Marian Bantjes: Love Stories Monograph

Typographer and illustrator Marian Bantjes has created a beautiful project for our Monograph series on all the people – and things – she loves…


Typographer and illustrator Marian Bantjes has created a beautiful project for our Monograph series on all the people – and things – she loves…

Monograph is our special A5 booklet for subscribers only. We’ve been publishing it for about a year now and the response has been fantastic – we won a Silver cube for it at the Art Directors Club awards this year and some people have even told us that it’s their main reason for subscribing to CR.

The idea of Monograph is to give an opportunity for imagemakers to let those cherished personal projects that they spend far too much time on see the light of day and to create a beautifully-produced piece of print that people will really value (and hopefully think that having both it and the magazine is worth taking out a subscription to CR for). So far we have mainly reproduced previously existing work and also collections of precious objects such as posters or books.

Now we want to move things on and have people create work specially for Monograph. The first of these is in this month’s issue: a remarkable series of hand-crafted images by Marian Bantjes.

Here’s how she explains the project:

“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.

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.”

And here are some of Marian’s images:


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Next month’s issue will feature fantastic, original work by Hellovon

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