I'm working on a new project that has me thumbing through the illustrations and photos I loved as a child and some of the imagery that has really impacted me over the years. I don't do Pinterest boards (I see the point, but loath the photo "sharing" policy and attitudes of most pinners) but I do make my own inspiration boards for big projects. I often gravitate toward things I can physically interact with, especially in the early stages, and I'll often touch, feel, and smell things before photographing them and adding them to my personal inspiration board/thing. Here are just of the few things that are currently lighting my fire, in order of appearance:
- My typewriter, which holds such a special place in my heart! It's an Olympia from the 1960s with a script font and color scheme that makes me weak in the knees.
- Stamped letters (hand stamped with watercolor paint by moi).
- Chris Ware's witty cover illustrations for the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Voltaire's Candide.
- A random photo I cut out of a magazine (or something?) while in college. I have a major soft spot for rose prints. THEY'RE JUST SO PRETTY!
- A couple notecards from Henry Horenstein's stunning Animalia collection that I bought at the Harvard Museum of Natural History once upon a time. I've been obsessed with that jellyfish print for years!
- Quentin Blake's images for Roald Dahl. His style is simple yet masterfully expressive.
- As a girl, Mary Poppins was everything I wanted to be when I grew up and still to this day I try my best to be practically perfect in every way. These simple line drawings by Mary Shepard take me right back to the ginormous plaid armchair I spent so many days nestled in reading as a child. I love Mary Poppin's gangly figure and always-rosy cheeks. Perfection, indeed!