When I was small I had a Dean's Fairytale book and I remember reading it, but in particular, spending hours gazing at the illustrations. Yesterday I saw on Pinterest that one of Milk magazines new shoots features an image of a little girl wearing an almighty paper hat and reading a Dean's fairytale book.
Image via www.milkmagazine.net
The image, shot by Gemma Booth photography, really took me back, so I started searching more of the lovely illustrations from those books. I think my copy may have been a 1971 edition. Here are some beautiful images from various Dean's Books, all via Pinterest.
Such a happy day: my Marimekko for Target loot finally arrived from the USA!
A friend of my husband's kindly let me ship it to his house in California, as Target don't ship internationally. (Target Australia, you should really rethink a collab with Marimekko).
Everything is amazing and such beautiful quality that I really wish I'd bought more. I tried to stick to practical and light to ship stuff, which meant no hammock, boogie board or tents unfortunately!
The best things are the tea towels, I'm so glad I bought four. They are great quality, thick cotton.
The bag is also lovely - and HUGE! It'll be great for Summer.
I love the flip flops, or thongs, as we call them in Australia, although the print will be hidden underfoot when I wear them. Boo.
The platter is nice but probably the only thing I don't loooooove. I'm glad I didn't buy more platters, as I was definitely considering buying lots of these pieces. They are melamine, which is great for picnicware, but the print isn't super great quality. I don't know, it looks a little faded. Don't get me wrong, I like it. It just doesn't seem as good quality as the other pieces, which are very impressive, considering the Target price tags.
I'm a very happy camper all in all though! Yay Target for Marimekko, an overall thumbs up!
It's a pretty good read. Ken Done has led a fascinating life and I really like his tongue in cheek attitude to life. I was one of countless Australian children who had Ken Done bedding. This was my quilt cover as a child - part of Ken's famously successful bedding collaboration with Sheridan.
I also remember seeing this:
In 1988, Australia held the World Expo in Brisbane. My dad drove my best friend and I the 13 hours there and back to visit. Ken Done's Australia lettering is fantastic on the Australian pavilion. I was only 15 but I remember being amazed by the architecture on some of the pavilions.
Some of Ken Done's wonderfully colourful artwork. It was interesting to read in the book that he is very influenced by Matisse.