Alanna Cavanagh

alanna cavanagh

alanna cavanagh

I found Toronto based artist Alanna Cavanagh through one of my favourite blogs, Ill Seen, Ill Said. Her screen printed Penguin Books book covers have such an authentic vintage feel that I was immediately drawn to them and wanted to see more. In addition to A Room Of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, she has also printed Watching Birds by James Fisher and The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism & Fascism by Bernard Shaw in the same style. Beyond screen printing and illustrating them, she applies a technique that gives the prints an aged quality, so in the end, they resemble more your favourite well-worn book covers than clean and bright newly printed screen prints.

Alanna works as an illustrator, screen printer and typographer. Her work has been featured in Canadian House & Home, Uppercase magazine, The Globe & Mail, and many other online and print publications. Currently you can purchase her prints at Hollace Cluny, 1070 Yonge Street, Toronto.

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Be sure to check out Alanna's website as well as her lovely blog too.

Have a great Tuesday!

(photo: Alanna Cavanagh)


  1. I love the vintage-ness (not a word, I know) of the penguin book poster. Really pretty. I give kudos to those who can make something of their art...you included Bessaroo.

    P.S. Husband bought me the Canada mitts...be jealous please.

  2. Oh, Bess! Where to start? Don't know how I ever missed these over at Ill Seen Ill Said? I'm all for Canadian fabulosity! And, as a trained printmaker and silkscreener it inspires to ask myself more deeply why I continue to work at something other than what I love. (Your biz posts are another source of inspiration!)

    Anyway, a delicious, lovely, and inspiring post!


  3. @Linda: vintage-y-ness is also not a word, but I use much more often than I'd like to admit. And, yes, I am jealous!!

    @Uncle Beefy: I'm so glad you liked them! Her work is so inspiring to me too. thanks :)

  4. ever since i was young i have loved the penguin logo and the book covers and the faded shades.

  5. @Ama: you've always had good taste ;)


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