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Today we are featuring the artwork and adorable animals of illustrator, Leanna Crossan. Leanna is one of the exhibiting artists in the Animystics Exhibition, and has created a Talphen (feathered deer creature) who has the unique abilities to provide clarity and vision in times of trouble.
You can check out the full blogpost on the Light Grey Blog.
You can also see her work on the Light Grey Shop. Proceeds from this artist will go towards Feline Rescue Inc.
You can also see more of Leanna’s work on her website here.
That sounds like the BEST aesthetic ever oh my goSH
It’s an AMAZING aesthetic thank u for appreciating my taste. My little sister is all “My roommate and I got matching duvets and they are teal and yellow and grey and all our decorations are gonna be the same colors!!!” and I’m over here like “if I get the dirt cheap coffee table I can use the extra money I budgeted for a coffee table to get a salt shaker shaped like a mermaid. What do you mean “does it match any of the other kitchen stuff you have?” it will look FINE anyway check out this set of kitchen towels with roosters on them i got for $1.50.”
pretty sure my apartment’s aesthetic is going to be “practical yet mystical and adventurous mythical creature on a budget”
By Aisha Saeed
I love Barnes and Noble. It’s a great place to escape the heat, grab a delicious triple chunk chocolate chip cookie for the kids, iced coffee for me, and grab a chair by the train and lego tables for the kids to amuse themselves while I figure out which books I want.
The other day I went to Barnes and Noble. We got there ten minutes before storytime began and as we walked to the kid’s area, I saw this adorning it’s entrance:
For a split second I felt like the air had been sucked out of my lungs. But in the best way. I took a picture of it and then, I pulled every book off the shelf. I sat and read them with my kids. In a Barnes and Noble, with my two boys, we turned pages of a beautifully illustrated book with golden domes and red prayer rugs.
We admired the Islamic Art in this coloring book.
And explored Under A Ramadan Moon.
I browsed their shelves for more such books but that was it. Those four books were their entire stock. I had planned to buy all of them but then they would no longer have that display, the one that stopped me in my tracks, so my boys chose two.
I posted the Ramadan display on twitter. To date its gotten the most retweets, favorites, and interaction than anything I have ever posted. People told me the picture prompted them to go to their own Barnes and Noble. Their own independents. And everyone, without exception, reported the same thing: Their bookstores had no display. Their bookstores had no Ramadan books. I saw this myself today when I went to a different bookstore with a friend today and asked for a book, any book on Ramadan, and came up empty.
On the drive home I called my original Barnes and Noble to ask them to hold the remaining two books for me to buy. You liked the display? the person on the phone asked, I organized that display. We talked for twenty minutes. Jennifer told me the display was her idea because she wanted to celebrate diversity and with Ramadan around the corner this was a good opportunity. She said the display was not an easy task because there are so many beautiful books on Ramadan and Eid but most are fast going out of print. This is why they ordered so few.
But now I’ve sold them out. I bought their entire stock. Four books.
Because of that, they’re ordering more.
I told Jennifer how much that display meant to me. I told her that I grew up my entire life in the United States, I went to bookstores like a candy addict visits a candy store but this was the first time I saw such a display. I told her that seeing my boys see that display, to sit in a bookstore and read about Mecca and prayer rugs—- that silent message was more than anything I could ever tell them. It was a powerful message. Their faith is not just behind closed doors to be kept secret because it is disliked by many. Their identities were not relegated to the four walls of their house. This display told their tender young selves that they are seen. They are recognized. They matter.
As Muslims we belong to not only a marginalized group in the United States, we belong to a group many around the world wish didn’t exist at all. By some we are hated desperately in a way that sends fear down my spine. It’s an uncomfortable truth to live in, but it’s the truth all the same and people who promote books with neutral and ordinary images of Muslims get push back like this shockingly angry review by a notable reviewer on a picture book of the Prophet. And like the angry response Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns got when someone decided to include it in their book fair.
That’s why I’m writing this post. If we love books. If we love bookstores. If we want our kids to have Ramadan books and if we want people outside to understand our ordinary every day lives and the holidays we cherish:We have to support these books.
- If the bookstore carries the book buy the book.
- If they don’t carry the book. Ask them to order it.
- Visit your local library and ask them to order some titles, you’ll be surprised how many amazing librarians will order the books if you ask them.
- Ask your library if they want to set up a Ramadan display. Tell them you’ll help.
The books I bought will be cherished parts of my collection at home. Today we’re going shopping to make a Ramadan table for the kids. Decorated with holiday themed displays and with these books proudly displayed.
But I want these books not just for my kids, I want them for every kid. We may not encounter a person different from us in our daily busy lives, but we can learn about them between the pages of a book and in that instance any other-izing or dehumanizing of a race or a faith that media and adults may try to do- vanishes.
Yes, books are that powerful.
And as Ramadan fast approaches this is my plea to you:
- Consider these books for your Eid gifts this year.
- Give them to your kids.
- Give them to your friend’s kids, your nephews and grandkids.
- Donate it to the library
We make change one person at a time. Each person’s contribution to this matters— if one library stocks one book it reaches so many children and the ripple effect may be unknowable but it is there all the same. if we want to see our books in print we have to support the ones that are to stay there so we can live in a world where our children don’t have to be told they belong, they know they are.
"mass murder is empowering for women b/c traditionally men have been the ones to commit mass murder"
this is the logic under which some people in this world function