Hello! I have so much I want to share - and I feel a bit behind with everything... I'll start with sharing this book review the girls and I did for Enfants Terribles Mag's blog some while ago. We do a monthly book review for the magazine and it's really a cosy favourite moment to pick out the book, read it and talk about it together with the girls.
This time, a children's book by iconic and beloved Danish designer and artist, Bjørn Wiinblad. I remember how much I loved his plates and cups when I was a child - objects for endless study and scrutiny with their many tiny details, flowers and curlicues. I'm sure that Bjørn Wiinblad conciously decided to ignore the real world around him to create this flourishing and happy universe of his own - so good to diassapear a bit in for the rest of us.
The book entitled "Mukkerla's ude i skoven" ["Mukkerla's in the forest] is drawn and written in 1945 for Wiinblad's nephew, Muk. The story is very simple and the clue that makes it something speciel is that it's a story within a story. It begins with a blank page and for each page Wiinblad adds more and more details to create a forest scene with the boy Mukkerla's surrounded by grass, flowers, trees, deers, birds and a couple of foxes. At the moment the drawing is finished some intruders trespass the picture - a very noisy and polluting family not used to be in the forest. Element by element the noisy family destroyes the perfect image and we end up where we started with a blank page.
Molly, 3 years, loves this story - she studies the images and tells me the story over and over again. I see this little story as a picture of Wiinblad himself - creating a perfect and harmonous universe, but always well aware of another reality just beside it.