Alois Carigiet

Back from a recent trip to Europe and I’ll try to sum up one of the most genuinely inspiring museum visits I had while there.

In Switzerland, we stopped by the Museum Sursilvan in the village of Trun. The museum has a permanent collection of original Alois Carigiet illustrations, as well as a few of his paintings, and I absolutely fell in love.

Alois Carigiet (1902–1985) was a Swiss illustrator, designer, and painter. He is best known for his children’s picture books set in the Alps, including Schellen-Ursli (A Bell for Ursli), Flurina, Zottel Zick und Zwerg, among others.

Carigiet’s story is incredibly moving. Seventh of eleven children, economic hardship forced his family to relocate from the quaint farm village of Trun to the larger town of Chur. While living in Chur, he quit secondary school and instead spent years working as an apprentice to a master draftsman, eventually moving to Zurich to work commercially as a designer and muralist.

Longing for the mountain life of his childhood, he eventually left his design business in Zurich and devoted most of his remaining years to the unimpeded village life in the Alps, living from the land, observing and drawing from nature. He also began illustrating children’s books on request of author Selina Chönz, eventually writing and illustrating his own children’s stories. Near the end of his life, he settled back in the hills of Trun where he was born.

He was awarded the inaugural Hans Christian Andersen Medal for children’s illustrators in 1966.

Learn more about his life and works here and here.

The Museum Sursilvan Cuort Ligia Grischa in Trun exhibits some of Carigiet’s original works and is definitely worth the journey if you are nearby. The museum itself is housed in a beautiful Baroque building with a fascinating history and collection of historical items, worth a visit on its own.



An original page from Zottel, Zick Und Zwerg, by Alois Carigiet
© image by The Museum Sursilvan Cuort Ligia Grischa, Trun

Illustration for ‘The Monster Gasped, OMG!’

Excited to have my illustration in the just published, “The Monster Gasped, OMG!”, an anthology of children’s authored stories about monsters. I got to illustrate the story “Lonely Boy”, by Beyrali Santiago (age 11), about a time-traveling vampire warewolf boy >:)

Published by 826CHI, an amazing Chicago-based non-profit center helping students with writing and tutoring (an initiative founded by author Dave Eggers).

The Chicago Tribune also published an article about the project.

The Monster Gasped OMG book and illo

Lonely Boy illustration

‘Nutcracker’ illustrations in the Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature

Just received my contributor copies of the Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature!  It is a large, bright anthology of classic children’s stories, adaptated by various contemporary artists and illustrators. Edited by Russ Kick, out now from Seven Stories Press.

Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, cover

Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, book

It was VERY hard to choose which story to adapt, but I finally decided to go with “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. I have always loved the Tchaikovsky ballet, the costumes and the characters. While researching, I learned that the ballet was actually based on the short story by Alexander Dumas, which was actually a re-write of an earlier version by E.T.A Hoffmann, a German writer and composer. The original, written in 1816, is much darker, stranger, and more interesting than the later Dumas version. So of course I had to illustrate the original :)

These began as brush and ink drawings, which were digitally colored for the publication. I later decided to make the images into screen prints. You can see the original handprinted editions on my etsy page

The Battle between Dolls and Mice, detail

The Nutcracker and Doll Kingdom, spread

Seven-Headed Mouse King and The Battle between Dolls and Mice, spread

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“Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature” Exhibition at Society of Illustrators, NY

I have some pieces on display as part of the current exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in New York.

The exhibit features a selection of artworks from “The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature”, written by Russ Kick and published by Seven Stories Press:

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The reception and book launch is this Friday, November 7 at the Society of Illustrators. The exhibit dates are November 4 – December 20, 2014

For more info, please visit the Society of Illustrators

In addition, Publishers Weekly just released this great new review of the book!

If you happen to be in NYC, please stop by and check out the show! :-)

NEW! ‘The Nutcracker’ Screen prints

I’ve been busy in the studio, finishing up a new collection of screen prints.

These four new prints are based on E.T.A Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King”. The illustrations were completed for a graphic anthology of classic children’s stories, coming out in Spring 2015 from Seven Stories Press, New York.

I chose The Nutcracker, because the original story by Hoffmann is actually much darker and weirder than the later, more well-known version by Dumas.

Below is a peek at some of the process. The images are originally drawn in brush & india ink, then screen printed by hand in four ink colors in limited editions.

These are now available for purchase in my etsy shop ~ and make great handmade, holiday gifts too! :)

Check it out here: * The Nutcracker Collection on Etsy *

Nutcracker & The Capital prints
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The Mouse King
The Seven-Headed Mouse King
The Doll Kingdom
The Doll Kingdom
Doll Kingdom, detail
The Doll Kingdom (detail)
The Nutcracker, printing
printing The Nutcracker, final color

Art in Print Journal Review

The latest issue of Art in Print featured an article that kindly mentions my Struwwelpeter artist book.

Written by Courtney R. Thompson, the article covers the recent “Pulled, Pressed, Printed” exhibition at EXPO 72 Gallery. The show featured various Chicago artists and spaces, including Spudnik Press, where I completed the book during the artist residency.

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Struwwelpeter on 50watts!

One of my all-time favorite blogs – 50watts – just did a feature post on my Struwwelpeter project!

Click here to see the post

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Huge thanks to 50watts – I am very excited and honored to have the work featured on this incredible blog :)

If you have not checked out the site before, definitely stick around and take a look at all the amazing archives.

Struwwelpeter: larger prints

I decided to make some of the illustrations from Struwwelpeter as individual screen prints.
All prints are limited editions, now available through etsy.

Preamble
Untitled (Preamble), 12.5″ x 18″, screenprint

Fidgety Philip
Fidgety Philip, 11.5″ x 16″, screenprint

Inky Boys
Inky Boys, 11.5″ x 16.5″, screenprint

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Struwwelpeter, 11″ x 16″, screenprint

Thanks Quimby’s and everyone!

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to the Struwwelpeter opening event at Quimby’s!

It was so much fun and I feel incredibly thankful to be around so many talented and amazing people! I didn’t have a chance to photograph so it’s a good thing that Liz at Quimby’s did :)

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Struwwelpeter at Quimby’s!

Come check out my finished Struwwelpeter project at Quimby’s in February!

The event will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, Feb 10th at Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W North Ave, Chicago)

Visit Quimby’s website for more info

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Quimby’s is one of my favorite places in Chicago. I’ve spent countless hours perusing their comics and wonderful, strange books. I am truly thankful to take part in this event and hope to see you there!

Residency updates

Some process shots from the artist residency at Spudnik Press…

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printing the first color of pages #10 and #3

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prints drying

Below is one of the finished printed pages, a small introductory illustration from the story of the Harriet and the Matches

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