Posts Tagged ‘vintage’
this week’s picture book is the butterfly ball and the grasshopper’s feast, from 1973. illustrated by alan aldridge and with verses by william plomer, it’s loosely based on the poem of the same name by william roscoe, but is more focused on the animals’ preparations for the ball.
esmerelda, seraphina & camilla
the incredible illustrations by alan aldridge bring the verses to life. according to wikipedia he was apparently inspired when he “read that john tenniel had told lewis carroll it was impossible to draw a wasp in a wig.” aldridge’s work really deserves a post all of its own, he was responsible for many great album covers, and helped create the graphic style of that era. wikipedia says ‘his work was characterised by a flowing, cartoony style and soft airbrushing – very much in step with the psychedelic styles of the times.’
“this is the tale of the summer’s day, deep in the woods of england, when the butterflies and grasshoppers invited all the creatures of air and land to a ball and feast. from st michael’s mount, windsor, rye, salisbury, tintern abbey and the far corners of britain they came – moles, gnats, dormice, newts, shrews, caterpillars, moths, frogs, squirrels, spiders, toads, mice, bees, flies, worms, centipedes, hares, hedgehogs, otters, and foxes. setting out in johnson’s spinner trains, hot-air balloons, stagecoaches, and on foot, most arrive – some fall foul of bats, stoats, wasps, and foxes and don’t! beneath the broad oak tree the butterflies and guests dance the evening away, feasting and merrymaking until the glow-worms light up and lead the weary guests back to their beds.”
you may remember a few weeks ago i featured the animated music clip “love is all” that was made in 1974 by roger glover, based on the song love’s all you need mentioned in this book. this was supposed to lead to a full length animated film, and glover had written a full soundtrack that became the butterfly ball album, but the film was never made.
shelly snail & swallowtail
there are also two other books based on the sequels: the peacock party and the lion’s cavalcade. there are many more gorgeous illustrations in ‘the butterfly ball’ but these tiny images just don’t do them justice. i urge you to find yourself a copy of The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast and pour over the amazing work.. its a grasshopper’s feast for the eyes.
wouldn’t it be amazing to have a butterflies ball themed party? who do you think you would dress as?
do you remember i told you about my screen printing course? well, last saturday i finished it up. at the end of the first class we coated our screens with photo emulsion, so at the start of the last class we exposed them to the UV light. It was a pretty fancy set up, with a vacuum chamber to put the screens in while they were being exposed. i bought some calico bags to print on, and the bag pictured below is the finished result.
“Einordnung” – Issued by the Deutsch Sparkassenverlag bank publishing agency. The title might freely translated as ‘keeping one’s place’ or ‘adaptation”
Publisher: Deutsch Sparkassenverlag GmbH
False eyelashes were invented by the American film director D.W. Griffith while he was making his 1916 epic, “Intolerance”. Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks, to make her eyes shine larger than life. A wigmaker wove human hair through fine gauze, which was then gummed to Owen’s eyelids. “Intolerance” was critically acclaimed but flopped financially, leaving Griffith with huge debts that he might have been able to settle easily – had he only thought to patent the eyelashes.
via useless facts
a long time agoin the kingdom of make believable knitsthe children declared their independenceand moved across the valley to live with the friendly animals.they were happy until autumn when it came to their noticethat the animals coats were growing thicker and warmerwhile their own clothes were getting thinner.
as winter approached, envy grew into hostility,until the animals, alarmed for their lives,sent the tiger in delegation to persuade the childrenfrom persisting in their foolishness.
“children” said the tiger,“your pride threatens the peace of our land.rob us of our coats and you rob yourself of friends,and when our coats wear thin on your backs youwill be lonely and cold too. let us carry you home where youcan enjoy the fruits of the affectionate adults.”
the children heard his words and metin council to deliberate the matter.a few thought it more romantic to sneak homeunder cover of darkness and gather yarns to knit forthemselves. but the majority said this was not a timefor romance. “all we can knit anyway is scarves and whowants to go around all winter wrapped in a scarfwhen we could have cardigans and dresses and caps and slacks.let us return and reconsider independence when weknow better how to care for ourselves.”
secretly relieved at being outvoted,the few joined the many and they all set out at onceastride the larger animals. the adults were likewiserelieved and decided henceforth they wouldtry to give their children a greater sense of freedom.
and so you will notice as youread through our book that while the children andtheir animal friends play happily together,the grownups are not anywhere to be seen.they are behind the scenes knitting.
signed,the fashion director
D, D, D, D
Daddy dear, oh daddy dear
Do dogs have dreams, do ducks have ears?
Do dragons dance, why do gophers dig holes?
Do gophers dress up in their dirty clothes?
D, D, D, D
Dogs dream of meat and their dreams are delicious
Ducks do have ears but they don’t do the dishes
Gophers dig holes to hide their candy bars
Dragons don’t dance and they don’t smoke cigars
D, D, D, D
Daddy dear, oh daddy sweet
Do dandylions roar, do daisies have feet?
May I have a drink of water and a dish of tadpoles?
Daddy how deep is a doughnut hole?
D, D, D, D
If dandylions roar then your daddy is deaf
The daisies drank the water so the tadpoles left
Your eyes are droopy darling daughter and you’re dizzy in the head
The toads are eating dinner so it’s time to go to bed
Little dolly go to bed
Music by Bud Luckey
Lyrics by Donald Hadley
Lyrics from The Original Sesame Street Lyrics Archive
As seen on Sesame Street Old School: Volume 1