April 28, 2006

A Is For Artist: Go To Tate For The Art, Stay For The Books & Aprons

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Just came across A Is For Artist, an interesting-looking alphabet book which was commissioned by the Tate Museum [Tate? The Tate? Museum? Museums? Whatever.] in London, and features arty photography by one Ella Doran, a hot-in-England designer, and the graphic design duo so insider-y cool, they only go by the thoroughly Google-proof name of Silence. Good luck with that, mates.

Anyway, I'm always a sucker for the artist-related stuff, so I'm inclined to like this book without even seeing it. And not just because, with a price of 12.99 on Amazon UK and $12.97 on Amazon US, it makes me feel that America's currency once again rules the seas. [$275 Mutsys for everyone! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-- Sorry.]

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But I like it because the product line she created for Tate also includes this cool children's apron with letters all over it. The kid hit a cooking/kitchen/pots&pans stage a few months ago, and so my wife searched and dug for a cool little apron so she could cook alongside us. She LOVES it, but this one's cooler.

The A Is For Artist children's apron is 8.50 plus shipping from EllaDoran.co.uk [elladoran.co.uk]

4 Comments

We've checked that one out from our library. It's visually interesting and as far as alphabet books go, one of the more sophisticated.

Another neat ABC book is called "ABC NYC: A Book About Seeing New York City." It was my daughter's 'souvenir' from her first trip to NYC last spring. She's just getting interested in books, so I should pull it out and show it to her. (As a non-board book, it's been left out of her reach.)

{we have a similar one; it's great, if a little abstract. I just can't remember the title. -ed.]

(and you say 'the Tate'. Like 'the Queen')

This book is also available at the LA County Museum of Art gift shop, for those in La-La Land.

Intersting and creative photos, illustrations, and printing techniques. Unfortunately the paper is thin and I still have to protect it from my 1-1/2 year old.

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