Love Stories

In a body of work created especially for Monograph, Canadian illustrator and designer Marian Bantjes created a series of love stories about the important people in her life

While I have made a few personal art pieces for friends’ birthdays or other presents, I have been wanting to make more detailed ‘stories’ about the people who are close to me. This is, alas, the type of thing that can sit on a wish list for a long time. So when the opportunity to create something for the Creative Review Monograph came up, I decided this was as good a time as any to give a little something to the people–and things–I love.

Most of these are hand drawn or painted, as it always feels more intimate to me to work by hand. As well, there is one final original piece that I can give away. Except for the cake. I ate that, pretty much by myself. And I have not yet decided if I should bestow that special piece on my dentist. I’m actually more fond of the painting than the man, so I think I’ll keep our relationship professional–I don’t really like going to see him anyway. I mean I like seeing him, it’s just … you-know, he’s a dentist.

Of course there are many missing; for people and things. But I only had this many pages, and not much time (my own fault, I already got one dead­line extension). I created all 14 pieces (and a couple more which I rejected) between June 5 and 22nd, 2008, and I was really exhausted. And my drawing hand hurt. So those who were missed, I hope they know I still love them, and will catch them the next time.

With special love to my house which really deserved and did not get a page. House, you are so on my mind, and I love you so much, and I apologize for making such a mess of you over the past few weeks. I will fix everything and make it up to you, I promise.


Marian Bantjes



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