The books of Ed Emberley, children’s author/artist/drawing-teacher-to-millions, were a huge part of my childhood. Japanese companies have been licensing his work for a while now, putting it on all kinds of textiles, stationery, accessories, etc., including fabric yardage. I featured this fabric a while back, and now there’s a new mini-collection being sold by This and That From Japan. (Not sure of the manufacturer, though.) I managed to snag some of the Make a World print below before it sold out (at least I think it’s sold out), but the others are still available as of today.
I’ve also been thrilled to see more (and more accessible) Ed Emberley products popping up: an iPhone/iPod app Shake & Make from Night and Day Studios (the folks who also brought you Peekaboo Forest, featuring the art of Charley Harper, and My Very First App, featuring the art of Eric Carle). Also, Cloudy Collection recently released a very limited edition of letterpress prints by Emberley and “14 of his biggest fans.” Among this amazing group of artists is Heather Ross! All the prints pay tribute to Emberley in subject matter and color palette, and a portion of the proceeds go to Heifer International and the Central Asia Institute.
Lastly, you should know that Ed Emberley is on Twitter!