Blexbolex, from Seasons, 2010
A screen printer by training, Blexbolex has illustrated and written over a dozen children’s books in his wonderfully minimalist, soft-colored drawings. He accompanies his cartoony pictures with large block letter words, often just one per page, that are surprisingly thought-provoking. He’s most famous for his 2008 book L’Imagier des gens, which earned the hardy title of “Best Book Design in the World” at the Book Fair of Leipzig in 2009, but his most recent creation, Seasons, has made a pretty big splash in children’s literature as well. It tours a single landscape over the course of the four seasons, each page featuring a snapshot, as wide-angled as children playing and as zoomed in as a caterpillar crawling, that somehow capture the mood of the times of year.
One of America’s most majestic regions provides the setting for this late Kerouac novel, a sprawling book that finds the author’s alter ego, Jack Duluoz, hiding out and spiraling into alcoholism at a friend’s Bixby Canyon cabin. Although his emotional state isn’t exactly pleasant, Kerouac’s descriptions of Big Sur are truly breathtaking. If you can tolerate experimental poetry, you’re sure to find “Sea: Sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur,” the verse that ends the book, evocative.
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Magda Sayeg, founder of KnittaPlease, began by taking knitting out of the home and into the streets. By inserting handmade art in a landscape of concrete and steel, she adds a human quality that otherwise rarely exists. Her work has been recognized for its influence in street art as well as the craft of knitting. Magda Sayeg is based in Austin, Texas.