So I was planning on doing a post this morning about some of my new work, but it just didn't seem right considering the events that have recently transpired. Maurice Sendak, one of the most influential writer/illustrators of the childrens literature world, passed away today.
|Maurice Sendak: 1928 - 2012|
|Some "darker" imagery from my portfolio at the time|
|Costume Designs from Productions of "The Skriker" and "Burning Desires" produced by The Defiant Theater|
In my studio I try to surround myself with things that inspire and influence me. I have pictures of my dog (of course), cartoons that make me laugh, shelves with rotating picture books that I face out every month for new inspiration, but the one thing I have that will now mean more to me than ever is a print from "Where the Wild Things Are." Interestingly enough I purchased this print back in the summer of 1999, while working as a designer and assistant at a theater in Wisconsin, having no idea about the creative shift my future held. What I did know was that as a child this book fascinated me. I remember taking it out in the school library multiple times and just staring at the illustrations of the monsters. I was fascinated by the details, the line work, and everything in between. Funny thing is, I am still fascinated.
I consider myself to be very fortunate that I was able to meet Maurice Sendak while working on an opera version of his book Brundibar that he designed in 2003. Although our paths crossed very briefly, he was sweet and kind and especially great to the kids in the show.
If I could go back in time, I wish I would have thanked him for all of his work, but then again, maybe by being a fan of his work...I already have.
|“But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go - we’ll eat you up - we love you so!”|