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Madame Butterfly – an exploration of Deirdre Dyson’s love of opera

As life has changed dramatically for us all over the past few weeks and inspired by a recent production of Madame Butterfly at the ENO (now sadly closed), we thought we’d touch on some things close to Deirdre’s heart, namely opera and the charity Deirdre supports with her annual productions.

The arts and culture has taken a body blow during this crisis and we look forward to a time soon when theatre’s and galleries open their doors again.

We recently went to see the ENO’s production of Madame Butterfly at the London Coliseum

Wowed by the beauty of the music, performances and sublime staging by the late film director Anthony Minghella, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to explore opera, something close to Deirdre’s heart and the hugely important charity which benefits from Deirdre’s annual opera at her home.

Kimono’s designed by the late Anthony Minghella

Deirdre has always been a talented singer, beginning to sing solos in church at the age of 7.  She was also in a junior choir, becoming leader at 17.  It was at this time Deirdre began voice training. 

Detail Kimono by Anthony Minghella

For the most part Deirdre has sung choral music in semi-professional choirs but during the last 10 years she has studied opera with a coach and hosts an annual charity opera event at her home where she sings one piece with the professional performers.

She still sings solos occasionally at other charity functions and loves many different operas but has particular favourite arias. 

A favourite opera director is Canadian Robert Carsen whose modern concepts and modern sets really appeal.

The charity Deirdre and her husband James support with their opera evening is CURE EB of which she is a patron. The charity raises vital funds to aid research into Epidermolysis Bullosa, a little known, genetic skin blistering condition that affects over 500,000 people around the world.  

The charity was established by Sharmila and James Collins for their daughter Sohana who was born with this dreadful condition where the skin blisters internally as well as externally and who has not been out of pain since the day she was born 19 years ago.

The care involved is hard to imagine and children with this condition rarely live beyond 20 however this charity is steaming ahead with major breakthroughs in cell research and we are all praying hard for Sohana and all other children who suffer.

Click here to donate to this hugely worthwhile research.

Finally we can’t mention Madame Butterfly without linking to Deirdre’s Butterfly rug collection – these vibrant hand knotted carpets feature designs inspired by the patterns on Butterfly and moth wings and includes designs such as BORBOLETA, FARFALLA, PALOMA, PSYCHE and LEPKE  

Deirdre Dyson FARFALLA hand knotted wool & silk rug

View these and other rug designs on our website or contact us for design, colour advice or a quote.


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THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT – Evolution in Interior Design

Edison explores the Butterfly theory, evolution in interior design and Deirdre Dyson’s Butterfly-inspired hand knotted rug collection.

Deirdre Dyson BORBOLETA hand knotted wool and silk rug

The butterfly effect (or theory) introduced by meteorologist Edward Lorenz is now more commonly used to describe how the smallest occurrence can lead to even greater changes, with even bigger consequences down the line. This ultimately leads to the conclusion that forecasting the future, can be nearly impossible.

This has never been so true than in the world of interior design. There is always a high probability that projects will take on new routes with numerous, untimely and unpredictable changes occurring throughout the design process.

The conclusion may often end up to be quite different to what was expected when the early concepts began. A simple change of mind regarding paint colour, a piece of furniture, wallpaper pattern, scale of a picture or positioning of lighting can ultimately have an impact on the evolution of an entire scheme. This is particularly true when continuity and cohesiveness is required throughout the home, when one area can directly affect another.

Deirdre Dyson PALOMA hand knotted wool and silk rug

The beauty of a Deirdre Dyson bespoke rug is that every carpet design is adaptable and can be tailored individually to each client specification, be it concluded or still evolving.

While certain elements are being considered, then the shape, size and colour of your proposed rug can be altered and tweaked according to changes in an advancing project. Only then, on final sign off, are carpets put into production.

For a better understanding of how changes often occur, here is one example of Deirdre’s BORBOLETA design that required three changes in accordance to the evolving scheme, before reaching the final design.

Edison has taken three rug designs from the Butterfly Collection PAPILLON, FARFALLA and PSYCHE and created inspiring mood boards with each, visit our dedicated Pinterest board to see the results.

To view all the designs from Deirdre Dyson’s Butterfly collection, please click here.