I am constantly drawn by the delicate painterly beauty of Janosch's early works. these illustrations are from Joshua and the Magic Fiddle published in the 1960's. It tells the tale of the son of a charcoal burner who is to small and weak to follow his father's profession. A bird gives him a magic fiddle and teaches him a special song that can make things bigger and stronger.
Friday, 23 March 2018
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Daisy Mrázková (1923-2016) lived in Prague and was an artist and printmaker married to the painter Jiří Mrázk, they had three children together a daughter and two sons. Daisy was a member of the Czech artists´ forum Umělecká Beseda with its independent U12 group. Her work is bold and abstract, reminiscent of wild landscapes often using monotypes as a basis.
In the 1950's Daisy turned her attention to creating children's books, where she created imaginary worlds of kindness and cooperation between people, animals and toys. Her children's books were mainly published in Japan. These images are from the book Neplač, muchomůrko published in 1969
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Monday, 19 March 2018
Sunday, 18 March 2018
There are times when I am simply stunned by the beauty of Japanese design and craftsmanship, today I found these miniscule crochet pieces by Tralalala Lab, not only are they exquisite, but the photography of them is just delightful to.
Saturday, 17 March 2018
How I found Erich Gürtzig (1912- this morning I have no idea, I am sure to German readers of this blog he is very well known, having published many books in Germany. This one is "Stork Schnapp' published in 1968. As one day I would love to see cranes nesting, it was this book that I pursued originally, but I will attempt to share others as Erich had many diverse and wonderful styles of illustrating and published over 100 books.