There’s nothing I like more than good old fashioned folk-lore storytelling meant for children – mean enough and creepy enough to scare adults. Pair that up with a craft as delicate as weaving a story from threads and you have gold. Book gold, that is…
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm has a fresh translation and enchanting new illustrations created by Romanian-born visual artist Andrea Dezsöto. Her delicate ink drawings mimic monochromatic, delicate black and white paper layered cutouts – a great play on the light and dark elements in Grimm stories.
When asked how she chose which fairy tales and which particular scenes to illustrate? Dezsöto explained, “I chose tales to illustrate that gave me immediate, strong, clear mental images as I read them,” explained Dezsö. “The scenes to be illustrated popped into my mind, often fully formed—like the whale rearing from the water with a man sitting in a tiny boat in front of it. I love tales that feature the devil or other nonhuman creatures, so that influenced my choices, too.”
I’m looking forward to tunneling through the stories in between the spaces of Dezsöto illustrations.