Sunday, March 2, 2014

Join me at Bren Michelle Design

Sadly, Kitty as a Picture blog has come to an end, because I simply cannot find the time for it. I need to focus my energy on my own design work and blog. You can find me at Bren Michelle, where I showcase some of my designs, and share my thoughts, inspirations, books I love, and more.
Thank you to all my readers; thanks to everyone who has taken the time to comment or to send me kind emails expressing your enjoyment of Kitty as a Picture; and a huge thanks to all the wonderful artists, designers and publishers who gave me permission to share their incredible designs, illustrations and publications.
To finish I'd like to share a little of my work. If you like it, please join me over at Bren Michelle.

Design by Bren Michelle

Design by Bren Michelle

Design by Bren Michelle

Design by Bren Michelle

Swan Collection by Bren Michelle

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pom and Pim by Lena and Olof Landstrom

Being a mum of two under fives I have the pleasure of reading many children's books. Sometimes I find the books pitched at preschoolers are just too chaotic and complicated, too complex for a little mind. Fortunately, there are some very engaging books that stand out for their clarity and simplicity. Pom and Pim by Lena and Olof Landstrom is one of these breaths of fresh air to me.

Pom and Pim are an adorable pair just going about their day happily in the warm sun when they take a sudden fall. Bad luck.
...Or is it?

This cute tale explores the surprising ups and downs Pom and Pim experience throughout their day. What appears to be good luck is possibly bad, and what presents as bad luck has a happy twist. 

The illustrations are super-cute; the soft watercolour style gives them an appealing delicacy while the darker inked line-work adds definition and boldness keeping the design modern. I think the style captures the character and personality beautifully.

Pom and Pim is a charming book. A compelling story told in fewer than a hundred words, it is perfect for kids just learning to read. It is also ideal for reading aloud to smaller children. Another stunning publication from Gecko Press!

Pom and Pim by Lena and Olof Landstrom
Published March 2014
Gecko Press
Ages 1+
218 x 195mm
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-877579-88-2 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-877579-66-0 (Hardback)
Origin: Sweden

About the Author and Illustrator

Lena Landstrom was born in Sweden in 1943. Illustrator Olaf Landstrom was born in Finland in 1943.
Lena and Olaf are husband and wife, and have collaborated on many children's books. They live in Stockholm, Sweden.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Oilily Spring Summer 2014 - The Dutch Orient Collection

Hi there! Happy New Year to all. I've enjoyed a wonderful, extended summer break, and now I'm delighted to kick off this year with a new collection from my all-time favourite children's fashion label Oilily. The energy, detail and quirks in Oilily's designs are a constant source of inspiration for me, and today I have enjoyed browsing their newest designs. I hope you too will be energised by their 'Dutch Orient Collection'

Oilily Spring Summer 2014 - The Dutch Orient Collection

To see the world, Oilily says we need only to voyage to the Netherlands. The Dutch Orient Collection is inspired by a time in Dutch history when tough sea captains and brave sailors ventured to the Orient, and other distant lands, and returned home with beautiful things - spectacular flowers, herbs, precious stones and fabrics that filled the country with fragrance, colour, and flavour.

In the Dutch Orient collection you'll find  typical Dutch colours, prints and designs - but with a twist. There is a hint of the exotic, and a rich variety of motif, detail, and technique. True to Oilily's signature, attention is paid to quality and craftsmanship; it is easy to see the care and consideration that has gone into each piece.
The collection consists of two parts. The Spring collection is primarily based on the colours of the Dutch national flag: red, white and blue. In the Summer collection the palette has been expanded with the addition of exuberant colours, such as bright pink, yellow and green.

Oilily Spring Summer 2014 - The Dutch Orient Collection

Oilily Spring Summer 2014 - The Dutch Orient Collection

There is much more to see in this lively collection, so pop over to Oilily Shop USA for a closer look. It is a particularly easy site to navigate, with excellent imagery that very quickly conveys the essence and mood of the new collection. Be inspired! I am.