Maira Kalman is another find that I have been keeping from you. She's MY find I say, even though she is prolific and works with a small publication called the NY Times. I really don't know what craziness goes through my thick head that I think I can keep these finds from the world when they are already out and about. I am like that kid that thinks if I close my eyes you won't be able to see me. I am a genius, that much is obvious. Well, enough, I will share Maira with you, she is another illustrator that I revere (it seems I am always obsessed with some illustrator/artist or other). Maira has a sharp wit to compliment her effortless illustrations and I adore her hand lettering. Maira illustrated the grammar tome 'Elements of Style', a book that should be familiar with most anyone that has ever taken an English class in the U.S. and to those writers out there that most likely have a well thumbed copy on their desks. I want this book badly, maybe my grammar will even improve if I get my paws on a copy.
Of course Kate Spade loves her as well, (I told you Kate is great). Oh yeah, she's done a couple of cover illustrations for that magazine The New Yorker, are you familiar with that? Only at the doctor's office? And your parent's house? Me too (I jest). I highly recommend you stop by the New York Times blog and read her illustrated + narrated columns/stories, they are magnificent. Just telling you about her work has made me feel smarter, now imagine how you will feel when you tell your friends and family that you 'discovered' the most delightful illustrator + writer on the New York Times blog? Go on now Maira is waiting for you.