Monday, January 25, 2010

Dromedary Dreams

One of my greatest joys of the past year has been to devote more time than ever to my book projects. For years, Dromedary Press has been a dream that I've been able to bring more and more into the waking world to share with everyone else. The gallery show is shaping up to be a grand celebration of my books and illustrations.

I hope many of you will be able to come to the book signing at Castle in the Air on February 11. But even if you can't join us, you can be a part of the adventure by getting your own copy of Commonplace Mouse through our Online Shoppe!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Prints, Charming

We've been a bit quieter than usual on the blog for the past few weeks, as we're giving all our spare moments to the preparation of the next Castle in the Air Gallery show, an exhibit of three dozen prints of my watercolor illustrations and portraits.

For this show, I've taken several of my favorite illustrations and embellished them in the "dressed prints" style popular in India. Countless hours in my home studio have been spent adding silk, feathers, jewels, lace, sand, and other elements to turn the flat prints into sculptural wonders. You'll have to come to the exhibit (or the reception and book signing on February 11) to take in the full effect.

Prints, Charming
Portraits from the Studio for the Imagination
February 1 through March 19, 2010

Gallery open 12 - 6 Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday

Reception and book signing with light refreshments Thursday, February 11, 6 - 8 p.m.

Castle in the Air
1805 Fourth Street
Berkeley, Calif. 94710
(510) 204-9801

Friday, January 15, 2010

Out With The Cold, In With The Flu!

The holiday season takes months of preparation and expense, but how many people stock up and brace themselves for flu season? Every single one of us at the shop has come down with a cold or the flu over the past few weeks, and now we're all (touch wood!) back to our normal, healthy selves. The picture here is a Victorian advertisement from Old London Cries & Characters, a reprint of a pamphlet we received recently from Alan Pryor of Pryor Publications. If only we'd had a bottle of Owbridge's when we needed it!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happy New Year!

The holiday decorations are put away, everything is counted and in its place, and the store has been scrubbed from tip to tail. Now we can let the new year begin!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rouze Up!

Welcome to 2010! We've completed our inventory and our redecorating, and will post photos here soon. In the meantime, Mr. Marsh brought us a beautiful letterpress postcard with a message that seemed a good way to begin the new year. Just click on the picture to see it larger.

From Mr. Marsh: Here's something that came in the post-box for Wonderella over the holidays, part of a pack of small letterpress cards from my colleague Alan Brignull of The Hedgehog Press. William Blake, letterpress postcard, an artistic call to arms...what more can one want? Alan's about nothing if not equality for all, so I'm sure he'd say that the message applies to the rouzing up of all Young Women of the New Age, too. If anyone wants to get in touch with Alan, he's at:

Alan Brignull
The Hedgehog Press
33 Heath Road
C07 9PU

Rouze up O Young Men of the New Age!
Set your foreheads against the ignorant Hirelings! For we have hirelings in the Camp, the Court & the University : who would if they could, forever depress Mental & prolong Corporeal War.

Painters! On you I call! Sculptors! Architects! Suffer not the fashionable Fools to depress your powers by the prices they pretend to give for contemptible works or the expensive advertizing boasts that they make of such works...
--William Blake, from the preface to Milton