Chatting with Prue Batten a few days ago, she reminded me of a short story she’d sent me almost a year ago that I completely forgotten. I went back and re-read it, and was, as always, enchanted. It’s from the fantasy world of her first four books, and the story was so like many dreams I’ve had that she might have pulled it right out of my brain. The most striking things about the Eirie books, for me, is their watercolor quality and the use of the same qualities I loved designing costumes: the use of color, texture, and light to create a world that is fully alive to all five senses (and in some of her characters, six).
I started to think about the descriptions of the clothing and people in the story,and my mind went into costume designer overdrive. This, to me looks like Eirie:
Isn’t that wild? And there was once a time and place where people dressed like that!! My mind is spinning – more later . . .oh, by the way, the story is called “The Orchard of Chance”.