BOOKS WE LOVE: Bjørn Wiinblad's "Mukkerla's"

I was kind of thrilled when I found out that the very iconic and beloved Danish designer and artist, Bjørn Wiinblad, did also illustrate and write a children's book. Bjørn Wiinblad is part of most Danish homes in one way or another - represented by some of his popular ceramic designs, a poster or some textiles. I remember how much I loved his plates and cups when I was a child - objects for endless study and scrutiny with their many tiny details, flowers and curlicues. I'm sure that Bjørn Wiinblad conciously decided to ignore the real world around him to create this flourishing and happy universe of his own - so good to diassapear a bit in for the rest of us. 

The book entitled "Mukkerla's ude i skoven" ["Mukkerla's in the forest] is drawn and written in 1945 for Wiinblad's nephew, Muk. The story is very simple and the clue that makes it something speciel is - besides Wiinblad's illustrations - that it's a story within a story. It begins with a blank page and for each page Wiinblad adds more and more details to create a forest scene with the boy Mukkerla's surrounded by grass, flowers, trees, deers, birds and a couple of foxes. At the moment the drawing is finished some intruders trespass the picture - a very noisy and polluting family not used to be in the forest. Element by element the noisy family destroyes the perfect image and we end up where we started with a blank page. 

Molly, 3 years, loves this story - she studies the images and tells me the story over and over again. I see this little story as a picture of Wiinblad himself - creating a perfect and harmonous universe, but always well aware of another reality just beside it. 

Happy September reading - Inger Marie //

"Mukkerla's ude i skoven" is republished by the Danish Museum of Modern Art Arken in the context of their Bjørn Wiinblad exhibition, 2015, ISBN: 978-8-7787-5105-8