Paperblanks Tracy Walker's Animal Friends - Mother Robin 5 YEAR SNAPSHOT Journal
Tracy Walker's Animal Friends
A mother robin and her child receive vivid homage here in an image by Canadian artist Tracy Walker. Her work combines a folk-art naiveté with a timeless mid-century feel, as well as wondrous detail that is sure to elicit smiles upon closer inspection. Here is art that shows just how profound charm can be.
- Original Art: Illustration by Tracy Walker
- Era: Contemporary
- Region: Ontario, Canada
Following an earlier Paperblanks release featuring the imagery of British Columbia artist Alistair Bell, we have ventured further into the realm of Canadian art with this Tracy Walker’s Animal Friends series. This collection also expands our lineup of playful designs with a sweet charm in the tradition of our Laurel Burch, Mila Marquis and Wonder & Imagination covers.
From the moment she moved to Canada from England as a child, Tracy Walker was smitten with the natural world. In an interview with our Endpaper Blog, Ms. Walker acknowledged that being creative has always been essential to her. Luckily, she had her parents’ and teachers’ support in shaping her professional life around her two passions of nature and art. Trained as an artist, illustrator and graphic designer, she has a steadily growing list of works commissioned by those attracted to using her alluring visual language as a means of communicating their message.
Living in Uxbridge, Ontario, which is officially designated as the Trail Capital of Canada, Tracy blends nature motifs with symbols, icons and simplified shapes largely characteristic of 20th-century art. Her distinctive style shows through in all her creations, be it her whimsical illustrations, product labels, papercuts or shadowboxes.
The artist is no stranger to book design herself, having spent one leg of her creative journey working in the field. In this case, however, we sought to collaborate with Tracy as we particularly admired her unique portrayals of the animal world.
This sweet yet classic rendering of a pair of robins is a great example of her unique style. The plucky robin has a place in the mythologies of both the Old World and the New, and we are glad to include Tracy’s rendition of this bird in our Paperblanks collection.
- Smyth Sewn Binding
- Decorative printed cover paper
- FSC-certified text paper
- Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
- Acid-free sustainable forest paper
- 100% recycled binder boards