Folk Art flutters

Thursday, 10 June 2010

I have just added these two books to my hopeful book splurge wishlist... Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design and Olle Eksell: Swedish Graphic Designer. I'm not sure what Naive art but its pages look full of glorious patterns and colours and Swedish designer Olle Eksell is great so that's bound to be a treasure.

I've been drawn to a few things just this week that remind me of these books - funny how that happens. First up I stumbled on the great work of Paul Ibou via the Present and Correct twitter page. His stage name if you like, means owl in french so they are his thing... and such lovely little ones they are! He worked in the 60's but his designs still look so interesting and fresh don't you think? You can read and see more about him over on iconofgraphics.

Then in a newsletter from Boxbird gallery I discovered the work of New Zealand artist Ellen Giggenbach. Though a modern artist, her work feels like a treat from those yonder years also. She uses hand coloured papers all cut and collaged... so lovely!

So my eyes are open wide and am hoping to add to this mini collection... I just can't help but feel happy looking at them!


  1. 2wit 2woo... love the owls!!

  2. I love Ellen's work too. The Lark stock her new range in Australia (notepads and accessories)

  3. Thanks Deborah... those notepads are gorgeous! had never heard of larkmade before either!


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