The first of my Three Little Girls series. I began this project looking for a way to capture the feelings behind the memories of my grandmother’s home. Illustrated from memory, I tried to capture the most important memories and events that regularly took place during a visit to Grandma’s. Inspired by the simplicity of the writing and illustrations of Lois Lenski’s books, which also are a significant part of my own growing up experience, I tried to incorporate the same nostalgic feel of her classic books into my own writing and illustrating.
The book is drum leaf bound bristol, which was illustrated using water color and Prisma Color pencils.
End sheets are letterpressed printed, carved from lino, and the image is replicated from the wallpaper of my grandmother’s kitchen.
In keeping with the home-made / home-bound feel, I opted to embroider the book title directly on to the book cloth which is inset into the cover (to prevent from unnecessary wear).
Illustrations and Photographs by Ann Neslen
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