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theblackapple
Illustrator/Writer/Rabbit
Interests: rabbits, children's book illustration, sea monsters, old dresses, luna moths, apples, cats, painting, sewing, birds, buttons, pineapples, strawberries, polka dots, stripes, calico, stripes, swans, t-strap mary janes, tom waits, renee french, adrian tomine, dan clowes, richard sala, knee socks, real letters.
Recent Activity
Thank you! Dream Animals is getting a board book version on this same release date (August 25) and I *think* Day Dreamers may get it the following year? Not sure. : )
Thanks so much everyone! :D
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I was wondering about when to spill the beans about this newest book. It's out at the end of August, which is still a little while away, but reviews are already coming in so...I feel like it's time to introduce... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I feel like I'm forever getting the hang of juggling all these behind-the-scenes things and not vanishing from the face of the earth (the internet-earth) completely. I've grown used to the waiting, to the long lead times for everything --... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Aw, thanks Jen! I hope you & *your* fleurs are doing well. I had my first rose of the year last week (Wollerton Old Hall, one of my favorites) but so far, that's the only one. We planted eight new roses bushes (some duplicates, some new) this year -- now the David Austin total in the garden is up to 10 different varieties! :D
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2015 on It Won't Be Too Long... at (Inside A Black Apple)
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before the book these bebes belong to is out! This Summer. I can't wait! In the meantime, we'll just have to hang out with this little crowd. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I've gone back to the sea for a project I'm working on and my mermaid heart is very happy about it. I can't wait to share more as I'm able to! Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2015 on In Progress at (Inside A Black Apple)
SO good! Such a full, beating heart to that one. I'm so happy to hear of somebody else reading it. I bet you're missing those sisters! I missed them for weeks afterwards. ♥
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2015 on In Progress at (Inside A Black Apple)
The Bloody Chamber is probably her most famous & beloved book - it's a collection of short stories that re-imagine famous fairy tales (and I think there's actually a link to it my book list in the sidebar.) It's spectacular & one of my favorite things in the world, but be warned that it's also quite lurid & decadent & full of teeth in its way. I think her style might be a bit divisive: people either fall under its spell or are left cold. Wise Children (mentioned above!) and The Magic Toyshop are both really enchanting & probably the most accessible of her novels. Nights at the Circus is lovely too, but my favorite novels are the two above. There is another collection of short stories (I think her short stories are where she shines most) as well as a lot of nonfiction writing as well. And now I'm getting carried away! A. Carter makes me that way. : )
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2015 on In Progress at (Inside A Black Apple)
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It has become clear to me that my next art show is basically going to be Angela Carter fan art. Here is a glimpse of the elusive & very fancy paper palettes that I use! It's grey, which, I suppose,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Even when I'm happily lost in working away on things, the siren song of books & bed & cat is always there. Thank you for the nice words and excitement in the last post re: this longer book. I am... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Write your senator (or rather, write the publishers!) -- I'd love to do my own illustrated Alice! :D
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on Editing Still Life at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2015 on Editing Still Life at (Inside A Black Apple)
That is so kind, Melissa! I was really happy to work on something longer. I can't wait for it to be out in the world!
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2015 on Editing Still Life at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Thank you for the nice words & excitement re: the next picture book in the last post. More on that front soon! While I've been proofing cute bebe feets, I've also been in the midst of editing another book...a longer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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:D Thanks, everybody! I'm so excited about this little book. I can't wait for it to be out in the world!
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2015 on Proofing Cute Feet at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I spent a little bit of my birthday (last Friday - the 13th, and it wasn't filled with bad luck & bad omens, but instead with brunch & cake) looking over the first batch of proofs for my next picture... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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The Eleanor postcard set is back from the printer & now available in the shop ! Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
I decided I couldn't give it up!
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2015 on It Can Only Get So Tidy at (Inside A Black Apple)
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In case you need some cards for your pals & beloveds, you can find the (free!) download link in this post from last year. I probably need to get my own Valentine-y mail out if it's going to get there... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
That is very funny & *not* creepy. : )
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2015 on It Can Only Get So Tidy at (Inside A Black Apple)
Here & here are some sewn things from the past few years...I mostly make my own dresses & also some dolls & things. http://theblackapple.typepad.com/inside_a_black_apple/sewing/ http://theblackapple.typepad.com/inside_a_black_apple/dolls/
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2015 on It Can Only Get So Tidy at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I did some Winter cleaning in here (a new start for new work & a new year!) But when you have a shoebox of a studio and you stuff it as full as you possibly can, it can only really... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I use those 7x9-ish Moleskines that come in the 3-packs!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2015 on My Scrapbooks at (Inside A Black Apple)