England: Liberty of London

Back from my trip from the UK.   One of the highlights was visiting the Liberty store in London.

I loved the amazing displays...
...loved the Quilty Pleasures at Liberty display...
(which included this amazing quilt made of Barbie Dresses)
... loved everything in the store...
(including this postcard set that i bought)
...and of course i totally loved the printed outside wall of the side of the store.
(I am going to live in a printed house when I grow up)

More great Liberty stuff:
Liberty Collection at Target:

Cacharel:  Le Liberty Book:

The Intimate Ape by Shawn Thompson

A new book on orangutans was just released, so obviously I bought it right away. I am only a few pages in but I really connected with these feelings the author was having:

"One of the things I struggled with while writing this book was the sense of how little power we have personally. The more I learned about orangutans, the worse I felt, until it seemed that there was little I could do myself. I am just one person. This problem is too big for me alone. The powerlessness and hopelessness was a real obstacle."

I struggle with this often.  In fact, it seems every time I have a few too many glasses a wine I start crying to whatever poor soul is next to me about how fabulous orangutans are and how I don't know how to help them and that it all feels so hopeless.  I am glad to know that someone shares these feelings, not only because it makes me feel slightly less crazy.  But also, because it gives me hope that others do care and that maybe we can make a difference.

 The Intimate Ape: Orangutans and the Secret Life of a Vanishing Species by Shawn Thompson

Reich Karoly

I have recently become obsessed with the Hungarian childrens book illustrator. They are fabulous! As usual I am on a mad hunt to buy some of his books and this collective book. It seems I may need to learn Japanese - so I can order all the books I am obsessed with. A few foreign sites with his books: Fineza, CurioBooks, Cesta, Gangle Gifts, Cesta Net. Perhaps its time for another trip to the local Kinokuniya store.

Illustrator: Olivier Tallec

Olivier Tallec is a french children's book Illustrator. He is currently an artist in residence at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum. He also has a great little exhibit at the San Francsico Public Library and while you are there you should also check out Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World. He had some fabulous drawings down at the library which I am going to have to go back and try and get some pictures of. I did buy one of his books, Thumbelina of Toulaba (written by Daniel Picouly), while I was visiting the cartoon art museum. Thumbelina of Toulaba includes some great animal drawings, here are some of my favorites:

Some other books illustrated by Olivier Tallec:

Gus is a Fish
Gus is a Tree
A Poem to Cure Fish

There are more that are only published in French.

A few other images from other books: