The first time I encountered Camilla Engman was when I was writing an article about the Göteborg International Film Festival. Camilla had done the artwork for the poster and I was immediately enchanted and enamored with her work.
I soon found out that I was late to the party and that everyone I knew practically had heard of her. Shortly, thereafter, I had the pleasure of adding her artwork to my google page and running across her blog. Now a daily read,Camilla has impacted the discovery of my own artistic side through her use of paper,photography,ceramics,walking,traveling, and the life she shares with her little dog moran.
So when I was asked the question,"What do you what for Jul?" The first thing out of my mouth and emails were "The new Camilla Engman" book.
So it came yesterday and I spent the afternoon with Camilla, delighting in her art process. What impressed me the most was the philosophy of sharing a creative life. It doesn't stand apart from us but she has included us in it. She has experimented with everything from stuffed animals, to paper cutting, collage making,ceramics, drawing, painting and combining many of these mediums to create her art. Her great love though is drawing.I've seen how her art has unfolded and evolved through the last years on her blog. She shares in her book how her creative living came to be and the one thing that I greatly appreciate is her desire to inspire us. This she has done with success.
In this lovely little book she has included a post-card, a luggage tag, and this fun little glassine envelope filled with postcards which we can make our very own collages with. One of my favorite additions is the small book about her dog Moran , who leads a very imaginative life of his own.