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 Facets

Illustration for the upcoming annual Boo! Bash celebration at Facets.

Boo! Bash is a multi-layered event for families and children, featuring costume competitions, carnival festivities, film screenings, and so on. It takes place in October.

I really enjoyed working on something so playful and for such an incredible place!

Facets is a Chicago-based media arts organization, providing education, conservation, and screenings of independent and international films.

Facets Boo Bash

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

Lurie Garden artwork

New illustrations for Lurie Garden’s Annual Plant Sale event.

I re-created some of the plants that will be at the sale, using a mix of hand drawing, texture and collage elements. Had a lot of fun with this.

Lurie Garden is a non-profit urban sustainable gardening project located in Millennium Park. It is an incredibly peaceful and beautiful space in the heart of downtown Chicago.

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lurie sign

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The view from the garden facing the Art Institute…

Lurie Garden

Album cover for ada and rosalind

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I was approached by pan y rosas discos to design the album cover for Rosalind Hall and Ada Rave’s new improvisational album, a trail, a texture. Pan y Rosas Discos (pyr), is a Chicago-based netlabel that focuses on experimentalal/noise/improvisational music and sound.

The cover is a composition of an ink drawing imposed on a monoprint, with addition of type.

learn more about pyr’s release of the album – http://www.panyrosasdiscos.net/pyr158-rosalind-hall-ada-rave-a-trail-a-texture/

Artwork for Blue Moon Brewing Artist Series

I have some exciting news!

My screen print has been selected as one of 20 pieces nation-wide to be featured on Blue Moon Artist Series labels, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Blue Moon Brewing Co. Here is the original print:

Blue Moon Symphony screen print by Sanya Glisic

Now featured on a limited-edition Blue Moon Artist Series label…
Blue Moon Artist Series, bottle

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So, there is a little contest to this…
To support me and my work, please visit Blue Moon’s fb page and simply * LIKE * my piece:
here is the link – http://on.fb.me/1KDop7Q

The top 10 pieces with highest number of likes are eligible for an award. The contest goes through end of August, so feel free to share too. I sincerely appreciate your support, thank you!

Check out some of the process from creating the print…

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blue moon process, ink

blue moon process, ink detail

glisic, Blue Moon Symphony print

via instagram:
#BlueMoon20Years
#ArtfilledFriday

‘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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Illustrations for the Chicago Reader Fiction Issue 2015

I have a couple of illustrations in this week’s Chicago Reader 15th annual Fiction Issue, for Latoya Wolfe’s story, “Migration”. The story is about the now-demolished Robert Taylor Homes.

Story and art here: “Migration”

Illustration for 'Migration', 2015

spot illustration for 'Migration', 2015

Cover for Newcity’s Year End Super Issue

Cover for Newcity’s Year End super guide to Chicago.

Had a lot of fun with this. The birds, letters and stars were actually cut out of black paper, which was then scanned.

With so much violence and chaos in the news, this was a quiet, personal response to the current state of things… Possibility and hope for tranquility and peace.

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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! :-)

Illustration for Chicago Reader’s Fiction Issue 2014

New illustration for the Chicago Reader’s Fiction Issue 2014, out this week!

The issue features a juried selection of new stories by Chicago authors. I was asked to create an illustration for Heather Michael’s story, “Diáspora.” The story deals with a poor, fragmented family held captive in a cycle of fear and ransom by the mob.

You can read the full story here, or pick up a copy of the issue. Other illustrations include lovely submissions by Hye Jin Chung, Lilli Carré, Johnny Sampson, and others.

"Diaspora" illustration