Bookish art by Jeri Landers

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my mom presented me with a gift: a bookmark hand-made by a local artist. My mother frequents arts and crafts shows and she often comes away with something for me, which I greatly appreciate. It’s such a unique gift, unlike any bookmark I’ve seen, and I love it. (I’m actually planning on framing it somehow because it’s too cute to not be on display.)

 Jeri Landers (http://www.jerilanders.com/)  is the artist and she does Old World style art illustrations for children’s books, Scherenschnitte and painted paper cutting, and whimsical greeting cards. Most of her art features farm animals and has a distinctly old-timey feel to it. I especially adore the Scherenschnitte, which is the German word for scissors snipping or paper cutting. Here are some gorgeous examples from her website:

artwork by Jeri Landers

artwork by Jeri Landers

She also has photos of her beautiful gardens and renovated old home, complete with her wonderfully earthy, vintage decorations. As if this weren’t enough, I fell head over heels for her blog, Hopalong Hollow Gazette! Whimsy abounds here, with stories about the animals on her farm and fantastic photos to make you literally want to hop on over to her farm and just live amongst all the amazing creatures. This is the type of place I dream about! There are photos of some of the animals wearing bonnets…words cannot express my love for this…

Mavis Mudd - photo by Jeri Landers

Beatrix - photo by Jeri Landers

And for all of my fellow Outlander fans out there, she talks about her Scottish ancestry and many of her animals have Scottish names! (I’m getting a Fraser’s Ridge vibe, aren’t you?)

I just adore her unique artwork and the playfulness of her blog and wanted to share it with you. Please stop by her website and blog, they will surely bring a smile to your face :)

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7 comments on “Bookish art by Jeri Landers

  1. Sophia says:

    What a wonderful artist – thanks for the introduction. My parents still have some of their books from when they were children in Germany and her art reminds me of those drawings. I shall be wandering over to her blog. :)

  2. Carla says:

    Thank you for sharing this artist’s delightful website; I’ll be watching it now. I love Scherenschnitte and keep a file of examples clipped from magazines. Also have a small, specialized collection of children’s books, which are an active venue/opportunity for new and accomplished artists.

  3. Bridget says:

    Love it!! If I need a pick me up I know where to look for overall adorable-ness!

  4. Jeri Landers says:

    Thank you Bri, for the very nice write-up, I am blushing! I took your advice and ordered the Oulander book from Amazon. I am looking forward to a great adventure. Thanks! Jeri

  5. Sophia- How wonderful to be reminded of your parent’s old books! I’m sure you will enjoy her blog :)

    Carla- One of my best friends has a baby on the way and I want to start a book collection for him when he’s born, I think this will be a good place to start!

    Bridget- Those pics of her animals in bonnets are an instant pick-me-up!

    Jeri- You are so welcome! And I am very excited that you’ll be reading Outlander, you must come back and let us know if you’ve fallen for our beloved Jamie Fraser ;)

  6. Laura says:

    The bookmark is beautiful! A friend of mine hangs artistic bookmarks and book-related charms on the outside of the spine of hardcovers on her bookshelves as “book art”. Jeri’s bookmarks would be a lovely addition to her collection! Thank you so much for posting her art and a link to her site (which is beautiful).

    • That is a wonderful idea for displaying beautiful bookmarks! I was just telling someone the other day about how I adore bookmarks and have a small collection of nice ones that I covet, but that I don’t know anyone else who really appreciates them (although after that post of Jeri’s work, I’ve since met a few other people who do!).

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