Good Wives and Warriors Illuminates an Entire Library
Coloring is an incredibly important exercise for child development. The process of filling in line drawings with color from markers, crayons, or colored pencils teaches children how to express themselves, develops motor skills, focus, and how to recognize rules (which makes it easier to decide when and where to break those rules). Most people leave coloring behind in their childhood to their own detriment. These skills, once developed to certain proficiency, can open the door to a meditation, clarity, leaving space for thought and reflection. Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell of Good Wives and Warriors are acutely aware of this, and have allowed it to inspire them in their latest round of publishing projects, including a handful of book covers and two coloring books.
“Adult colouring-in is huge now!,” exclaim Louise and Becky. “We had no idea how popular it had become. People seem to really enjoy it and feel the benefits of just zoning out and relaxing while colouring in.” The designs that Becky and Louise created for these coloring books are more complex than the pictures we’ll remember as children, which is a welcome update for the skills adults bring to the game. The ladies play with those complexities to challenge their colorers, making the experience richer. Tying in the themes of Alice in Wonderland for ‘Escape to Wonderland,’ and the holiday season with ‘Escape to Christmas Past,’ both with Penguin / Puffin Classics, makes for an experience that engage both skills and reminiscent memory.
In addition to these coloring books come four different fiction projects with clients that range from Penguin, to Random House, to Dressler. One of the things that’s so remarkable about all of these projects that Good Wives and Warriors has embarked upon the last couple months is that you can see an aesthetic through line that permeates all of the projects. A part of that comes from the fact that it’s the same creative team executing them all, and it’s also from collaboration with different clients who are looking for what it is Becky and Louise do the best. But they always start with the story. “For us, it is quite easy to stay true to the vision, the brief and the story because that is what we are researching into and referring from to create the work,” says Becky and Louise. “In a book like Alice in Wonderland, there exists a very well known illustration aesthetic already and we wanted to reference this and incorporate it into our version.” Their interpretation of all these stories is what makes every project unique, and through their experience of executing all these projects you can very soon have an entire bookshelf devoted to the work of Good Wives and Warriors.