This week I read the book Important Artifacts and Personal Property... by Leanne Shapton (published 2009). I found it to be the most enjoyable novel I've read in a long time- I think because of its unique format and style. I think it's a subtle, intriguing and romantic graphic novel.
The book is made up of many photographs of items that are relics of the relationship between a NYC couple, Lenore and Hal. It includes three (I think) Valentine's Day menus hand-drawn by Lenore herself, and I loved the style of these and of the cards and letters from her throughout the book. When I was finished reading it I found these textile designs by Leanne Shapton which furthur play on that idea of simple, hand-painted motifs.
I needed some new stationery so I made these simple cards inspired by Lenore's designs. I started with some old-fashioned index cards, the type with pinkish and light blue lines and used watercolour paints.