Amelia’s Magazine contributor Emma Block has been on fire this year – before she even graduated from her illustration degree she began designing a book for Hardie Grant Books, called Tea & Cake. It’s a beautiful ode to the wonderful art of, yup, you guessed it, drinking tea with a slice of cake (or a beautifully-made mushroom tart, a delightful macaroon, a gooey brownie… you get the picture).
The book is entirely illustrated by Emma Block in her inimitable style, in dainty pastel colours and collaged reliefs. From start to finish her work is featured on every single page, from pretty floral wallpaper designs which denote the start of each chapter, to tumbling stacks of tea cups and steaming freshly made cream cakes. I’ve not had a chance to try out any of the recipes (put together by a virtually invisible team who only get a name check right at the back of the book) but I’ve already salivated over every page. It’s the perfect gift for a tea and cake loving friend – and whether or not they are able to perfect the art of taking cream tea (like seriously, who has the time?!) this book will inspire and create desire in equal measures. Perfect.
You can buy Tea & Cake here.
- An interview with illustrator Emma Block, as featured in Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration
- Vintage Tea Party, by Angel Adoree: Book Review
- Paint it! Make it! Party for Japan – an illustrated report by Emma Block
- Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration (ACOFI) Launch Party – In Pictures – Night!
- Dolls Night Out