April 28, 2006

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


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.]


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]


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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