Saturday, March 20, 2010

Meet Crowster Buttonbird...

I have fun news to share! There is a beautiful, new magazine debuting right now from the talented folks at Stampington & Company! It's called Prims, and features art inspired by a bygone era. Last fall, their managing editor contacted me and asked if I would like to submit a piece that encompassed the look of primitive elegance. Thrilled at the challenge, I said yes! What resulted was a fun character that I named Crowster Buttonbird. After he came to life, I wrote a whimsical poem depicting his personification and they published that too! I am very grateful to have my folk art and poetry included within this premier issue! . . . . . . .

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Prims ~ The Art of Primitive Dolls ~ 2010

Here's a peek at my feature which can be found on the Last Page of Prims! (It's easy to find for me as I oddly flip from back to front with every magazine I pick up... Anyone else do this? ) I must say, this is a beautiful publication. There are many wonderful works of art by fellow folk artists, and each creation is lovingly presented in a way that spotlights each creator's masterwork. It reminds me of an inspirational walk through a gallery. See for yourself, and order your copy today!

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"A Whimsical Rhyme of a Crowster Buttonbird" ~ a peek at the poem I wrote to describe my creative process in bringing this fun crow character to life. I was asked to write an essay that personified my standing crow, and quickly that essay began to rhyme...

Crowster-Buttonbird

Here, a photo of Crowster Buttonbird that I took before his big journey to meet the editors of Prims. I know he would look great right here at home, but I'm also considering putting him up for adoption on eBay once he returns in April. If you're interested in taking part in that auction, please email me to join my e-mailing list. I'll keep you posted on my decision! ENJOY, and go get your copy today....

~ Johanna

Magazine images, Copyright 2010 by Stampington & Company, LLC

13 comments:

Michael said...

Oh goodness! HOW ADORABLE! You should keep him!! And keep the poem with him! And his debut in the mag!

Johanna Parker said...

I know Michael ~ part of me does want to keep him! :) Hmmmmmmm......


Glad you like him!
~ Johanna

just me said...

i wish i could get a copy today!!! it doesnt come out until april 1 for all the rest of us!!! i will be at the store bright and early, congrats on being in the premiere issue. crowster is wonderful.

Sarah said...

Your bird is wonderful. As for the method of reading magazines. This is something we have discussed while sitting around the table at the antique mall! You are not alone. There are also some of us who look at the front cover, then turn the magazine over to look at the back cover before opening up the front page. This is the kind of knowledge that will be filed away in your brain when nothing else sticks...

Johanna Parker said...

Thank you! :)

And Sarah ~ it's good to know I'm not alone in flipping backwards through magazines!.... For some reason, even though I am right handed, it feels more comfortable to flip the pages from back to front with my left. And if something catches my eye, I stop the flipping and start from the beginning of the feature.

Interesting......

~ Johanna

Faerie Moon Creations said...

He is really fantastic!!! And how lovely that the editors included your poem, as well. I had heard the the Prim magazine would be released, and now I shall definitely have to get a copy. Many congratulations to you! Theresa

Kitty Forseth said...

He's AWESOME! Congrats! You and the rest of our pals are going to bankrupt me buying the magazines, hee hee. I love all the Stampington pubs, so beautiful Can't wait to buy mine!

Linda said...

Hi Johanna,Congratulations, Hes wonderful too.
Its a great publishing house, every publication of theirs is a treat.
Me too, back to front, After reading a lot of weighty books with very unhappy endings, I even started to read loosely the last page of novels too, as I didn't want to invest all those hours to be made unhappy at the end. :) silly me. Linda

Anonymous said...

OH I just love him!! You can send him here:) I love your profile bunny to. Will you be making more? elma

Johanna Parker said...

Thanks for the congrats my friends :) These publications are a real treat!

Linda - good idea to quickly peek at the end of a novel before committing to the long read.... Happy endings are much better than a last page downer! hah!

Elma - well, I've had quite a few folks inquire about the Halloween bunnies - so perhaps I'll make a few more this year... fingers crossed!

~ Johanna

Melissa Fischer said...

That's funny- I flip from back to front when I look at a magazine! Congratulations on your piece in the new magazine- what a great piece!

Shirley Hudson said...

Oh, he is sooooo cool! I can't wait to get that magazine....all the stampington magazines are such high quality mags, so inspiring, and total eye candy! I love your designs....Halloween is always near and dear to my heart. I love to design Halloween patterns...all year round!
Thanks for all your stories!

Shirley
Hudson's Holidays
http://www.Hudsonsholidays.blogspot.com

Camille Short said...

I am in love with this little guy! Way to go! Just too cute!