You already know Louise Lockhart, you actually know her very well. The name might not ring a bell and you might not know this pretty face, but trust me, you have seen her work all over the internet, in all good stationers, popping up in your Instagram feed and on the covers of none but the coolest magazines.
She makes the work you wish you made. She designs and illustrates in a way that makes you want to seize a roller and become a printmaker. Her work is reminiscent of Eric Ravilious, but through a joyful 1960s Technicolor telescope. Can you tell we are her biggest fans yet?
You have most definitely been acquainted with her first book, the quirky concertina book Up My Street depicting a romantic notion of a 1930’s high street and she is now preparing to launch her second, more substantial publication; Playing with Food. Proudly labeled ‘an activity book’ – and well, she’s not kidding. Just flick through the first few pages and prepare to make involuntary gasps of joy.
It’s a hefty release, making its precursor seem like a delightful amuse bouche in comparison. Now Lockhart has fully opened the doors to her world and welcomed us in to an abundance of brilliant ideas, which are executed through beautiful designs all in one chunky volume. But it’s not all just pretty pictures; what informs all of these arresting illustrations are ideas for children to engage with food in creative and positive ways and she does this with such easy humour and charm.
We don’t know what we love more; the fact that we can draw our own picnic, print with cauliflower, list our favourite sandwiches or learn about important things like getting our five a day.
For the retail price of £12.95 we feel this is also a lot of bang for your buck. Pair this book with a pack of crayons and this would make a blinding gift for the little person in your life.
We challenge you not to be cheered up by a quick flick through these pages; after all, you’re never too old to have fun and be healthy!
We hope you enjoyed this book review and getting to know Louise Lockhart. Do yourself a favour and head over to her webshop, The Printed Peanut, to stock up on loads of lovely things, follow her on Instagram, and just enjoy the gentle flow of Louise Lockhart in your life. Her work guarantees cheer!