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2 posts from April 2011


Storytelling reflected in embroidery


l came across this enchanting "labour of love" project rather recently, and was immediately bowled over by the intricate detail captured on canvas. Jillian Tamaki has spent the first two months of this year, busily working away on these dustjackets. Described as her "dream project", the Penguin Threads Delux Classics project certainly pays homage to the beauty of embroidery, and in my mind takes book illustration to a raised level of creativity!

The exquisite attention to detail woven into the fabric creates a vivid impression. With it's black and orange contrasting threads, along with construction and texture of the mane, the dustjacket for 'Black Beauty' by Anna Sewell is strikingly strong in character.

Jane Austen's 'Emma', is charmingly depicted in soft colours, with brightly coloured woven braids of hair, and 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodges Burnett whimsically flows across the cover in tones of cerise pink and purples.

From a typography angle, one can clearly see that the embroidery of the book title, authors name, and pull-out quote from each book has also been taking into careful consideration. Each book cover perfectly reflects a style of typographic flair, allowing each woven thread to tell its own captivating story.

As a person who enjoys reading,  l'm rather looking forward to the launch of the sculptural- embossed versions of these richly woven books in October 2011!


What to eat in April...

l was thrilled when illustrator, Emma Dibben kindly accepted my invitation to be a part of Looking Glass! l've been an avid collector of her food illustrations since being introduced to her work via the magazine publication - Waitrose Food Illustrated.

l find Emma's "sketch" style of illustration celebrates the seasonal offerings in a warm and welcoming manner, tempting the reader to visit their local market, and purchase fresh produce.

The rendering of additional ink/paint spatterings that accompany the main illustrations, in particular lend themselves to the idea of a much-used cookbook, which l feel adds to the charm of Emma's work.

A splash of colour, the tonal hues of a fruit or vegetable, and the attention to detail to capture the contours of a herb or leaf, makes these illustrations a mouth-watering experience - bringing them vividly to life!

As a person who enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients, Emma's drawings, simply inspire me to try my hand at new recipes and techniques. Although, l have to confess, l do indeed have a soft spot for the classical dish - rhubarb crumble with a dash of vanilla sauce.

Spring has joyously arrived, and so on this note, l warmly invite you to taste the culinary delights of April!