365 Postcards for Ants
In 2013 a little known South African artist, Lorraine Loots, set herself a personal challenge: to complete one miniature painting every single day for a year. In 2014, now with a global following, she repeated the challenge, this time focusing on her beloved home city of Cape Town. The result is this retrospective, 365 Postcards For Ants, which puts a microscope on one of the world’s most beautiful cities, held in place by one of its most talented young artists.
Published in partnership with ‘Paintings For Ants’
Lorraine Loots is a miniaturist painter and online phenomenon who ignited her international career with ‘Paintings For Ants’, an unassuming personal challenge to create one miniature work a day for a full year in 2013. She undertook a similar challenge, ‘Postcards For Ants’ – the works collected in this book – in 2014, and she continues to pain in exquisitely tiny detail today. She lives in Cape Town and describes herself as a ‘sentimental’ artist who emphasises the importance of marking and celebrating each day.
For more on Lorraine and her art, see www.lorraineloots.com.
275,000+ Instagram followers
Of the book:
“Easily the most beautiful of this year’s crop of coffee table books is this very little jewel hiding behind a modest white cover which gives no hint of the magic which lies within. For 365 days Lorraine painted a miniature painting and here they all are: meerkats and beer, Cape buildings and bontebuck, picnic baskets and the Vredehoek quarry, malachite kingfishers imprisoned on the page but just waiting to fly – it is just a diamond from beginning to end. If ever there was a magical book this is it.” – Jenny Crwys-Williams
Of Lorraine's work:
“Hand-painted miniature masterpieces.” – CNN
“Absolutely exquisite.” – Huffington Post
“Rising star.” – House And Leisure
“Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots is reinventing the forgotten art of miniature paintings.” – Mail & Guardian
The online phenomenon!