I am, quite understandably, easily seduced by the work of many contemporary illustrators, but I am sure that it will be more than a passing fling when it comes to my adoration of the work of British illustrator Carolyn Alexander. And there are a number of reasons why this is the case. Firstly, her work is a real treat for the eyes and incorporates gorgeously intricate detail and quirky narratives. Secondly, Alexander lives in the French Alps and uses her experiences learning the French language and adjusting to French culture as inspiration for her pieces. Thirdly, she gave up smoking in one of the most imaginative and interesting ways that I have encountered. Finally, she possesses a most delightful and witty sense of humour that infuses her illustrations with yet another layer of charm.
Exploring her portfolio provides the opportunity to not only giggle at her très drôle Haughty Bitches series, but also to brush up on French verbs by studying her black and white typographical series, which is aptly titled Ne Parle Pas Francais. In truth, Alexander’s illustrations can be neatly summed up in one word: magnifique!