About the Alphabet Book
“Living Letters ABC” is my new alphabet book project. It embodies my love of typography and passion for textile design and handcrafts of Mexico. After nearly a year, it is finally complete.
This book began in August of 2017 with twenty-six doodles of letters that evolved into plush creatures. The plush letterforms were made by local artisan, Silvia Díaz of Chiapas, Mexico. She worked from my sketches, watercolors, and digital designs. As these creatures came to life, I began to post them on my Instagram. They received a lot of love and friends wanted to buy them.
So, I created a limited run of custom letters for people. Due to an overwhelming response, I did a second run. This time with a bigger vision in mind. I was going to make a complete alphabet book. So, for the second set of letters, I let friends and followers adopt a letter of the alphabet. They each received a custom letter, a thank you, and a signed copy of the book.
Silvia began to work on the entire alphabet using traditional embroidery techniques combined with my designs. I also asked for the help of my friend, Martha Meza Gúzman, to create a stitched font to use in the book. Once all of the elements were complete, I photographed each letter. I did sketches of environments for each one. Then, I created these worlds in the computer and united them with the characters to create the final illustrations.
This alphabet book brings joy to kids and adults alike. May you enjoy the wonder of this book from A-Z.
You can read more about how the book came to be here.
Buy the Book!
A portion of the profits from each book goes back to artisans in Mexico!
Softcover available on Amazon in the US shop.
Softcover Available on Blurb for US and International orders.
TIP: If you’re ordering on Blurb for the first time, use this link to get a credit on your first order.
If you would like to make a large order or a wholesale order, please contact me directly.
Gift a Book in Mexico
Giving is good. You can gift a book to an underprivileged community in Mexico. Your book will go directly to a child, family, or organization such as a library or school. I’ll even include a sticker in the front of the book with your name (if you include it on your notes in the cart), so the recipient knows who it came from.
How to Give a Book:
- BUY a book (or books) on Blurb or Amazon
- SHIP to my address: Xhico, PO Box 774, Oakdale, CA, 95361 USA
- I will collect all the books received intermittently on my return trips to California. I will personally deliver the books to a community in need. You will receive an email (if you include it in your notes in the cart) that your book has been gifted.
Show Your Support
Aside from buying a book, support in other forms goes a long way. Here are some other ways you can show your support:
Spread the Word on Social Media
Share a link to buy my book, your photos, or your other goodies to your Facebook and Instagram.
Review the Book and Give it 5 Stars
If you bought the book, take a few minutes to write a review. It’s also very helpful if you leave a star rating – 5 stars, of course!
Follow Living Letters on Instagram!
Join us on Instagram! Share your photos with your book, your letter, or one of our products. We may feature your photo on our page.