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Frances Hodgkins: The Inspiration Behind Seven & Five

April 22, 2021

Frances Hodgkins: The Inspiration Behind Seven & Five

I’m so inspired by Frances Hodgkins. I love the way that she took on the world, knew her own mind and was open to all possibilities. She was a trailblazer that explored, experimented and forged her own path. When I think of her, I always come back to these thoughts and feel inspired by this empowered woman.


 Frances Hodgkins painting in her studio in Bowen Street, Wellington, circa 1905.

Frances Hodgkins painting in her studio in Bowen Street, Wellington, circa 1905, retrieved from NZ History


Her painting style and its development over the years is one of my favourite things about her. I like the way that she embraced the different movements of her time – impressionism, post-impressionism, fauvism, modernism to name a few – and combined them to create her uniquely personal style. It was fluid and intuitive, and true to herself.


Unititled (the piano lesson), circa 1911.
Unititled (The Piano Lesson), circa 1911, retrieved from The Complete Frances Hodgkins


This goes hand-in-hand with her compositions and the subject matter of her paintings. I love the way she combined still life with landscapes, and the way she was able to convey the perspective of such vastly contrasting subject matter in a perfect juxtaposition that works together seamlessly. She painted en plein air and had a little box of still life trinkets and vases that she would take with her and set up in situ.

Cut Melons, circa 1931, retrieved from The Complete Frances Hodgkins


Many of these items are repeated through different paintings, a particular favourite is the china shoe:


China Shoe, circa 1942, retrieved from The Complete Frances Hodgkins


... And I like the idea that these precious items went with her on her journeys. She’s inspired me to collect my own selection of vases and still life pieces:



Everything we do is focused around empowering women and making them feel great. We draw inspiration from trailblazing women like Frances Hodgkins. She was independent and well-travelled (which wasn’t so easy in the early 20th century!), simultaneously defying the boundaries of the time and forging the path for the contemporary women of Aotearoa.


Annabelle x


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8 83 70 97
10 88 75 102
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14 98 85 112
16 103 90 117
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Comparison of Wilson Trollope sizes with international sizes
Wilson Trollope     6          8         10       12      14  
Aus/UK 6 8 10 12 14
USA 2 4 6 8 10
EU 32 34 36 38 40
Japan 9 11 13 

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