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    the enchanted forest at foyles

    December 3, 2012

    Happy monday everyone. Boy, was yesterday a gloriously cold but sunny day in london.

    Although wanting to soak up as much vitamin d as possible, i quickly popped into foyles to see the charming exhibition on the 200th anniversary of the grimms’ fairy tales. To celebrate this milestone, seven young up and coming illustrators interpreted these wonderfully dark and mysterious stories into this special christmas exhibition. You can catch it until this friday 7th december .

    With christmas fast approaching and numerous christmas markets and late night shopping trying to fight for our attention, it’s becoming harder and harder to choose where to spend money. Art, for one, i believe is always a good investment. It’s long lasting and something to inspire for years to come.

    Being german, these tales were part of my childhood. I, certainly, will never tire of them.

    Let me apologise for the quality of my photographs. All pieces were framed with glass and there was a lot of reflections. I tried the best i could to capture most of each image. Some of them i had to crop, due to the glaring reflections.

    The pieces i’ve chosen are all archival prints for sale. Except for one (£30), they are £40 each. That’s a real bargain and would make a fabulous christmas present, don’t you agree? It was great to see the different styles interpreting the same fairy tales.

    To start off, the following illustrations are by lesley barnes. I love the colours and patterns used. The third one is a detail of the castle, the image chosen for the exhibition’s poster (as shown above). To buy a print, get in contact with the individual artist: lesleytoast[at]

    Here we have the work of laura barrett. Simple, monochrome and sensitive. To get in contact: info[at]

    Emma block’s interpretations are just charming and i want a whole book of them. Email: emmablock[at]

    Yelena bryksenkova detailed work is full of romance and a certain naivity. Utterly enchanting! Email: ybryksenkova[at]

    Natsuki otani’s illustration blew me away and that’s the one that will find itself on my walls. Email: natsuki[at]

    I did select some of my favourites here. There were also original artwork, priced much higher, but it was impossible to photograph it all.

    One of the books for sale, to accompany the exhibition, was the one here below. Hansel and gretel, filled with the most stunning see through illustrations which i hope has come across here in my photography, has now joined my library!

    Did you like any of the illustrations or maybe the book? I am off to email natsuki otani to obtain that print, what are you all up to? See you thursday and believe it or not, vive la différence is back next monday. Who is it this time i wonder? Stay tuned!