Jules: Welcome to our weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week—whether book-related or not—that happened to you.
It’s the first Sunday of the month when we feature a student or newly-graduated illustrator, and today we welcome Candace Trew Camling, who graduated last year from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a BFA in illustration. Candace now lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband where she works as a freelance illustrator. Pinwheel Illustration & Design is her freelance business. “I work from a home studio, which is really a converted bedroom,” she told me. “I’m lucky to have the support of my husband and family, who seem to understand my need to create art better than I do sometimes.”
Candace—who generally works with oil, graphite, ink or works digitally—also tells me that she is working on “about three sizable projects that are involved with illustrating for children…I have also done quite a bit of plush design for a company here in Iowa. It is a lot of fun, and interesting to learn the process of product design. I think my ultimate dream is to illustrate books for children and always have a steady amount of work…who can’t say that really? It is the best feeling to have someone seek you out, specifically because they like what you create with your imagination and some art supplies.”
Pictured above is Candace’s “Fall,” and below are a couple more of her illustrations. We’ll open with an illustration of Bo Peep, which Candace is unveiling to the world today (I believe), followed by Mother Goose. Candace’s work is very sweet and soft, don’t you think? Not to mention colorful. Methinks she should illustrate her own nursery rhyme anthology. Thanks to Candace for stopping by this morning!
1* A while ago, the RMC (where I work) acquired an archival hip-hop collection documenting the beginning of the genre: records, performance flyers, clothing, and photographs by Joe Conzo (like the one to the left). I actually saw them cataloging some of it when I went for my job interview. Anyway, this past weekend Cornell held a conference on the history of hip-hop, based around the collection. For the past couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure of looking at Conzo’s photographs of the Cold Crush Brothers and Tony Tone displayed in our lobby next to the Gettysburg Address. It’s odd, seeing one’s childhood become history. But at the same time I’m thrilled (as usual) that my job is so cool.
2* On Friday I got to attend part of the conference – a panel discussion between some of the founders: Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Roxanne Shante, Popmaster Fabel, Tony Tone, Pebblee Poo, Disco Wiz, and Joe Conzo. It was fascinating, and awe-inspiring, to hear their stories. Did you realize those guys typically built their own sound systems out of spare parts? Do you think, say, Bow Wow knows how to build a speaker? Betcha not.
3* Afterwards I was going to go to their performance, but when I came home for dinner my friends and neighbors were sitting on the steps of our apartment building giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, and it was such a crazy cute parade I just had to stick around and help out.
4* Those same neighbors threw their annual Zombie Prom on Saturday night. It was fabulous. The husband and I went as Jack the Ripper and one of his victims, and our hosts were steampunk zombie hunters. I may never get the fake blood stain off my neck, but it was fun. There were supremely delicious red velvet cupcakes too.
5* Jules’s picture of Princess Piper, below.
6* I’ve been very remiss, in that I haven’t mentioned a very funny and sweet just-because card I got from Jules a couple of weeks ago, plus two excellent cards from my mom. The latest one has my favorite Douglas Adams quote ever: “I love deadlines. I love the wooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Thanks, ya’ll, for cracking me up, and for keeping the art of snail mail alive.
7* I got a travel guide for South Korea, and apparently it IS possible to get vegetarian food there, despite what my husband said when he got back. I was kind of worried there for a bit.
Bonus kick: my neighbors had a jack-o-lantern with a smiley face. Under the smile it said “Ooooobama!”
That’s all I got. How ’bout you, Jules?
Eisha, your job gets COOLER EVERY DAY. Seriously, dude.
1). Okay, so when I started blogging, I said I wouldn’t post pics of my children, but I kinda have already posted a few here, a few there (on Sundays), and there’s really no going back. I do hope to avoid posting them all the dang time, annoying readers, overwhelming people with cuteness (not to mention your children are never as cute to others as they are to you, with the exception of the grandparents). Anyway, having said that, I HAVE TO share this picture. It’s my favorite kick of the week.
My oldest dressed up as a princess for Halloween (she was Princess Piper, don’t you know?). At her Parents’ Day Out, they took a pic of each child. When she came home with this in a hand-made frame and handed it to me, it single-handedly made me laugh outloud and tear up. She’s a very sweet, sensitive, sometimes shy girl, but dress her up as a princess, and see what happens? Look at those hands. You just better bow down to her, huh? At least I think she’s approachable royalty.
2). I voted on Monday!
3). I saw my grandmother this week, who is about to turn 97-years-old. She forgot who I was a good while ago, but it’s good to see her.
4). My youngest daughter is named Ada, due to my great and abiding love for the novel Cold Mountain, and we were in the same room with an Inman the other day! This kinda blew my mind, and I figured we should act out the story, but then, these are just three-year-olds, so that’d just be wrong.
6). We made Laurel Snyder’s top-ten list for the “Top 10 Children’s Literature (Kidlit) Blogs” over at www.blogs.com. Aw, shucks. Really. Thanks, Laurel.
7). We watched this this week with our girls. With popcorn and hot choc-
BONUS kick: I finally got my library copy of Sergio Ruzzier’s Amandina. Bless my soul, I got all teary-eyed on the “the theater was empty: nobody had come” page. I had to gather myself together to keep reading to my four-year-old, who was also getting a little verklempt. I also finally got my copy of The Little Matador, from which Julian Hector had already shared some illustrations back in September. Move over, Ferdinand.
Two quick announcements:
- Go here to help the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation gather signatures to send to the U.S. Postage Stamp Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The Foundation wants to let the Citizen’s Advisory Committee know how welcome an Ezra Jack Keat’s Snowy Day stamp would be to families and educators across the country. As their press release puts it, “this book is not just an American classic beloved by generations of children and parents around the world; it is also the book that broke the color barrier in mainstream American children’s book publishing.” Word. I signed my name. Will you? Read TadMack’s post about it (or Tricia’s, which is where TadMack got her info).
- There is an organized book donation effort going on to honor Jacob Aaron Snow, the son of Amanda, the blogger over at A Patchwork of Books. Jacob lost his fight for life after four months of age, which is terribly, terribly sad. Charlotte over at Charlotte’s Library has organized this effort with help from author/illustrator Katie Davis. Read here for more information.
What are your kicks this week?