library illustration, limited edition by yoote
so glad everyone had such a positive reaction to my posts inspired by the time traveler’s wife yesterday (here and then here)! that book has clearly touched many, many lives. and emptied a lot of kleenex boxes.
for me – and also for celine of pure green design – you can’t speak of the time traveler’s wife without speaking of the shadow of the wind. they were both popular around the same time and they both took the bookselling world by storm. the shadow of the wind begins in the cemetery of forgotten books in barcelona, a fictional library that i think any book lover can visualize easily.
gothic quarter, photograph by tiffany zettlemoyer
just as in the time traveler’s wife, the imagery in this book is simply magical. but the magic has a very different flavor… the shadow of the wind captures the darkest corners of barcelona. there is very little joy, only a deep sense of yearning from each of the characters involved. the items in this post invoke a bit of that for me – so i hope you can get a feel for the story through them!
flor de lotus earrings by masaoms
my favorite genre of literature is young adult fantasy – think chronicles of narnia and a wrinkle in time, not twilight 😉 – although both of the above books are decidedly adult. books in that genre seem to paint the most vivid imagery for me, that feeling that you know what each character looks like, what each setting looks, smells, and feels like. i also love the books of madeleine l’engle, margaret atwood, alice hoffman…
i think that’s one of the great things about buying handmade. you don’t have to rely on the current trend to express through your style & possessions what is affecting you right now. the imagery that is floating around in your mind, influencing your creativity, bringing you joy – you can wear it right on your sleeve (or in your hair, around your neck, on your sofa…).
handbound leather journal by kreativlink
i’ve met many book lovers in my virtual life – so i know you’re reading! i’m just wondering what books create this magical imagery for you?