Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
My inside tiltle page used the headers from a 1960s recipe book and a combination of foam, paper and plastic letters.
In his dreams Jack lived in a banana chew house on Lolly-Jar Lane.
The snow was white icing and the rain was fizzy lemonade.
The birds built their nests from chocolate twigs and rolled their eggs in powdered sugar.
In his dreams Else and Lil Kelvey from the chilly chalk houselived in a cosy mushroom cottage with a peppermint garden.
On the edge of the city there was a coconut castle with four high towers and a biscuit drawbridge.
The shopping mall in the city centre was a chocolate sandwich cake with cherries on top
and the tallest building in town was Frankies Wedding Cake Hotel with edible roses on every floor.
In his dreams Jack found the gingerbread house in the middle of the deep dark forest.
He fixed it up and made himself at home. And there he lived
happily and greedily ever after.
The boy in the bed is an illustration by Ezra Jack Keats from a battered picture book I found recently and the snowy scenes are by Richard Scarry. The lolly jars came from a recent photo-spread in Frankie magazine as did the images of the lovely ceramic dolls made by Argentinean artist Paola Zakimi. I hope she won't mind that I turned them into Else and Lil Kelvey, the poor sisters from my favourite Katherine Mansfield story, ' The Doll's House.' The pretty fabric birds are by English textile artist Emily Sutton, and the images came from a feature article in a World of Interiors magazine. The urban photographs are from a 1966 Time-Life photo book about modern American life that I found very troubling. The stern looking gentleman pictured at the bottom of the apartment block is Frank Lloyd-Wright. All the images of cakes and cookies came from an assortment of old recipe books.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The knitted and fabric animals are from my own collection, but the wooden wildlife has been kindly supplied by June and the nautical props have been borrowed from John. This is a particularly splendid ship in a bottle
and I couldn't resist putting my gnome brooch in this tiny wooden sail boat.
He looks pretty chuffed.
The baby's moved in with the robin and her eggs.
The felt angel and the shoemaker are having a nice time, and Zero, who loves the limelight, is starring in the sellout season of the Tortoiseshell Monologues in the world famous winebox theatre...