Kathy De Wit is a wonderful artist that I found on THEY DRAW & COOK, a site where artists submit their recipe illustrations. Not only was her recipe, Andean Rice with Drops of Gold, unusual but her beautiful illustration caught my eye immediately. It was of a young Andean woman with her baby on her back, both with long flowing braids and vibrant colors. A large wooden spoon adding the ingredients in to her big metal pot. To top it all off an excellent Inca wall with the recipe scrolled upon it. This drawing brought back wonderful memories of my visits to the Andes of Peru, I just had to find out more about this artist.
I clicked on her blog which was listed below her artwork and there I found out to my surprise that she wasn't Peruvian at all but was from Belgium. She had traveled to Peru where she had fallen in love with the Andes. Her cherished memories of her time there are an inspiration for many of her drawings. On her blog I saw a picture of the colorful recipe illustration made into a bookmark and searched high and low on her site to find out how to purchase one.
I did find a cotton shop where she sells pillows, napkins and aprons with her beautiful art work but no bookmark. So I decided to contact her through her blog. I'm happy to say not only was I able to order the delightful bookmark but also another lovely drawing of a dreaming woman with the Andes. The package arrived so nicely decorated and wrapped I hated to open it but I was anxious to see my bookmark. It was more than I expected, it's large size, fine textured paper and elegant ribbon.
I had originally planned to use it in my The Art of Peruvian Cuisine recipe book (like Kathy uses pictured in her blog) but I could already imagine it getting dirty while I was cooking away and decided instead I would display it . Now I am a follower of Kathy's blog and looking forward to her opening a shop on Etsy very soon. I will keep you posted. To see Kathy's portfolio click HERE. To visit her blog click HERE
Gracias Kathy ♥