Launching today, Thursday 7th January, The Colour of Love - an adult colouring book by our artist SUZY TAYLOR. Published by Quarto's imprint Kinkajou Books, we are delighted to announce news of this ingenious colouring book which gives people the option to create words with tear-out pages of letters in a choice of three fonts. Pre-sales have been excellent and with three foreign editions already in print (USA, Finland, and Norway) we are looking forward to seeing how people colour in Suzy's beautiful designs.
Suzy says "This project was certainly a challenge - mostly because of the timing actually. It came along just as we were planning a family relocation from London to Devon - in fact the deadline was the week of the move! The process for each letter was a long one - each letter was hand-drawn in pencil and then scanned into Adobe Illustrator and retraced on my drawing tablet. Initially the idea was to create one alphabet, but it soon evolved to three alphabets in three different fonts - plus ampersands, exclamation marks and a heart. I think in total it was 85 hand-drawn pieces - a BIG assignment! I had to be very methodical and set myself a minimum of 2 designs per day as a realistic target. Seeing the end result and finished product is fantastic and makes it totally worthwhile. The quality of the paper is amazing and it looks really different to some of the other colouring books out there - so I’m really excited to see how it sells. People have been contacting me via Facebook to let me know that their pre-ordered Amazon copies have already arrived and they love it - that’s such a great feeling! I can’t wait to see it on the shelves in store".
Suzy with her family in Devon, Y from 'The Colour of Love', Suzy's Instagram Artist Takeover this week
Suzy Taylor is best known for her work as a papercutting artist. Suzy's work combines her love of folk art with a passion for tiny details. In fact, the more detail there is, the happier she is! She hand-draws each of her pieces with meticulous detail. A customer at an art exhibition, on closer inspection of her papercuts, suggested she might be "a bit bonkers!", and she commented, "I suppose when it comes to my papercutting, he must have been right. But I love working this way, it's totally absorbing and I can get lost in it for hours". Suzy's intricate designs are perfect for colouring in and The Colour of Love is the first of such titles by her.
"The Colour of LOVE is a coloring pad featuring a black and white letter to color on each of its seventy pages. Each black and white letter is intricately designed with flowers and birds. Both calming and therapeutic, this unique format offers an additional purpose: pages can be removed to spell out words and make banners. The letters and symbols included in the book can form specific words and messages, or mavericks can make their own words if they choose to go off message. Example words to form: PEACE HOPE HAPPY BIRTHDAY! OMG LOVE I (HEART) YOU" Kinkajou Books - Foyles Booksellers
Suzy has very recently started working on a new range of surface pattern designs which quickly attracted interest from UK publisher Museums & Galleries who have already published her 'Dragonflies' design as a new Gift-wrap design for 2016.