7 Watercolor Illustrations by artist Jessie Kanelos Weiner

28 March 2016
Jessie Kanelos Weiner

  If you have been following Lost in Cheeseland for a number of years, you are no stranger to Jessie Kanelos Weiner’s work — she is among the many talented expats I have featured on Franco File Fridays and have had the great fortune of collaborating with her on a story for the New York Times T Magazine last year (about pastry, of course!). Now, I’m excited to share the American watercolor illustrator’s biggest project to date: Edible Paradise: a Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables.  Beyond its therapeutic merits, readers can use Edible Paradise as a guide to seasonal eating, coloring it in as they go along. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that this book represents food activism, but it gently reintroduces a topical subject like seasonal eating in a fun, approachable, interactive way.  Jessie hopes it will engage readers young and old to take a second look at nature and what they put into their bodies. Perhaps it is even the bridge between screen time and nature.  Although Jessie’s work as a watercolorist is often literal and interpretational, this book was an exercise in dreaming up nature’s psychedelic details. And the richest part of the book is that […]…

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Wish List: Hand-Drawn Illustrated Map of Paris

5 February 2015

From books to film, music and art, the paeans to Paris are boundless in form and in seemingly endless supply. But a particular affection has grown for maps and illustrations of the capital in particular. Like many of you, I too find myself perpetually charmed by them. Whereas digital illustrations have largely become the rendering of choice, I’m drawn to pieces crafted by hand. One of my favorite recent finds is the new hand-drawn illustrated map by English illustrator Jenni Sparks, known for her pop-art style and keen eye for details. She spent several months canvassing Paris for cultural spots, dining favorites and other attractions to include in her latest city map – now available for purchase on Evermade – anchoring each highlight with the colorful thread of the metro which lends utility. For Paris lovers or those learning about the city, Jenni’s vision makes for a playful addition to any artistic collection. Scroll below for a few close-ups of the map! To see more of Jenni’s city maps and other illustrations, visit her website and pick up a copy of the Paris map on Evermade!…

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