Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Daisy Mrázková I

Daisy Mrázková (1923-2016) lived in Prague and was an artist and printmaker married to the painter Jiří Mrázk, they had three children together a daughter and two sons.  Daisy was a member of the Czech artists´ forum Umělecká Beseda with its independent U12 group. Her work is bold and abstract, reminiscent of wild landscapes often using monotypes as a basis.

In the 1950's Daisy turned her attention to creating children's books, where she created imaginary worlds of kindness and cooperation between people, animals and toys. Her children's books were mainly published in Japan. These images are from the book Neplač, muchomůrko published in 1969

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Karl Schrade I

I simply loved this bright almost silhouette design of end paper by Karl Schrade (1915-1981) for the book 'Eichhörnchen Pinselohr' written by Nils Werner about a busy squirrel in a zoo.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Erich Gürtzig III

Erich Gürtzig's 'Köynig Kater' published in 1979 is a story about making and sharing meals. It is in the early 1970's psychedelic, woodcut style.

Sunday, 18 March 2018


There are times when I am simply stunned by the beauty of Japanese design and craftsmanship, today I found these miniscule crochet pieces by Tralalala Lab, not only are they exquisite, but the photography of them is just delightful to.

Erich Gürtzig II

'Die Miezi sagt zur Maus' 1969 written by Erich Weinert, is a wonderful, bright book with stamped illustrations by Erich Gürtzig 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Erich Gürtzig I

How I found Erich Gürtzig (1912-  this morning I have no idea, I am sure to German readers of this blog he is very well known, having published many books in Germany. This one is "Stork Schnapp' published in 1968. As one day I would love to see cranes nesting, it was this book that I pursued originally, but I will attempt to share others as Erich had many diverse and wonderful styles of illustrating and published over 100 books. 

Erich Gürtzig

Friday, 16 March 2018

Noëlle Lavaivre III

'Un Soir Sans Lune' 1963 written and illustrated by Noëlle Lavaivre is the story of an elephant who has an accident in a laundry.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Noëlle Lavaivre II

Nandor et Papillote was published in 1958 written and illustrated by Noëlle Lavaivre.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Surreal Day

Yesterday was a very surreal day for me, so surreal I feel that I should share it.
For a few months I have been working on the refurbishment of The Woodside Hotel, Aberdour. The restaurant of this hotel is the original restaurant from the SS Orontes dining saloon.

This Orontes was launched in 1902 and scrapped at Inverkeithing in 1926 where someone had the foresight to save this incredible space. The stained glass in this construction is stunning and yesterday it was my pleasure to be cleaning it (from the outside). The outside area is protected by a kind of glass house roof and you have to squeeze into the space in between to carefully clean.
The stained glass was designed by Oscar Paterson (1863-1934) who trained as a glassmaker and a tutor in glass technology at Gresham College in the 1880s.

Paterson was a skilled practitioner who pioneered many stained glass techniques and experimented with etching glass with hydrofluoric acid. Oscar was a friend of Charles Rennie Macintosh and his dominant leadlines designs contributed to the development of the 'Glasgow style'.

In 1889 Oscar opened his first studio which became internationally famous for its distinctive domestic glass in the 1890s. The Paterson's studio produced a large amount of glass for the Pacific and Orient Shipping Company and the Cunard Line including the Orontes, the Lusitania and the Royal Yacht. Oscar also produced windows for a large number of churches, including St. Magnus' Cathedral in Kirkwall and Crichton Memorial Chapel in Dumfries. The Argyll Window in Saint Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh (1896).

Oscar Paterson was said to be the most significant stained glass artist in Britain at this time after Edward Burne Jones. He received much more public and critical acclaim that any other Glasgow glass artist, however he died aged 71 with no obituary and is buried in an unmarked grave at Glasgow Necropolis.

The before and after.

In the middle of the day I took time out to rendezvous with a lovely lady on a bus, to deliver a dead (frozen) fulmar to her, so that it can have its stomach contents analysed for plastic ingestion. 
Unfortunately many seabirds were killed in the storms of the last few weeks. 
When I retrieved this one from Pettycur bay early on Monday morning there was a tiny, precious colony of them in the cliffs, so here is a happy live fulmar for you to see. 

Noëlle Lavaivre I

Pistache et Dame Tartine by Noëlle Lavaivre was published in 1959. This book has fantastic use of colour, collage and graphic design and should be re-published as a wonder of children's illustration.
Noëlle Lavaivre was born in 1930 in Chamonix and her talents have been used in advertising, animation, television and illustrating, and yet I can find no further biographical details.