Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Liberty London Silk

Exquisite silk from Liberty London; these designs are part of their new Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Dr Tulloch A Mayfair, Liberty Art Fabrics
Text by Liberty London: This digital print was created from a watercolour painting of a chaotic bookcase in the writing room tucked away in the gardens of Glencot House in Somerset. The books were thrown together as if in a textured pile creating an abstract pattern. View on the Liberty London website.

Kirstie's Paisley B, Liberty Art Fabrics 

Text by Liberty London: Kirstie's Paisley is a copy of the archival Sandalwood design, it has been rescaled for silk fabrics. Sandalwood is loosley based on a 19th century archival paisley.  View on the Liberty London website.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hibou Home Children's Wallpaper

Have you discovered Hibou Home wallpaper yet? Unlike some wallpaper it is not too over-the-top.

Enchanted Wood Wallpaper by Hibou Home

Cactus Cowboys Wallpaper by Hibou Home

Gymkhana Wallpaper by Hibou Home

Pirate Seas Wallpaper by Hibou Home

Enchanted Wood Wallpaper by Hibou Home

This is one of the lovliest and most practical collections I have seen in a while. Often, while I love the design of a particular wallpaper, I wouldn't dream of putting it in my home for fear of it overwhelming a room; this collection, however, I am loving. I would have any of these.

Big Ben Wall Sticker Clocks

Browsing through brand-new online shop Babatude, I spotted these groovy Big Ben wall stickers. More than just an eye-catching decoration, they feature a real working clock!

The clock face is metal, and the entire sticker is up to two metres in height, so won't go unnoticed!
Check out Babatude for more wall stickers including some from my all-time favourite designers Pop and Lolli.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals

I've been WOWed by Gecko Press that many times, and here is yet another spectacular publication from them. It just doesn't get better than this when it comes to educational reads. Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals by Hélène Rajcak & Damien Laverdunt is likely to be my pick of kids' books for 2012. It is an extremely beautiful, visual journey around a world of extinct animals. Be awed by the scale of some of these creatures; I just love the size comparison at the top right corner of each double-page spread. A child only needs to glance at it and he/she will be drawn into the book in wonder. Imagine the fear of living alongside the enormous Haast's Eagle who had a wingspan of 3 metres and swooped down upon large prey at more than 80 km an hour!  Be awed by the Giant Ground Sloth - a whole 3 tonnes in weight! Giggle over the quirkily named Tratratratra, or be saddened by the loss of the fascinating dwarf elephant, the glyptodon, and the dodo.
But the reason you find this book on Kitty as a Picture is because of its astounding illustrations by Hélène Rajcak.  Her detailed naturalist drawings are nothing short of stunning. A neat layout ensures the reader remains interested and engaged. I love it!

Hélène uses a really classy colour palette of mostly earthy tones offset by vibrant colour such as lime, aqua, or an eye-catching olive or orange. It's extremely effective.
(note: the colours look slightly different in digital format)  

 All animals fit into one of four categories: The Americas, Africa, Eurasia, and Oceania. Each includes a full page illustration, an explanation, a scale indicator and a comic-strip - often introducing mythological content. It all adds up to make an extremely beautiful and captivating read. I adore this book. It is beautifully produced in a large size, exquisitely illustrated, and utterly awe-inspiring. Every child should have one!

Small & Tall Tales of Extinct Animals
By Hélène Rajcak & Damien Laverdun
320 x 250mm
80 pages
ISBN: 978-1-877467-90-5

Thanks to Gecko Press for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illusration and Surface Design Blog to publish these images.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Table Manners by Mike Howie

Like all kids, Cleo struggles to sit still at the dinnertable...

Copyright Mike Howie 2012

A Little Peace by Mike Howie

Mike likes to take a quick look at the news headlines on his phone at breakfast time, but it is rare for Cleo to allow him a quiet moment. Here is a cute misunderstanding from a few weeks ago:

Copyright Mike Howie 2012

Read about the artist Mike Howie here.