Many years ago, I was part of a small design collective called picnic. Recently, after tidying up my storage space, I came across a handful of cards from a line of stationery from picnic. The lovely women at Aster & Clove have put them up at their shop.
(This happened in February on twitter, but I'm behind on my studio housekeeping.) I was reading a story in LA Review of Books about Lisa Robertson and was surprised and happy to see the cover of the book The Weather referenced:
'From the three floating blue circles in a white box on a sky-blue cover, signaling a Canadian pastoral poetry I had never before encountered, to the mix of conventionally paced lyric poems contrasting the justified prose blocks, it was, as she would say, a “sweet new style.”'
The Weather was one of my first design projects. Last year Paper Hound listed The Weather on its list of favourite local book design, and recently, New Star got in touch with me, and I'm working on some new covers for them. So it came back from the early 2000s (You can see on the back cover, it's for Steedman Design)! It's nice to be working on books again, after a bit of a break.
A few years later, I laid out Lisa's book The Office of Soft Architecture, designed by Tae Won Yu for Clearcut Press. The illustration appeared in that book, and it was nice because I got to choose a Toyo colour and it was printed on a soft white bamboo paper, which was a good surface for it, and a nice contrast to the gloss coated version. I'm happy with both of them, which is a good feeling (that you don't always get as a designer to be honest). Also, Lisa, who is a very great person, came by my studio one time right after Windy had been rejected for something or other, and she gave me a very good book rejection pep talk. You need those pep talks when you're starting out.
And that's all about The Weather!
I love the sun
I love a house
I love a river
and a hill where I watch
and a song I heard
and a dream I made
— Ruth Krauss, I'll be You and You be Me, 1954, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
I'm so glad that you are you, little H.
This weekend Auggie & I went to a launch for Little You, a new board book byRichard Van Camp and illustrated by Julie Flett. It's a beautiful book, and very heartfelt and sweet. The book is put out by Orca Books and designed by Orca's head designer, Teresa Bubela. (I think she made a great choice in inviting Julie to illustrate this book, it's turned out to be super lovely, so well done her, too.) Collage Collage has prints from the book for sale as well, though I don't think they are yet up on their web site for viewing. The kids made collage crickets and fireflies with masses and masses of googly eyes and ate pink-iced moon biscuits! Smash hit all around.
I am grateful that I have a nice husband who reminds me of art that I have seen and loved out of the blue. We collectively do not remember where we saw Agnes Martin's work, though. We only have so many spare brian cells. Or brain cells. I remember when you see the work up close there are many fine lines. I find women from the west coast tend to produce colours that I find incredibly soothing. I first noticed it with Margaret Killgallen a long time ago, but it's something I notice often, though I'm sure I am being quite selective in what I remember.
Gratitude by Agnes Martin via AGMA.
A beautiful app from the Centre Pompidou for Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Sketches and models — this is for me and Auggie, he was very excited about some drawings we saw of theirs in the jrp ringier catalogue. via bouroullec.com.
How To by Julie Morstad is back from press and it looks amazing. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to design this project. Julie Morstad's work gets stronger and stronger. It's inspiring to watch her body of work grow. Auggie loves this book and even read it to me. I love the simplicity of the theme and of course the illustrations.Read More
If you give a man some pizza, maybe some tea, and another, tinier man, some oatmeal and Reese's pieces ice cream, and they get together at a party (the kind of party where you would find all these things), then this is what you find on the table afterwards.
My favourite edition of Aesop's Fables is a 1987 edition by Mitsumasa Anno. It's not just a book of fables, it's a book about books, about different interpretations and points of view and in a way it is also about parenting.
But what is the grasshopper doing, you ask? Well, Freddy, it looks as if he is running away. But, yes, as you say, the grasshopper has an alibi, so he doesn't really need to run away. You're absolutely right. I had forgotten to read what it says here. It says, "The grasshopper isn't running away. He just stopped by to warn the ants that they should watch out for the farmer who has come looking for them."
Insects should look after one another, you see.
One of my resolutions this year (otherwise known as a deadline) is to finish up a new series of books: Auggie in Colourtown, Auggie and the Counting Robot and Auggie's Garage. Every Tuesday I will be posting a new illustration as I work through the books, which are due to be released in September. Here is the Auggie Bloggie.