Joella Skilleter, Designed to Flourish Magazine’s cover artist, releases her first book. Shop Stories: An Exploration of Emporiums, Haberdasheries, Markets and Mercantiles presents the prospect of venturing beyond the bell-adorned front door of shops to see the life that bustles inside. This collection of vignettes from around the globe paints both a literal and literary picture. Each chapter is illustrated with beautiful watercolor and ink paintings, inviting the reader past the exterior into the descriptive language of the interior. Ink sketches hint of treasures found within each story. Her hope is that you are inspired by this exploration to look with fresh eyes at the world around.
“These stories grew as I reflected on my adventures and insights I gained about cultures, values, and how people interact in community. These shops are not grand enterprises, but have somehow made their way into my heart,” she said. Her book is full of original art. ” The paintings of storefronts and sketched objects are humble images, reminding me of my travel journals. The time and distance since I last visited have watercolored my memory and so I have retold these reminisces, hoping that you will be charmed, as my memories are charmed, by places that may now only exist in my imagination.”
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