Russell Page’s masterpiece “The Education of a Gardener” concludes with the fantasy of his ideal garden; he is fifty-six years old, he tells us, and has not had a garden of his own since he was eighteen. Illustrator Rebecca Strickson responded to Page’s own drawings and the colour palette of the painter, Kokoschka, with whom the designer studied, to visualise the dream, with Page’s words spoken by Roy Marsden. The film was made for the Russell Page retrospective at the Garden Museum in 2015.
Director: Dorothea Gibbs & Rebecca Strickson
Producer: Dorothea Gibbs
Illustration: Rebecca Strickson
Animation: Aaron Brady, Emily Howells & Paul Rains
Additional Illustration: Emily Howells
Narration: Roy Marsden