milk teeth

julie morstad + drawn & quarterly = milk teeth, a beautiful tiny book full of drawings. laid out like petals, planted like flowers on the page.

fragile textures and wispy lines, velvety hue + saturation. just a book of lovely moments to look over, to consider, to mull.
so much to love—! you can find the book here, and more of morstad's work here.


the key

...to getting someone to read a book is to make it something they simply cannot resist.

well done, jonathan safran foer. this die-cut book from visual editions renders me mute.
lately it's been apparent that books are undergoing a sort of evolution, in order to regain some footing after the success of their e-counterparts. i think it's working, don't you? not that i would ever use an "e-reader"... but still.

visual editions is a london-based publisher of crazy-making, wildly creative editions. they've just started out, but their work is flawlessly executed, and their designs are flawlessly original. in their own words:
"the way we think about visual writing is this: writing that uses visual elements as an integral part of the writing itself."
you should totally look at their version of tristram shandy. i love this type of thing. i may not be fully capable of reading it straight through in one sitting, but i definitely want to own it.

that is all.
happy saturday of solidarity!


rachel paints

allow me to be succinct today. there is a painter. i noticed her art on a book cover the other day. her name is...
rachel salomon!

here are the book covers... the one i saw in the shop was the black prince. 

i love that cover art. her lines ramble, her colors are vivid, and your eye encounters such delicious details in her artwork. i love that chandelier. and i love the faces in the black prince cover. the list goes on... but to continue would go against my goal of succinctness... so i'll leave you here. have a lovely day!



the other day in the bookshop, someone was asking about artist leonora carrington and reminded me that i'd loved her artwork when i first saw it in an art history class. she was english-born, florence-educated, mexico-based. and she is one of the last living surrealists.

her paintings are ethereal and delicate. carrington executes her work elegantly, making potentially frightening images seem more beautiful than weird... turning ghost stories into fairy tales.

her work brings miró and chagall to mind, as well as illustrator k.y. craft.

pues, que tengais un buen día—!


facts about edward gorey:

1) he always wore fur coats and converse all-stars around the town where he lived.
2) it was his birthday yesterday.

and i missed it. i'm a TERRIBLE fan. but i wanted to make it up with this post. the last time i did a gorey post it was mostly in the holiday-type vein, so let's see what else the guy in a fur coat + chuck taylors can do.

the man himself! i think he likes cats.

and one of my most sentimental gorey favorites:

and so, a happy belated birthday to him, and a happy wednesday to you.


tattooed covers

this is going to be about literary ink. first, have you seen or heard of this book? i have to say, i love the idea of having lines from your favorite book written on your skin in indelible ink. books are books. they don't change. i feel as though if you identify with a line from a novel at one point in your life, a part of you (perhaps a miniscule part) will continue to hold it dear for the rest of your days. and reading it over again later on will remind you of how you used to think and be. oh, dear. philosophizing over!

well, paul buckley at penguin had the idea to have tattoo artists design covers for some of the penguin deluxe classics. (are you tired of hearing about penguin yet? someday i'll move on.) and there are some excellent covers to be perused. let's see:

pepa heller

christopher conn askew

bert krak

tara mcpherson

there should definitely be more collaboration between tattoo artists and book designers. these are so cool. there's really no other suitable word to describe them. i mean, look at bridget jones—she's edgy in a way she NEVER was before. and the coetzee cover is just lovely. sigh.

now, for fun, let us peer at some examples of literary tattoos.*

"if i had a world of my own" —quote from alice in wonderland. ink by antony flemming.

a beeeautifully done ferdinand...

ralph steadman's bats from fear + loathing.

you want a tattoo now. am i right? this opened up a whole new world for me. i don't aspire to be an illustrated woman—miles from it! and yet... every time i look at these, i go through my mental library and wind up with a stack of ideas for "my next tattoo," which may or may not ever materialize.

anyway. live long and prosper, and have a wonderful tuesday.

*go here for more tattoos/artist information.



i have been lusting like crazy after clothing these days. i'm not sure if it's just cabin fever or the restlessness that tends to accompany february and march, but it's certainly persistent. while i am not allowing myself to give in, i am allowing myself to ogle, mouth agape, eyes wide, with my wallet safely locked up in a secret place.

meanwhile, fashion illustration + photography tides me over. oh, lovely and unwearable middle ground! in that vein, i present rené gruau. he is an institution in the realm of fashion illustration. he has done work for balmain, dior, and givenchy... among other deeply ingrained names in the industry.

he can evoke the drama and froth of fashion so effortlessly.
and that is that.



i recently wrote about seeing some of chicago artist jim nutt's work at the museum of contemporary art in chicago. during the same visit, i got to see a great exhibit of just a few chicago graphic novelists/artists, including lilli carre. i loved her work. she is funny and experimental in her expression and her art is gloriously colorful + truthful. i just wanted to post some of my favorites of hers.

on a book-related note, she's also done some book covers, which are among my favorites—

adventures of huckleberry finn, for penguin books

very good, jeeves, for w.w. norton

yay! go visit her blog—i love when artists post their artwork themselves, adding stories with their drawings. much better than seeing it secondhand. ahem. carre does some really great short animations, too, which are fun to see. 
have a grand old day.