Friday, June 10, 2011
When you work in a business partnership it's pretty much a given that you think your partner is the bee's knees! And it is with this sentiment that I am so proud that Carly's new book Little Artists Handmade is out and about on the bookshelves of the best bookshops in Australia as of just last week.
It has been such an interesting learning curve and journey to be in the background watching (and occasionally helping) to see how a book grows from first thoughts to published; the fun; the work; the passion; the blocks; the late nights; the thrill and excitement. I know it was hard for Carly (as a graphic designer) to hand over the 'look' of the book to the publisher's designers at Penguin. But I am so happy to see that what truly resonates in Little Artists Handmade is her beautiful creative ideas for sewing and craft projects and her passion for children and their natural ability to create beautiful artwork.
I can imagine there will be many children beaming with delight in knowing that their artwork inspired the making of, for example, a beautiful cushion; a bag that Mum actually uses, a mobile hanging in the kitchen. I am desperate to make a sketchbook cover inspired by my Grace's flower drawings du jour.
One of the biggest gifts you can give your child is a nice place to sit, pencils and paper and space to create without interruption or intervention. The second biggest gift is to validate your child's work by noticing it, asking about it and showing it off! Carly's book facilitates these precious moments in so many beautiful ways. Congratulations Carly!!!
Posted by Amy Prior at 1:05 PM