Over the weekend I was browsing through Jillian Tamaki’s work and came across these illustrations she did for Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market and Selected Poems. I’m not personally familiar with the story, but it sounds like something I’d love. Here’s an overview from Folio Society:
First published in 1862, ‘Goblin Market’ is an extended poem about two young sisters who hear goblin merchants hawking their wares. Lizzie urges caution (‘Their offers should not charm us,/Their evil gifts would harm us’) but Laura eats the forbidden fruit and falls into a frenzy, then a decline from which her sister must save her. Considered shocking in its day, it is one of the most beguiling ‘fairy tales’ in the language.
I love how Jillian is able to capture this feminine idea of magic. There’s this strong sense of femininity in her work but it’s not girly, and most of the time she does some really beautiful experimentation that takes her work to a whole new level. For example the second piece from the top is an illustration for the poem Passing and Glassing. It seems like a rather straightforward image but it’s rather abstract if you only pay attention to their dresses and ignore their hands and heads. Their dresses are inky swathes of color that have been intricately be-speckled.
You can grab yourself a copy of the book by clicking here.