Obscure Craft book Thursday:Virginia Lee Burton, A Life in Art

E7E8XPK9XPSD Well that was a rather long and unplanned blogging break. I am knitting away on projects that I cannot share just yet and there is surprisingly little else to blog about these winter days. We are having yet another snow storm tonight and both my boys and my husband are snuggled up on the couch sketching away, a common sight lately.

The book I wanted to share today is more inspiration than craft instruction. It's a richly-illustrated biography-  Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art.

Virginia Lee Burton was an author and illustrator of 9 books and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and Katy and the Big Snow are two of our favorites. I love her distinctive illustration style, here's one of the endpaper illustrations from Mike Mulligan: 

I did not know until I read this book that Virginia Lee Burton also founded the Folly Cove Designers, as she taught and led a successful group of craftspeople who carved linoleum blocks and printed the designs on fabric and paper. Here is one of her pieces- 

There are many more examples of both her work for children and her printmaking in the book, I recommend it for the visual treats alone. But she was a unique artist with strong convictions as well as a working mother so it's a good read too. 

Regular blogging will commence this weekend, I have almost finished editing my first video tutorial- eep!- and it will be accompanied by a free knitting pattern. I am looking forward to sharing it with you!