One of my all-time favorite books is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I love that book for so many reasons, because it’s really well written but also very intricate, with many layers within the story like a matrouschka doll, but also or maybe the main reason is because, in my opinion, it’s a deeply spiritual novel. It has little to do with the weather though you might think so because of the title, well at least not in the literal sense. It has been turned into a movie with Halle Berry and Tom Hanks and although I was skeptical because I loved the book so much and because I saw no way of making these really impossible complicated stories that make up the fabric of this book into one entertaining story I do think the film is good in its own way. I made an alternative book cover for my favorite book a while back. David Mitchell went on and wrote more really good books, the man is a supernatural author. A literary hero of this day. Read this book or any book by him. You will not be disappointed.
In the meantime I went to the Frankfurt Buchmesse and was struck with the annual October cold. I am busier than ever behind the scenes and try to enjoy time with my little son (who is getting quite cheeky sometimes). I hope you are all well and thriving!
A while ago I came across the journal de jours blog of Hermine van Dijck. She is a textile designer living in Antwerp and I was intrigued by her name because Hermine is actually the name of my mother and van Dijck sounds like the name of a painter, come to think of it: isn’t it the name of a painter? So I began following her blog. I love her love for the simple things, her style is clean and arty. Blossom actually is a limited edition book with photo’s by Eefje de Coninck (another beautiful name) and with textiles by Hermine. It immediately struck a chord so I was very happy that Hermine gave her blog readers the possibility to buy a copy of the book. I do love it, It is tender and dreamy and the photo’s seem to tell a story. Those are the best photo’s. You can also purchase the book on Eefje’s site by the way.
I have always wanted to go to Japan. I love their attention to detail and their ability to dedicate themselves completely to a cause or a project. They do everything with such passion and devotion. They set really high standards and for many I presume the bar is just too high (Japan ranks in the top ten countries with the most suicides). Still, I love them for seeking perfection. I am a sucker for perfection myself. At the Frankfurt Buchmesse I saw these Japanese handicraft books (which I love, but are somewhat difficult to come by). I especially love the Peikko (Takako Kitano) books.
Yesterday I returned from the annual Frankfurt Buchmesse. I really like going there as part of my job (acquiring rights for new bookprojects) but it’s also really inspiring, for anyone who loves books. You get to see a lot of of recent and new releases just before they hit the bookshops and you can wander endlessly through the different halls (divided by country) with all kind of different topics. EVERY book that you can order is represented there. It’s fantastic! Just below I’ve included some pictures so you can get a taste for yourself and books that I thought looked really pretty. I really like craftbooks and childrensbooks because of the illustrations. I like the abstract design of these classics and I always go by Phaidon with their beautiful artbooks. I can’t wait for next year!