Apparently it is the 150 year anniversary of the London Underground. To celebrate, the London Transport Museum is having an exhibition of posters designed for what was/is the world's first underground railway. The posters span the period from 1908 to the present day. I thought they were very stylish!
Krazy Kat is a strangely surreal cartoon first published in the New York Times Journal in 1913. Drawn by George Heriman, it's the story of a nutty cat called Krazy who's in love with an evil mouse called Ignatz. Ignatz can't stand Krazy and so spends his whole time throwing bricks at the besotted cat. In Krazy's weird brain this is interpreted as a sign of love and affection from Ignatz. Meanwhile, Krazy is loved by a police pug dog called Officer Bull Pup who spends his time trying to prevent Ignatz from throwing bricks at Krazy by locking him up in jail at every opportunity.
I find the strip strangely addictive and the more I read, the funnier they get - but that's just me!
I stumbled upon this awesome ring set on Etsy from shop Lickety Cut the other day...Little Red Riding Hood. This is the sort of thing that would entertain me for days. Very nice! There are a whole heap more here too.
Nothing lifts my spirits (yes, I've had one of those days) like a whole heap of New Yorker cartoons. ...and nothing lifts my spirits quite as high as when those cartoons happen to be cat themed. Which is your favourite?
Something else I found in my ignored cupboard (see original post here): my collection of book marks. The avid collector strikes again!
These are a real find! I used to get these at Glebe Books when there was just the one store up by the church. I wonder if they still have them? I never used them as book marks. I used them to decorate various bare bedroom walls I was living in at the time. I have many more too, but these are the nicest.
Not a shadow puppet but a shadow puppy. I was actually trying to find a photo that was really shadowy and really Christmasy for today's shadow shot, however, this photo I took about a year ago stole my heart! This little lad was patiently waiting for his master/ mistress outside the Centennial Park Cafe. What a darling he is! There's a bit of shadowy action going on there too!
Shadow Shot Sunday is a Hey Harriet meme! If you'd like to join in, all you need to do is click here!
Happy Sunday to everyone and a Happy lead up to Christmas too!
Behold the wonderful and vividly coloured world of Maira Kalman! A regular contributor to The New Yorker and illustrator of numerous children's books, Kalman has also designed fabric for Issac Mizrahi. Maira Kalman has a selection of her illustrations in her book called The Principles of Uncertainty some of which have been happily made into cards! They are available at Catbird.
I think they are utterly beautiful! The woman is a master colourist, compositionist and humourist! :0)
Below is one of my favourite New Yorker covers she has illustrated.
You can read up on her life here and this is her website which is full to the brim with joyous paintings--> Maira Kaliman.