I don't know how many years it's been since I received my first promotion from illustrator Judith Moffatt. I know that I lived in Indiana at the time and was art director of a children's magazine there. It spent lots of time hanging from my bulletin board and then it traveled with me to my next job. Such a simple idea—a cut paper spider as Halloween card but also very clever in that it fit perfectly with her name (Muffet - Moffatt, get it?). Anyway, it wasn't long after I received it before I called to give her that first assignment. And I still have the card!
Mostly I didn't get the chance to meet the illustrators I worked with in person, but I did get to meet Judy at a function hosted by the next magazine I worked for. She's as delightful in person as she is on the phone. But the point of this post isn't to reminisce about my past life as an art director; maybe some other time.
I've been reading Judy's blog regularly but only recently got back in touch with her on Facebook. And she's just opened an Etsy shop where she's selling original hand cut paper ACEOs. In case you don't know (and I didn't) ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. These cards measure 2.5” x 3.5” and are sold as originals or limited edition prints. Each one is a mini work of art (one-of-a-kind, dated, and signed) and Judy's themes are taken from the more than 50 books she's completed during her career. I especially love her illustrations of animals and I know she uses her own cat and dog as models.
So, if you're looking for something unique and fun, check out her shop. I've seen Judy's work up close and you won't be disappointed—it really is wonderful!