Sunday, July 30, 2006

Why Blue Rose Girls?

The Original Rose Girls

In the early 20th century, three women illustrators: Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley lived and flourished together in a shared space above the Red Rose Inn. As their careers blossomed, they were called “The Red Rose Girls”. At a time where society and the illustration profession was male dominated, the Red Rose Girls painted their own path and succeeded—an example which we dare to follow.

In 1996 three women illustrators: Grace Lin, Anna Alter and Linda Wingerter forged a bond via the internet. Relying on eachother, the seeds of their children's book careers began to take root; and they named themselves "The Blue Rose Girls," as an homage to the friendship of Red Rose Girls before them. As their work bloomed, they sent out runners and authors Libby Koponen, Meghan McCarthy, editor Alvina Ling, and former librarian/poet Elaine Magliaro soon found themselves planted.

While we don’t all live together in a shared studio space, we do, like the Red Rose Girls, depend and feed off each other for inspiration and support. Welcome to the Blue Rose Garden, we hope it is as captivating for you as it is for us.

"But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes


Unknown said...

Thanks for the explanation. I liked it, a lot. It struck a chord in me . . . go figure. I love reading the blogs you ladies put together. Very helpful, very informative.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am sure I am posting this comment in the wrong section but I had a question for Alvina.

Hi Alvina, last year I listened to you and two other editors speak at the Meet The Editors in Bucks Cty Pa. At the event, you advised you would take query letters via e-mail.

I tried to query you at the e-mail you gave but it has been returned.
My question is, Have you decided to not view query letters via e-mail?

Any help you can provide will be appreciated.



Anonymous said...

P.S. my email is

Anonymous said...

Good explanation, although I'm surprised the name didn't come from the quote in Glass Menagerie: "They're common as — weeds, but — you — well, you're — Blue Roses!"