Sunday, December 12, 2010

Who's That Mori Girl? Tasha Tudor

This is the first post of another new segment exploring the lives and work of un-proclaimed mori girls. This edition's figure is Tasha Tudor

Tudor was born in Boston, Massachusetts as Starling Burgess on August 28, 1915. As an American illustrator and author, her children's books feature simple and often rhyming text accompanied by detailed and realistic drawings with soft colors. Text and pictures are often bordered by intricate details such as flowers, birds or other charming objects and animals.
Tudor is also well known for her expansive garden, many pets, most notably a small heard of Corgis. She was quite adept at 'Heirloom Crafts', though she detested the term, including candle dipping, weaving, soap making, doll making and knitting. She lived without running water until her youngest child was five years old.  

From a young age Tasha Tudor was interested in the home arts. She excelled in cooking, canning, cheese-making, ice cream making and many other home skills. As anyone who has eaten at Tasha Tudor's would know, her cooking skills were unsurpassed. She collected eggs from her chickens in the evenings, cooked and baked with fresh goats milk, and used only fresh or dried herbs from her garden. Tasha Tudor was renowned for her Afternoon Tea parties.

Once summer arrives, Tasha Tudor would always leave her art table to spend the season tending her large, beautiful  garden which surrounds her home.

 Many of her books are printed in foreign languages and distributed around the world.  She also created thousand of Christmas cards, Advent calendars, valentines, posters, and other works throughout her 70 year career.  

Tudor's masterful cultivation of her garden, delicate wardrobe and love of animals and illustration earn her status as an honorary mori girl.

Titles written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor include the following:
  • Pumpkin Moonshine
  • A Tale for Easter
  • Snow before Christmas
  • Thistly B
  • The Dolls' Christmas
  • Edgar Allan Crow
  • Amanda and the Bear
  • A is for Annabelle
  • 1 is One
  • A Time to Keep
  • Corgiville Fair
  • Tasha Tudor's Seasons of Delight
  • The Great Corgiville Kidnapping
Titles illustrated by Tasha Tudor include the following:
  • The Wind in the Willows, 1966, World Publishing
  • Wings from the Wind, 1964, J. B. Lippincott
  • A Basket of Herbs, 1983, Stephen Greene Press
  • The Night Before Christmas, 1975, Rand McNally & Company
  • The Secret Garden, 1962, Harper & Row Publishers
  • A Little Princess, 1963, HarperCollins Publishers
  • A Child's Garden of Verses, 1947, Henry Z. Walck, Inc.

 More information about Tudor and items available for purchase can be founder here.

If you are interested in illustration, why not keep your own sketch or study journal? sketch leaves, berries, animals, anything you wish!