Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Maira Kalman Embroideries

Maira Kalman has always been one of my favorite illustrators and children’s book authors. When I found out I was pregnant, one of the good things was, I didn’t have to feel guilty buying every new Kalman children’s book. I would have someone legit to share them with.

Last summer I was really excited to see that a profile in I.D. Magazine about Maira and her new embroidered illustrations! Wow, maybe Maira and I were on to the same thing. From what I can gather, since I have never met her (nor do I have a chance of meeting her) stitching was part of her family tradition – just like mine (and probably yours!). She came upon it naturally as a sort of homecoming and created some great stylized embroideries on antique fabrics.

Here’s a link to the embroidered pieces she had at a show at the Julie Saul Gallery in NYC last fall: Maira Kalman Embroideries Although the show is gone, you can still see the wonderful work she embroidered in her own whimsical, illustrative style on this gallery website.

Here’s where you can find out about all her beautiful children’s books: Maira Kalman’s Children’s Books

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