I thought I’d share a book that was given to the kids by their grandmother some time ago, and I’ve since fallen in love with it. The Secret Seahorse, by Stella Blackstone. It’s a cute little story that has an added element of a hidden seahorse in each full-page spread. Even though the boys have read it enough times that the little seahorse’s secret is out, they don’t grow tired of it. Neither do I.
More than the story, however, I find that the pictures are what keep me coming back time and time again. As a child, I wasn’t much for reading, but I loved getting lost in intricate illustrations of sea life, forest life, anything nature-oriented. I guess not much has changed!
All of the illustrations are done in felt and vintage fabrics, buttons, trims, and stitched by hand. The bright colors, the rich layouts, and the intricate detail are just fascinating to me. I guess being an artist who also fell in love with fabric, this is something that I find wildly inspiring.
The artist, Clare Beaton, clearly has some skills. Not only is it obvious the woman can draw, but her stitching is impeccable. Her work, to me, is the perfect marriage of the two mediums.
If you check it out, I hope you find it as charming as I do. I’m curious… what’s inspiring you lately (doesn’t have to be a book)?