Issue #14 was all about play, which seems fitting for this festive time of the year. We explored the mark-making of sport, the aesthetic allure of baseball and the graphic appeal of blocks. We took an extended visit to the wonderful world of children’s books (where donning a chicken suit is all in a day’s work). We zigged and zagged with a love of chevrons; we played with letters and words to create poetry and products and we ate pancakes for breakfast, lunch and supper.
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From Caldecott's press release:
In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat. It fits him just right. But the big fish wants his hat back. Klassen’s controlled palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel readers to follow the fish and imagine the consequence.
“With minute changes in eyes and the slightest displacement of seagrass, Klassen’s masterful illustrations tell the story the narrator doesn’t know,” Caldecott Chair Sandra Imdieke said.
I "met" one of our regular contributors, Linzee McCray, through Etsy. I was doing some research on a story about Type Truck and discovered Linzee's excellent article on the Etsy blog. She covered everything I was hoping to write about in the article, so rather than reinvent the wheel, I contacted Linzee and Etsy to see if we could update the article and run it in issue #12.
Later, I commissioned Linzee to write about oilcloth, featured in the current issue #14. The article features two Etsy sellers:
We can all look forward to a new article from Linzee in issue #16 next year!
Read through Linzee's archive of Etsy posts here >>>.
A post on The Etsy Blog introduced us the MoMA exhibition The Centruy of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000. For those of us not lucky enough to visit New York before early November, there's a remarkable exhibition website. This cave of wonders goes beyond a mere survey of toys and extends into the dark realities of political conflict and exploitation in the lives of children.
If these photos (found on One Plus One) of baseball players in the 1800's don't say old-fashioned summer fun, we don't know what does. There is an explanation of how they were created, but we prefer to think of them as an example of how we all want to take moments from the long days of August and stop them in time. We hope your weekend is filled with frozen treats and picture-perfect moments.
In issue #14 we profiled Isabelle Arsenault and have more of her work to share here. Karen wrote that, "Isabelle's distinctive illustration style looks fragile and ethereal, but the grey and black tones prevent it from becoming too sweet or precious. Her [Isabelle's] marks are confident, yet experimental."
"My Little Red Cap piece is the first in my GRIM series, a collection of fashion illustrations based on selected Grimms' Fairy Tales. Other pieces that are currently underway are Snowdrop, Hansel & Gretel, and Snow White & Rose Red. Those Grimm brothers were not a cheery pair."
Karen's work was also a part of The Shatner Show.
I had this image by Aesthetic Outburst saved in my inspiration folder while working on the current spots/play-themed issue 14. Seems appropriate to share it with you now, in congratulations to the Canadian Olympic badminton team, ranked 28th in the world, who finished in fourth. High five for good sportsmanship!
In issue #14 we explored sport from a variety of angels—from lines and numbers to the complexity of baseball. Illinois artist Cindy Lewis, takes the used equipment of hockey and baseball to create new pieces that look at sport in another way.
"Finding beauty in textures created by nature, decay and wear, I find an escape from the rigid world of business and numbers: taking inspiration not only from other artists, but also from details others may rarely notice. I find myself drawn to intricate patterns of parking lot repairs, cracked sidewalks and worn buildings, rusted metals, peeling paint, and used construction materials. Found or discarded items are often my inspiration for the day. My hope is to share with the audience the beauty I see in these easily unnoticed surfaces or items."