I mentioned in yesterday's book review that I would showcase a gallery wall of prints and illustrations inspired by Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and here it is! If you haven't had a chance to check out my review for this book, consider reading it to see if it is a book for you.
I've been brainstorming a list of ideas for the direction I plan to take this blog once my summer vacation comes to an end and one of the many brilliant ideas from the brainstormed list is a gallery wall printables. In essence, the gallery wall collections will contain original prints and illustrations designed by me that are inspired by the words and characters I encounter with each great book I read. Instead of random prints corresponding to each book an over-arching theme, whether it be color, design, or style, will determine the cohesiveness of each collection. I'm excited to see where this new design process will take me as I continue to be inspired by beautiful pieces of literature.
The Life of a Part-Time Indian Collection
Each print in The Life of a Part-Time Indian Collection is inspired by some aspect of Junior's life. All you need to do is just click on links to download the free prints. Be sure to use the hashtag #whisperingwordsdesign to show off your new gallery walls. I'd love to see how Sherman Alexie's story further inspires others.
Indian B&W Print // The culture of the Spokane Indians is a large part of Junior. While he may seem like a traitor for turning his back on some of their customs, he still is and always will be part Indian. He won't let it be "beaten out" of him like many of his ancestors. Size 4x6
American Flag // The teachers on the rez were commissioned with the task to kill the Indian culture in the students as a way to make them more American. I choose to design this American flag because it represents Junior fights to conform to the standards of what's expected of him as well as represent his quest to find hope away from the rez. Size 5x7
Black Triangles // The rows of triangles represent all the darkness he has to overcome in his life: death, poverty, alcoholism, broken relationships. Size 5x7
Alphabet Chart // Junior is a book kisser. That's right, he loves to read books so much that he labels himself as a book kisser. I think it's highly intelligent and a bit romantic. I decided to create a print that represents his passion by showcasing the alphabet, which is used to create all the words, sentences, and paragraphs in the books he loves to read. Size 8x10
Spirit Bear // Death surrounds Junior on the rez. The bear represents all the loved ones that are roaming around in the afterlife. Size 5x7
Catcher of Dreams // Junior wants more from life then what is expected of him. He is not alone in his dreams as many of us leave our birthplace in search of finding our dreams. Size 5x7
New Path // Marked as a traitor for leaving the rez, Junior forges through the difficult path before him and ends up finding his identity and a whole lot of self-confidence. Size 5x7
Two Cultures // Can he be both Indian and American? Does one culture need to overpower the other? In the end Junior realizes he can belong to any tribe he wants whether it be the tribe of Spokane Indians, the tribe of American immigrants, the tribe of bookworms, the tribe of tortilla chips-and-salsa lovers, the tribe of small-town kids. Size 4x6
The Colors of the Wind Collection
These illustrations received their name because of the color palette used in the design. While I probably could come up with more concrete connections to the book, these prints simply represent Junior's Spokane Indian culture. All three illustrations are sized 5x7.