Ex Libris Mags – One Kitten for Kim
Jan09

Ex Libris Mags – One Kitten for Kim

Apologies for being away for so long, but as you know, the holidays can be busy days. For this weeks’ Ex Libris, we have a beautiful book from the vintage collection – One Kitten for Kim. This little 3 colour book was written by Adelaide Holl and illustrated by Don Madden. It was published in 1969 by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company in Massachusetts. The handlettered title of One Kitten for Kim is just one of the attractions of the book. Other highlights include an adorable wrap-around cover design, kittens (7 of them!) and a boy named ‘Kim’. Although the story has a hidden ‘counting’ aspect – the main plot is cheerful, and engaging, following Kim down the street as he interacts with his neighbors. Holl, the author, has worked as teacher, a writer and an educational consultant at the Artists and Writers Press in New York, and as an editor from Random House. She later became a freelance author and wrote over forty books. Madden was born in 1927 in Ohio and was educated at The Philadelphia Museum School (now the Philadelphia College of Art). Although he has written and illustrated several children’s books, he is – SURPRISE – also noted for his cartoons which have appeared in Playboy magazine for a half a century! Madden, who also worked in commercial art and advertising, uses an appealing, if somewhat dated style. The black line work is thick but has energy. The colour is printed using just process yellow and cyan, but shows a broad mix of tones and tints. In an age of full colour printing, it is easy to forget how lovely a succinct colour palette can be, but in the late 1960s this would have been typical for a children’s book.   One Kitten for Kim begins when Geraldine, the cat, has kittens and Kim’s dad declares that there are “too many cats in this house”. Kim choses one kitten for himself and in accord with his mother’s wishes, puts “the others in his mother’s laundry basket and set the basket in his yellow wagon” to give them away.   Kim encounters various people along the road – Mrs. McGinty, Miss Murphy, Mr. Wiggins, Mr. Green and little crying Millicent who loves tigers.   Kim wheels his wagon along meeting various people as he goes. Ever the convincing salesman, Kim trades a kitten for Mrs. McGinty’s two goldfish. Miss Murphy, who prefers a quiet life, swaps her parrot for a kitten. The local green grocer, Mr. Wiggins is persuaded to take two kittens for his shop in exchange for a puppy. A terribly entertaining illustration shows Mr. Green chasing a black “pesky” rooster to...

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Welcome New Illustrators Ireland Member Sheena Dempsey
Dec13

Welcome New Illustrators Ireland Member Sheena Dempsey

Sheena Dempsey is a children’s book author and illustrator living in London. She went there to study for an MA in illustration in 2010 and has been hanging around ever since. She has been lucky enough so far to work for three fantastic publishers, Walker Books, Little Island and Templar Books. Check out Sheena’s beautiful work in her Illustrators Ireland portfolio and also on her personal...

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Culture Night at The United Arts Club
Sep19

Culture Night at The United Arts Club

It’s that buzzing time of year again! With Culture Night just around the corner, there is plenty to see and do! The United Arts Club in Dublin, a centre for people interested in the Arts, including literature, music, painting, drama, film; and good conversation; will be celebrating Culture Nighy by opening its doors to the public and inviting them to see their brilliant Life Drawing Exhibition. And if you’d like to have something exclusive, you’re in for a treat! During Culture Night only you can get your own portrait drawn by Club Members! For more information: United Arts Club 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2...

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Le Cool Dublin cover by Matthew Griffin
Sep08

Le Cool Dublin cover by Matthew Griffin

Talented illustrator and II member Matthew Griffin has created a brilliant piece for the cover of this week’s Le Cool Dublin issue (and there’s a little interview on him too! Read it here!) Le Cool Dublin is known for bringing to our inboxes a very special weekly magazine (also available online on the Le Cool website) featuring the best gigs, launches, screenings, and events in the Fair City as well as showcasing great talent in Ireland. Make sure to check out this unmissable edition of Le Cool Dublin...

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Illustrators Ireland monthly get together
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Baroque n Roll for Vodafone Ireland
Sep04

Baroque n Roll for Vodafone Ireland

Illustrators Ireland member Jon Berkeley has created an incredible piece entitled “Baroque n Roll” for the new Vodafone Ireland campaign. Get to know the whole process of creation – from ideas, sketching, composing and painting – to the finished pieces at Jon Berkeley’s...

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