The Biba diary is one of the few Biba items I have left. I did not include it in my carry around portfolio so it survived. Nevertheless it is quite delicate, the pages which were once light cream have taken on a yellowish hue and the gold on black lettering has almost completely faded. I drew many little ‘ thumbnails’ for special days and Biba logos were also used. They were all reduced to literally thumbnail size and I drew them quite small with pentel pens for speed. So here are a selection which have probably never been seen before. They were drawn in a great rush and spontaneity which often worked quite well. I especially enjoyed drawing the Royal family with their stiff waving hands.
from left to right each row;
Bank holiday Scotland , St valentine’s day , Shrove tuesday , Spring begins, Good friday.
Easter sunday , Whit sunday, Childrens’ day, Summer begins, Midsummers day.
Autumn begins, Halloween, Winter begins, Christmas eve, Christmas day.
New years day, the Queen’s birthday, Prince Philip’s birthday, Prince Charles’s birthday.
At the back of the diary are seven pages with addresses and phone numbers of all the trendy restaurants, theatres,cinemas,and music venues of the day. They are printed in gold on black but very faded.
I also have an illustration for the Biba winter 1974 colours. This was printed on a Biba letterhead and was another rush job. I think it was some kind of handout but I have no clue who it was for. The idea was to make it look like a colouring book drawing, but as it is in black and white I will describe the colours. I remember them well. They would have complimented the winter clothing collection , how lovely.
Biba Winter 1974 Colours. All metallic.
Grandma, purple .
Ginger, a light rust.
Tapestry, smokey blue.
Terracotta, deep brick.
Brown, sepia brown.
Blueberry, deep dusky blue.
Aubergine, deep purple brown.
Leek, light green.
Juniper, purply blue.
Ladybird, bright red.