Tuesday, October 6, 2009

thank heaven for lovely otome

"Arabesque is an aesthetic zine aimed at all things beautiful and refined. Inspired by the Japanese concept of otome, or maiden, it recalls the tiny loves, dreams and fancies that comfort and console the mind. Imagine: a good cup of tea at a cafe you chanced on a rainy day, the delicacy of light playing on an embroidered silk handkerchief, a whisper of music passing through an open window; you walk through the forest, breathe in the crisp and cool autumn air- lost in the wonder of every day life."

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I was lucky enough to be invited to draw a few illustrations for the Arabesque Zine. A wonderful break from my usual, it was a pleasure to exercise my more feminine side in order to put pictures against a translation, provided by An Nguyen and Bronwyn Thomas, of 'Suzuran- Lilly of the Valley' by Yoshiya Nobuko.
I have yet to receive a hard copy of the zine, but the craft and care that's been applied to its creation is plain enough from the layouts I've seen online. I can't urge you enough to check it out!

Edit note: The book will have its debut at Canzine in Toronto this November 1st.

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