I did the latter, though I wanted to do the former.
Print and Pattern for Kids is essentially a compendium of children's illustrators (books, decor, textiles, stationery, magazines, websites, etc) from around the world. It's beyond heaven for anyone who adores illustration for kids, let alone stunning illustration and pattern.
Compiled, edited and written up by artist Marie Perkins, the book is a beautifully-produced, 304-page tome of visual glory, featuring each artist in alphabetical order.
Entries vary in size, depending on the artist, and include art samples, bio, website and contact details. We're treated to each artist's favourite illustrators and design heroes, and the author also provides notes on many of the illustrations, making this a complete feast of visual design.
Be sure to set aside a full afternoon of delight with this book--and be prepared to dip into it frequently for a tasty eye-snack or twenty. For now, this is taking pride of place on my desk so I can dip in at whim and come away totally inspired.
Title: Print and Pattern for Kids
Author/Editor: Marie Perkins
Publisher: Laurence King, $39.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2013
For ages: Adult