The Alcuin Society Awards for for Excellence in Book Design in Canada for 2014 were just announced. In the children's category, hundreds & thousands received first prize for how to by Julie Morstad and third prize for Wild Berries by Julie Flett. I'm grateful to the Alcuin Society for their support of Canadian book design and to both Julie and Julie who individually are each so talented and kind that it bowls me over on every project.
I've had a little sick kid at home for a few days and then it's nice to sit outside wrapped in a blanket and get some fresh air. It was pretty sweet this evening when he asked to go outside by explaining, "I'm lonely of the breeze." Anyway, he seems better at last.
Pierrot collar for Spring (a new Windy character), a party horn and some tiny hats. We shoot very soon. Yikes!
The last month or so, there have been loads of sweet limes at the market. I'm not sure if they were always around and I just didn't notice, or if there's a new importer in town (if that's how the fruit business works...). I had never tried these before, they sort of taste like sweet water with a slight essence of kaffir lime leaves. This salad, with soft baby spinach, fried tofu, fresh basil and pistachios was really good. Sort of mellow and juicy. It is also nice with curried almonds or seeds instead of pistachios.
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
— William Carlos Williams, Spring and All, 1923
mixing table in the ink lab, hemlock printers
a little outtake from a photo shoot this weekend...
Wild Berries by Julie Flett is hot of the press. I feel very lucky to have worked on the design. These are just little details from the hardcover and endpapers. I will have to post some more about this soon. The book comes in two editions, each about a little boy going berry-picking with his grandmother. One is in English and in n-dialect Cree Cumberland House and the other, Pakwa che Menisu, is set in n-dialect Cree (Cross Lake, Norway House area) in syllabics. N-dialect Cree is also known as Swampy Cree.
I've been slowly collecting a little information about Cree as I work on some projects set in various dialects. I still understand only a tiny little fraction of what there is to know. Someday soon, when I find the time, I will do a dedicated post on Cree type, partly as a typographic reference tool for my future self. Promoting Aboriginal languages should be something for all Canadians to work towards. I'd really welcome bringing dialects into the school system. How can we teach children any culture without language?
I love the sun
I love a house
I love a river
and a hill where I watch
and a song I heard
and a dream I made
— Ruth Krauss, I'll be You and You be Me, 1954, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
I'm so glad that you are you, little H.
One of the essays in my 2nd year Typography class is FT Marinetti's Distruction of Syntax. I've always had mixed feelings about Marinetti.
Last year one of my students pulled a beautiful segment from it:
...to represent the life of a blade of grass, I say, 'Tomorrow I'll be greener.'
I feel I'd only spoil that with an image, so there it is. Isn't it lovely? This is the full quote for context: The imagination without strings, and words-in-freedom, will bring us to the essence of material. As we discover new analogies between distant and apparently contrary things, we will endow them with an ever more intimate value. Instead of humanizing animals, vegetables, and minerals (an outmoded system) we will be able to animalize, vegetize, mineralize, electrify, or liquefy our style, making it live the life of material. For example, to represent the life of a blade of grass, I say, ‘Tomorrow I’ll be greener.’
I'm sublimating my want for dipthyque perfume this week by defacing their catalogue with my son's pencil crayons and posting about it. It's not very constructive. I think I will put it on my Christmas list and move on. I love the figuier and the lierre. It smells like nature, if gorgeous French people were in charge of nature.
This summer I'm teaching a typography class to a (pretty great) group of students. Their first assignment is to create a simple modular typeface from at 10 x 10 unit pixel grid. Then they must translate that typeface into a material object and photograph it. We were talking about some of these student projects at dinner. After dinner, Auggie prepared this surprise for me to see (his real name is Henry). He is very deliberate, always making clean, straight lines with his stickers and toy cars.
Today Auggie asked, "How many yes-es do you have in your body?"
Today is Eat Your Vegetables Day and I'm thinking about salads.
My new go-to vinaigrette is: 2 Tablespoons olive oil + 2 Tablespoons maple syrup + juice of 1 lime (optionally + some chili oil, or mint or basil and/or greek yogurt or buttermilk) from Hungry Ghost and my new plan is to throw grapefruit mint into everything and hope that it covers all the holes in my cooking technique:
"The leaves of this plant boast a flavour that resembles spearmint with a twist of unsweetened grapefruit." It's the newly crowned emperor of our little patio garden, though it's in its little plastic plant-shop pot indefinitely until someone can find some time to plant it.
Auggie's joke this morning: What do you call a rainbow that never goes away? A never-go-away-rainbow.
Lawrence King is releasing a Yoshiko Tsukiori's series of simple pattern books in English. They're basically series of basic dress blocks, customizable, and loosely fitted with very few darts and no zippers.
Japanese patterns are laid out on top of each other on a big sheet and then you trace them onto pattern paper or parchment paper.Read More
We repurposed a vintage wooden puzzle with some missing pieces into a rearrangeable magnetic diorama for the fridge — gluing some magnets on the backs of the pieces. It took a few minutes and turned out to be a lot of fun to play with. Details at Windy.
June is the prettiest month.