No energy or reason to do anything other than snuggle under blankets with a pile of books, today. At work yesterday I picked up Quentin Blake's brilliantly fascinating account of his working processes, Words and Pictures, and brought it home to read. I love his Punch cover from 1962 (above). The quality of his line and expression is superb.
I also love his gentle observational humour.
His use of handscript and restrained colour in his early commissions for the Spectator is exquisite.
I always find myself drawn to late fifties and early sixties design, illustration and typography, and thanks to Melissa's recommendation, I've also been really, really enjoying Swedish Embroidery by Eivor Fisher, a gorgeous 1953 publication full of traditional and modern embroidery designs. The original paper patterns are still tucked into the back.
This design for a door curtain covered in hand embroidered Viking ships on grey linen is my favourite.
The detail is so lovely. I am very inspired!
When I have finished browsing through these I have a new book about Dorothy Wordsworth to devour. Light the fire and put the kettle on, someone...
As usual, the images I've used are copyright of the artist/publisher, so mustn't be used for anything except your own personal reference.