The Frogs

Since Michele was a child she had a thing for frogs. It started with frog 001, her only frog for a very long time. When she was 25 she rediscovered her first frog rummaging through a trunk filled with her childhood stuff that her mother correctly decided she would cherish later in life. She couldn’t believe her eyes, she was very glad to see him, but handled him carefully seeing he was quite fragile. The yellow felt crown that once sat on his head had worn away. She remembered hoping he would one day turn into her prince and they would live happily ever after. It wasn’t long before she stored him away once again, worried that he would completely disintegrate.

The occasional stuffed animal began appearing as birthday and christmas gifts. Her family was obviously inspired by her childhood frog. Eventually relatives and friends also began to give her anything “FROG”. T-shirts, garden statues, Christmas tree ornaments, more stuffed animals- the collection grew in quantity and quality with the very best developing, as will happen, personalities of their own.

The most unique frog, 002, Chef Grenouille (grenouille is French for frog), a stuffed animal complete with a white apron and chef’s toque received as a gift from her niece, Sarah. An entire imaginary world grew around him. This would not have been possible without Kevin Murrett, her best friend and husband. He gives life and personality to the frogs. Without him they would just be cute, but silent stuffed animals.

As a result of three things- Michele having fun celebrating this select group of frogs, sketching them and finally integrating each sketch into a collage of colorful geometry she created a book with these images. She titled the book “The Frog Project” which she thoughtfully designed symbolically representing the traditional theme of paper for her first wedding anniversary to her husband.

Michele has spent her life as a commercial interior design professional and where possible integrated her whimsical graphics and illustrations into her work. As the years went by she became less interested in interiors as she continued to sketch ideas and explore line, color, pattern and space bringing them to a new artistic level.

She has decided to flip the dynamic, establishing Michele Moses Visual Design with illustration as her focus.