A Child's Christmas in Wales.

Many years ago as an art student in New York City, I took a children’s book illustration class.  I loved children’s books then and I still do.  I chose to illustrate A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, my favorite author.  This classic story is one of my annual reads at this time of year.  If you’re not familiar with it, you can read it here.

I love doing collage, so that is how I illustrated the book.  I bought some beautiful silk-screened paper, which still holds it color today.  Unfortunately, I also used rubber cement.  It worked great then, but after the passing of time it became brown and stained the paper.  The whole bound book is now falling apart. 

Because I made this book back in the dark ages, when computers were not on every desktop, I typed out the text.  Yes, I typed it out on one of those old-fangled typewriters with the ribbon.  I’m no great typist, so this was a labor of love.

I’ve decided that I will now print out the text on my computer and reassemble the book.  The illustrations are still in pretty good shape, but I will probably have to re-glue some of the collage elements. 

Rug hooking has taken a back seat for the holiday season, but I’m ready to bind the Barn Project rug.  Then onto the next super secret rug.  I'm ready to start hooking again!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the salvaging of a treasured art project