Parnassus Books is happy to welcome Leslie Haines author of Animal ABECEDARY.
This original animal alphabet series with its sophisticated imagery was created to appeal to adults but children delight in it as well. The book explores unusual imagery juxtapositions pairing alphabet letters with animals and unexpected objects beginning with that same letter. The series started when artist Leslie Haines discovered a human-faced walrus in an old engraving book. She was so drawn to that image that she felt inspired to create a visual story with the walrus as the central figure. The cicada-carrying cat was next, and from there, the rest of the alphabet was not far behind. Letterpress type, vintage engravings, original drawings, found objects, photography, and old book pages all mix together in collages that reveal original, inventive, and humorous scenarios. Animal Abecedary is truly a one-of-a-kind alphabet book that will bring hours of enjoyment and discovery to all ages.
Raised an art lover in upstate New York, Leslie Haines has been a graphic designer for over 30 years. She has worked with such clients as MakerWear/Target, Burger King, Gannett, and MTG/Kenney Chesney. Non-profit clients include Nashville Cares, World Relief Fund and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition. For the last 17 years in Nashville she has reveled in the life of a college professor, currently teaching Visual Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. Ms. Haines’ “Animal Abecedary” series of digital collages has exhibited at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville International Airport, and an international exhibition in Cairns, Queensland Australia. Her current project, called “The Real Wonder Women”, is a series of empowering portraits of breast cancer survivors in partnership with the YMCA’s After Breast Cancer (ABC) program. Ms. Haines hopes to use her artwork to raise awareness and as a fundraiser for the valuable program.