I was very happy to see this morning that one of my favorite Flickerites Kintzertorium is expanding his postings of early European engravings, woodcuts and rare manuscripts to a full blown blog here in September. Kintzer's Flickr photostream has been a welcome feed of inspiration and interest since I stumbled upon it about a year ago.
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If you're in Seattle the weekend of August 21st and are looking for something to do, might I suggest the opening of Travis Louie's "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Monster" show at Roq La Rue. Louie has been producing a steady stream of lovable monster portraits for a few years and this show boasts the promise of larger and more ambitious works. The artist also has his first book coming out called "Curiosities" which looks like it it will be dropping around the same time. I've been a big fan of Louie's work for a few years and would love to have a collection of his work all bound up together, for me it would be like looking threw an old family photo album, that belongs to the monsters under the bed.
Just posted the new line of keepsake books on Etsy. I know I'm biased but I can't help but being really excited. They came out even better than expected. The six new designs make up a mini "Decades" collection, that takes a visual journey from the 1920's till today. My current favorite is this 1940's film noir inspired design called "Shanghai Lil". I tried to capture the mood and style of each era and was inspired by the textile and jewelry design that was particular to each one. Here's a link to the collection.
Great find today on Paper n Stitch where you'll find an article about the fantastic illustration of Alberto Cerriteno. If you enjoy monsters and cephalopods you'll probably find as many new favorite art pieces as I did on his website www.albertocerriteno.com. His work as an Art Director/Animator for Walt Disney's Museum is also quite impressive and beautifully captures the whimsy and nostalgia of the early Disney works.