Bookshelf: Kera Till
Kera Till is a freelance illustrator living in Munich, Germany. Being influenced by her French mother, which shows in her selection, books are mainly a source of inspiration for her. Her first book : “Dottie Polka Vintage World – A Fashion Guide to painting, crafts & dreams” was published in September 2012. At over 200 pages you can see not only many interesting facts about the history of fashion, but can act on its own. In our new section ” Bookshelf ” I spoke with Kera about her love for books.
DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST BOOK YOU READ?
Yes, it was a french version of the BABAR books, the little elephant.
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TOWARDS BOOKS ?
I grew up with lots of books around me. My mother was a publisher and my father a museum director.
IS THERE A BOOK THAT IMPRESSED YOU MORE OR EVEN HAS CHANGED YOU?
Most certainly that was a book about Christian Dior. At that time, as a little girl I started to copy images and re-draw them.
WHICH BOOKS DID YOU READ SEVERAL TIMES ?
A couple of books by Françoise Sagan and also by Camus. But I must admit that I am not a bookworm. But even if I read a lot, it is more magazines and other printed medias. I also love to read non-fiction, biographies and some books you would find in a french bookstore in the “développement personnel” section (unfortunately the name of this division in german is call “self help books”!)
WHICH BOOK IS PLACED ON YOUR NIGHT STAND AT THE MOMENT?
Right now it’s “Café Society: Mondain , mécènes et artistes”. A fascinating book about the world of Café Society in which aristocrats, billionaires, artists, fashion designers and musicians met in the first half of the 20th century.
TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT THE BOOKS THAT YOU POSESS.
Most of the books I own are antiquarian books. Books that mean a lot to me are from the fifties “Le Dictionnaire du snobbism” by illustrator and author Philippe Jullian, whom I adore. Through this anthology you realize that all those trends you consider as up to date or hip, already existed decades ago.
IS THERE A SPECIFIC ORDER IN YOUR BOOKSHELF?
I am not particularly severe but of course the books are organized by subject. That’s the only thing that makes sense to me. Even though I know the latest trend to sort books by color, which of course looks great, but makes absolutely no sense. Since I mostly use books as a source of inspiration, the challenge is rather to highlight text passages or pages that could once be useful. Therefore I use colorful post-it’s or scan single pages. I have a great shelving system, which unfortunately is no longer being produced. I also pile books on the table and on the floor.
WHOSE BOOK-SHELF WOULD YOU RECOMMEND ?
In the first place my parents book-shelf. I do not know anyone who owns more books. And my father still knows where to find each single book.