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Hokey dokey. Too much stuff here to cover very well, but try we shall. Hold on to your hats, folks! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
First off, you know how I was talking the other day about constructing the ideal educator website of children’s literature resources? Well, this might have to be one of said resources I’d include. Called Uncover the Past, the site is dedicated to “helping library and education professionals teach history through children’s literature!” The booklists are particularly interesting.
Thanks to Rebecca Redinger for the link.
Next up, one for the “how cute is this?” files. I don’t know why the idea of Mary Blair tableware isn’t commonplace, but so far this is the first place I’ve seen it done properly. Blair, as you may recall, worked as a Disney animator for years before becoming a children’s book illustrator.Take the survey and you might win a set of your very own.
Mmm. Process. Sweet, delicious process. What’s better than watching an Art Director explain how they came up with a YA cover? Watching an Art Director explain how they came up with a YA cover after considering LOADS of alternatives. Chad Beckerman shows us how The Haters came to be. I don’t usually do YA, but in this special case I am making an exception. You bet I am.
Oo. Auction. Now normally one wouldn’t have the money for such a thing, but this one’s special. What we’re talking about here is a Refugee Benefit Auction, created by authors Shannon Hale and Mette Ivie Harrison. 100% of the proceeds go to Lifting Hands International, a charity that gets life-saving supplies directly to refugee camps. As for the things you could get, they’re pretty fantastic. My personal favorite? A pole dance (or fan dance, they’re easy) performed by Shannon Hale and Daniel Handler. “Negligible nudity assured”. Oddly, this item has yet to secure an initial bid. Would someone like to lend me $10,000?
The Fictional Book Characters Who Sparked Our Sexual Awakenings. Meh. None of these ranked in my book, but it’s interesting to see the fellers other gals were into. And, happily, it reminded me of one of my favorite Toast pieces of all time: Things I’ve Learned About Heterosexual Female Desire From Decades Of Reading.
I think I’m the last one to link to the Alexander London piece Our Stories Are As Unlimited As Our Selves or Why I Came Out as a Gay Children’s Book Author. A great piece and one that ties in nicely with the GLBTQ chapter of Wild Things. Should we ever update that book, this is going in.
Oo! Eisner Award nominees. Love that stuff, I do. And check it out! Not only is Nathan Hale nominated in the Best Publication for Kids category (for The Underground Abductor, naturally) but he’s also in the Best Writer / Artist category as well. He is the ONLY children’s book creator in that category, by the way. Regardless of whether or not he wins, that is significant.
Travis Jonker. He comes up with so many good ideas. Have you seen his Endangered Series, uh, series? Well, it’s a great idea. Series that once were strong but now are waning are given a close examination. Cam Jansen was the latest to fall under scrutiny. I suspect The Kids of the Polk Street School already hit the dust, but if not then this would be an ideal candidate for a future post.
Wow. Two thumbs up to the ALSC board for voting to cancel the National Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. American Libraries Magazine has the scoop. Thanks to Jules Danielson for the link.
How on this good green earth did I miss Rick Riordan’s letter to kids who are faced with the dire prospect of being shown one of the Percy Jackson movies in school? I’ve seen authors dislike their books’ adaptations before, but nothing quite matches this. Thanks to Monica Edinger for the link.
“With such a huge international variety of books and illustrators on display in Bologna, are there differences in illustration styles among individual countries?” Yep. Moving on. Oh, wait . . . no, let’s dwell on this idea a bit longer. Four German children’s book publishers were asked this question and they gave their responses. The thing is, here in the States we’re seeing some remarkably high quality German children’s book fare on a regular basis and it’s GREAT! I’d love this question to be regularly posed with folks from other countries as well.
The site Brightly has had a couple good articles up lately. I liked 8 Surprising Facts About Your Local Librarian not the least because I knew the librarians quoted. NYC pride!
I almost never do images of books here for the Daily Image since it’s sort of a case of bringing coals to Newcastle. But then I saw that one of my greatest picture readalouds, one of my core books, a title I’ve loved for years, is getting a sequel. At long long last I have an answer for those kids who have been asking me, “Is there a sequel with the tractor?”
Yes, children. Yes there is. And life is good.
John Lewis is also a great place to spot new designs from MissPrint, and I was pleased to see a new range of ceramics and kitchen storage. Products in the range include tins, storage jars, a milk jug, teapot, salt & pepper set, ramekins and egg cups.
MissPrint also have a new wallpaper design since P&P last reported on them, a smart hand drawn geometric called Nectar..
BY MAY is a Stockholm based design studio and brand founded by Johanna Örn and Maria Bergström. The duo are hugely inspired by graphic prints and playful geometrics and use them on stationery and homewares. One of their latest creations is a range of Polygon silicone placemats with co-ordinating tea towels. And also catching my eye prints for framing or for postcards called Fragments.
Also at Make International you will find the work of East London designer Becky Baur. Becky's graphic fruits and cute characters feature on mugs and glasses. She also has her own online webshop selling products such as notebooks, tote bags, cards, trays, and much more. Catching my eye were these fab new rabbit posters (above & below) which give a nod to the 1980's using the latest trend for
These striking ceramic designs are from Superliving a Danish design brand founded in 2009 by married couple Anette Stabel and Jesper Binger. This Copenhagen based design duo are inspired by the organic shapes and colours from the 1950's and 60's and have made this style, with a natural Scandinavian sensibility, a signature look through all their products. Superliving's range includes tableware,
Liberty have teamed up with top paper company Meri Meri to produce a range of partyware in their pretty floral prints. Items include paper cups, plates, napkins, garlands and crackers which are ideal for tea partys, picnics, weddings, hen parties and baby showers. The new collection is available online now at Sisters Guild.
Also from Meri Meri at Sisters Guild funky fruits and
Isak have released a brand new product range for AW15 called Familjen that features on tableware and trays. The new cheerful collection has been designed by Sandra Isaksson in England and Sandra describes her inspiration that Familjen are a beautiful and happy people living in the far Lappish north of Sweden, in Mintbergen a village is so remote that the sun does not rise in the winter and does
Also new from Magpie comes a collection designed by Sarah Young called Wildwood. Sarah is a designer, illustrator and printmaker who works with lino and wood cuts and screen printing. She is based in Brighton on the South Coast of England and used folk art influences to create a collection inspired by woodland creatures. The Wildwood range for Magpie includes plates, coasters, mugs, and storage
It's our final day for being inspired by the current trend for postmodern Memphis style design. The London store Darkroom have created a collection called So Sottsass as a tribute to the founder of the Memphis group Ettore Sottsass. The collection was designed by Darkroom directors Rhonda Drakeford and Lulu Roper-Caldbeck and includes plates, notebooks, and wrapping paper designs and you can
It is a busy time for Sarah Campbell again at the moment with huge interest in her current designs and her archives - reviving those made with Collier Campbell. Currently running at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London is an exhibition of the designs Sarah and her late design partner Susan Collier created for Liberty. One of the designs to Feature is this 1972 print called Bauhaus which has
Next up we have a selection of interesting homeware Christmas gifts from Boden. The British fashion label has launched a range of bold graphic designs using type and colour blocking on baubals, placemats, coasters, and tea towels. Here are my picks and there are more online at Boden.
I wanted to showcase some of the cute designs in Japanese company Decole's latest collections. First up are the lovely graphic birds and trees of the Pichicu Pachic mugs and teapots...
And these cute mugs are from their Scandinavian Style Mina Sopo collection...
And for children's melamine there is the super cute Aurinko range...
And also for
I couldn't wait a minute longer to post these beautiful new designs from Marks and Spencer today. I really loved the look of their fab 'Hen' kitchen range which features Scandi style birds, fruits and flowers on a tea towel (above and below), as well as an apron, round tray, oven gloves and mugs.
Regular readers will know I love to have a mooch around on google Japan and see what designs I can find - usually with a Scandinavian flavour. This week I came across these colourful trays by Anna Berger whom we have featured previously as a member of the Scandinavian Pattern Collection. Anna has designed for several Japanese companies including Kokka Fabrics. The trays were spotted online here
Today's posts all feature Swedish company Sagaform. We begin with 'Fantasy' a new everyday glassware range designed by Hanna Werning. The concept of the range was create a collection that would suit any occasion from your morning breakfast drink to a fun party. Hanna decided to create one main pattern and then select singular elements to create additional decors. There are beautiful geometric
I was a big fan of Lotta Odelius' Sagaform design 'Retro' which proved hugely popular when it launched a few years ago. So I thought it would be great to look and see how she had followed it up. The answer was Tulip which is another striking graphic range from Lotta which includes cake and storage tins, aprons, oven gloves, napkins and a tea towel. Lotta describes the collection as "A tribute
My very last Paperchase pictures of the summer feature party goods from brands such as Talking Tables and Rice. In their flagship London store Paperchase had given over part of the first floor to create a party shop with plates, cups, decorations, favour bags, napkins, etc.
Wild & Wolf have teamed up with the V&A Museum to create a range of patterned gift and garden products. The are tools, pots, mugs, vases, gloves and watering cans featuring mid century prints taken from the museum's archive. The first (above & below) is Palamos designed by Sylvia Chalmers in 1953. This is followed by Kite Strings by David Parsons designed in 1956 for Heals. The final design is
Kikki.K is a stationery company founded in Melbourne in 2001 Kristina Karlsson. Since then it has gained a reputation for it's beautiful Scandinavian designs inspired by Kristina's native Sweden. The idea for the business came about when she realised the stylish stationery and organisation tools she had grown used to were not widely available outside of Sweden. Kristina soon opened her first
Today's posts focus on homewares so for today's Friday eye candy I thought I would pick out a few highlights from the Anthropologie UK website. Recent arrivals include these 'Folklore' designs (above & below) on cushions and tea towels, and Saga tableware. On wall art there are prints by Molly Hatch and also standing out in rugs was a colourful tropical bird. Finally the typography on Marc
Our next post on homeware design is a preview of the new Autumn Winter trends at George. Their main themes this season include Tundra inspired by the bare beauty of Canada and the Great Plains. This rustic range features bears, moose, arrows, geometric tribal patterns, and earthy colours. The next trend is Trace - a fresh modern clean lined collection inspired by a retro Stockholm apartment.
The Dot Com Gift Shop have released a new range of kitchenware created by their talented team of British designers. Designed to look fabulous and be functional these eye-catching storage tins adorned with graphic flowers and vintage apples and accessories will help to keep the kitchen tidy and organised. There are also lots of new designs on greetings cards, gift wrap, and in children's games.
The Autumn range by Swedish home label Camp Cirrus has been released. Designed by Cina Kjellsson there are three new designs on small trays and cocktail trays with happy dots or stylish straws in black and white on trivets and a blooming blue tea towel. Cina loves colour and her distinctive prints have their roots in Scandinavian design but are inspired by the whole world.
Our second post on Autumn Winter 2015 home decor is from Next, who also have a mid century style collection with this textured black & white leaf design. The print features on wallpaper, bedlinen, rug, cushions and wall art. Here is a selection of patterns recently arrived in store....
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I thought I would have a look and see what was new at Mini Labo since we last looked, and of course there have been some new Autumn Winter arrivals. In case you don't know this really sweet brand they are a Paris based company founded by Celine Heno and Caroline Diaz and specialise in stationery, paper, homewares and ceramics. New items include trays, wrapping paper, wallpaper, wooden postcards