Friday, February 17, 2012

Children's books 30.31.32.33.34.35


Evaline Ness is one of my favorite children's book illustrators.
Her minimal colors, patterned layers, simple compositions,
and fun characters make beautiful pages I would frame for
my walls. Here are selections from Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine,
Long, Broad, and Quickeye
, Candle Tales, Tom Tit Tot,
All in the Morning Early
, and Joey and the Birthday Present.

Pretty Plates


My dad, Paul Helgesen, designed these beautiful
patterns for bone china dinnerware when he
worked for Gorham in Providence, RI.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Surreal Assortments

Joseph Cornell assembled curious collections of objects in
shadow boxes during the 30s, 40s, and 50s. The ephemera and
tiny treasures he used made fascinating poetic pieces
that I find hard to describe otherwise.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Children's books 29


I Can't Said the Ant, written and illustrated by Polly Cameron, is a fun book about an ant who tries to help a teapot who has fallen and broken her spout. The book is full of fun rhymes and beautiful woodblock-type prints of all the objects in the kitchen who cheer the ant on. My favorite line is ""We haven't lost yet," said the omelette", because it sounds fun to make the word omelette have three syllables.