What to eat in April…

l was thrilled when illustrator, Emma Dibben kindly accepted my invitation to be a part of Looking Glass! I’ve been an avid collector of her food illustrations since being introduced to her work via the magazine publication – Waitrose Food Illustrated.

l find Emma’s “sketch” style of illustration celebrates the seasonal offerings in a warm and welcoming manner, tempting the reader to visit their local market, and purchase fresh produce.

The rendering of additional ink/paint spatterings that accompany the main illustrations, in particular lend themselves to the idea of a much-used cookbook, which l feel adds to the charm of Emma’s work.

A splash of colour, the tonal hues of a fruit or vegetable, and the attention to detail to capture the contours of a herb or leaf, makes these illustrations a mouth-watering experience – bringing them vividly to life!

As a person who enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients, Emma’s drawings, simply inspire me to try my hand at new recipes and techniques. Although, l have to confess, l do indeed have a soft spot for the classical dish – rhubarb crumble with a dash of vanilla sauce.

Spring has joyously arrived, and so on this note, l warmly invite you to taste the culinary delights of April!

When Wanderers Cease to Roam

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l was given this beautiful book by a dear friend of mine as a birthday gift. Having untied the pretty bow, and unwrapped the elegant paper, l found myself immediately bowled over by the spellbinding illustrations and amusing anecdotes.

When Wanderers Cease to Roam – A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put by Vivian Swift is not simply a journal, or a travel memoir, but a unique reading experience, reflecting personal adventures and the enjoyment of “staying put” within the cycle of a year, from January through to December.

As a designer, l find the hand-written style most visually striking, and have decided to read each chapter month by month…here’s to October – l wonder what monthly treasures are awaiting to be discovered…

Joseph Cornell

I was first introduced to the enchanting world of Joseph Cornell as a sixteen year old graphic design student. From that magical moment onwards l was captivated by his “Art in boxes”.

A couple of years later, during further graphic design studies, and before heading to Edinburgh College of Art, l took the opportunity (as part of a student project) to create a visual piece called “The History of the Pencil” inspired by Joseph Cornell’s art.

And so to to discover this playful book called, “The Joseph Cornell Box: Found Objects, Magical Worlds” by Joan Sommers and Ascha Drake is pure delight. l feel it captures the very essence and charm of Joseph Cornell’s boxes. l invite you to explore their beautifully crafted book and related website, to discover the world of Cornell that continues to capture my imagination.