Once you get a taste for Aaron North's work, you're really hooked. North's whimsical and ultra-cheap multimedia drawings are now on display at Marika's Coffeehouse (formerly the Gift Shop) in Manitou Springs. You can read all about them in this week's paper, right here.
North works in simple pen-and-ink drawings (most pulled from his sketchbook), swiped with stripes of chalky colors and lined with a running stitch. What was once a part of diary is now dressed-up for public consumption. It's intimacy meets craftsmanship.
I happened upon North's work elsewhere just last week. I picked up a slick business card for the Drear Light, an art and design website (thedrearlight.com). On the site, you can find art and poetry books, including one made by North and site owner Garrett Dawson. It's called He & Him, about a boy with cloven hooves and deer with hands, and can be found through the site's killtheliterate.com/he_him link.
While you're there, you can also see a book created by local artist Holly Hinkle, a NocMoc darling we featured a few seasons back. (You can read it here.) Hinkle's book is devoted to her muse, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and features numerous harsh poems about Kahlo's tough life.