, Illustrator    Meg is a lover of colour and a painter by passion. With an MA in Advertising and Design, she's now works at Pearl & Groove alongside freelance commissions. For illustrations, invitation designs, logos etc visit  atmegniv.com

Megan Niven, Illustrator

Meg is a lover of colour and a painter by passion. With an MA in Advertising and Design, she's now works at Pearl & Groove alongside freelance commissions. For illustrations, invitation designs, logos etc visit atmegniv.com

  Chloe Francklin, The Recipe    Chloe  's insatiable appetite and love for food led her to start a blog,  YummaNumma . A former chalet girl and professional cook, Chloe shares a delectable new recipe for Iris readers each month. 

Chloe Francklin, The Recipe

Chloe's insatiable appetite and love for food led her to start a blog, YummaNumma. A former chalet girl and professional cook, Chloe shares a delectable new recipe for Iris readers each month. 

  Allegra Marland, The Curtain Call   Allegra is a London-based actress and avid theatre-goer. She recently graduated from Mountview Academy where she studied Theatre Arts and is now represented by Independent Talent. Catch her on-screen now in Goodbye Christopher Robin. She dreams of acting in basically every play ever. 

Allegra Marland, The Curtain Call

Allegra is a London-based actress and avid theatre-goer. She recently graduated from Mountview Academy where she studied Theatre Arts and is now represented by Independent Talent. Catch her on-screen now in Goodbye Christopher Robin. She dreams of acting in basically every play ever. 

WHAT IS A COMMON PLACE BOOK?

COMMONPLACE BOOKS (OR COMMONPLACES) ARE A WAY TO COMPILE KNOWLEDGE, USUALLY BY WRITING INFORMATION INTO BOOKS. SUCH BOOKS ARE ESSENTIALLY SCRAPBOOKS FILLED WITH ITEMS OF EVERY KIND: RECIPES, QUOTES, LETTERS, POEMS, TABLES OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES, PROVERBS, PRAYERS, LEGAL FORMULAS.

WHO KEEPS THEM?

 THE 6TH DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE'S COMMON PLACE BOOK ON DISPLAY AT CHATSWORTH HOUSE.

THE 6TH DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE'S COMMON PLACE BOOK ON DISPLAY AT CHATSWORTH HOUSE.

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 IN JUNE 1943 ANNE FRANK BEGAN COPYING INTERESTING PASSAGES FROM BOOKS SHE READ IN THE SECRET ANNEXE. SHE CALLS THIS HER ' FAVOURITE QUOTES NOTEBOOK '. SHE STARTED WITH A QUOTE FROM  I BEGIN AGAIN , THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN WRITER ALICE BRETZ.

IN JUNE 1943 ANNE FRANK BEGAN COPYING INTERESTING PASSAGES FROM BOOKS SHE READ IN THE SECRET ANNEXE. SHE CALLS THIS HER 'FAVOURITE QUOTES NOTEBOOK'. SHE STARTED WITH A QUOTE FROM I BEGIN AGAIN, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN WRITER ALICE BRETZ.


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IRIS FOUNDER, DAISY'S GRANDPA'S COMMON PLACE BOOK, FILLED WITH POEMS, QUOTES AND PASSAGES THAT FORMED THE INSPIRATION FOR THE IRIS LETTER.

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