The wonderful dinosaurs

We at Kuvva are very fond of Dahlov Ipcar‘s picture book The Wonderful Egg for two reasons: the amazing illustration and the magnificent dinosaurs.

Dahlov Ipcar herself is a wonderful author and artist

The book was first published in 1958 using traditional printing techniques, and reprinted in 2014 by Flying Eye Books, Nobrow Press‘ new children’s book imprint. As Dahlov Ipcar’s original lithographic plates were lost, Flying Eye Books have worked hard to faithfully restore and reproduce the quality of the original art. It was a meticulous labour to bring the book back to life to delight a new generation of readers.

The restorers have painstakingly picked out the layers of spot colour and re-mastered each brush stroke while keeping the integrity of the line.

The Wonderful Egg takes us back to a prehistoric world with giant creatures soaring, swimming and thundering through the green jungles. With the work of Flying Eye Books, we get to witness the marvellous resurrection of not only the illustrations but also of the dinosaurs. We love them for their diverse sizes, interesting shapes and features. Not long ago we had an exhibition called Feathers in honour of these animals who once dominated the Earth. You can still see the exhibited artworks and own one on Kuvva gallery’s web-shop.

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Still can’t get enough dinosaurs? Let us show you a trick to get some more: head straight to the website vogue.co.uk and press this sequence on your keyboard: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. If you do it right, one dinosaur wearing a stylish hat will appear. And if you keep pressing A, there will be more dinosaurs coming up with different hats for you to see. Have fun!

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