Sep 13 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
Stepping over the threshold into June Brown’s home is like going through a time warp.
The 84-year-old’s house in Eastcote is filled with figurines and other objets d’art from more than half-a-century ago and the house-proud pensioner lovingly looks after every object, as well as all the usual fixtures and fittings.
Mrs Brown’s collection is now the subject of an exhibition by an amateur photographer.
Kara Lines, from Pinner, tells the story of the house, its interiors and the plethora of objects Mrs Brown has acquired over the years in a series of 24 photographs.
The images have been on display at The Attic, an upstairs gallery at her family’s business, Lines of Pinner fabric and wallpaper store in High Street.
Ms Lines graduated in 2009 with a masters in graphic design from the London College of Communication in south London.
“The exhibition is called I Made Him A Little Hat, which is a quote from June Brown,” she said.
“She has made little hats for some of her figurines, and it captures the essence of her home, taking something ordinary and adding a personal touch.”
The 31-year-old first became aware of the unusual decorations when she went to see Mrs Brown to measure up for some curtains.
She added: “The house is exactly how it always is. She didn’t do anything different when she knew I was coming to photograph it.
“When I told her about the project, she was really enthusiastic. I think she was pleased someone else had an interest in her collection. She has grown-up children and I think her family are not that keen on the interior, but I found it fascinating.
“The stories that go with each item are amazing. There is one lamp that she bought just as televisions were coming out and it’s amazing she has kept it for so long. I just hope people enjoy it.”
Mrs Brown said: “It is very exciting. Kara has been coming over lots to take photographs. It’s very kind of her to show an interest.”
n Today (Thursday) is the last chance to see I Made Him A Little Hat which is at The Attic at Lines of Pinner. The gallery is from 9am and to 5.30pm.