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Q&A with the Artist Behind Interabang's Iconic Bookmarks

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Interabang Books is known in DFW for our great book selection, our inviting store, and our iconic bookmarks. Offered with every book purchase, our bookmarks have quickly become something of a collectable commodity in the Metroplex. Visitors to the store often ask who designs our fabulous seasonal bookmarks-- the answer is a local artist who's left her mark on Dallas's design scene.

A fourth generation Dallasite, Barbara Glazer Rosenblatt attended The Hockaday School. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from SMU Cox School of Business. Barbara is a freelance illustrator for newspapers, magazines, books, catalogues, and advertising. Her clients have included: The New York Times, Worth, Texas Monthly, D Magazine, Neiman Marcus, and Texas Business Magazine, American Way, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The Dallas Morning News. Barbara and husband Dr. Randall Rosenblatt have two daughters.

How did you become associated with Interabang Books?
I have known Nancy Perot, the store owner, since high school field hockey in Dallas, but we reconnected and became friends years later through a wonderful book club.

How do you arrive at the ideas for each Interabang bookmark?
For each bookmark there is a seasonal inspiration and a visual concept that intrigues me.

How do you incorporate the Interabang in each bookmark? Does it start with the symbol, or the other way around?
It has been a marvelous puzzle to take a design and adapt it to the Interabang symbol. Usually the drawing goes through a number of iterations before arriving at the final version. When people ask me why there is such a punctuation as an Interabang, I say ‘REALLY?!’

What’s your artistic process?
I make a number of sketches first using pencil, ink and colored pencil. The final drawing is pen and ink, watercolor and watercolor dyes. The pieces take a long time because there is a long process of concept and design.

Who are your art inspirations? What artists do you look up to?
My mother came to Dallas in 1947 as a fashion illustrator for Neiman Marcus. She provided me and my sister with art supplies and books. Exposed to the work of many artists, I was taken with the drawings of Saul Steinberg. I created notebooks filled with line drawings and visual puns. In college I was fortunate to meet the New Yorker cartoonist Ed Koren, who mentored me and advised me to illustrate for every publication on campus. Through him, I was awarded an internship at Rolling Stone Magazine, which brought me to New York. In the city, I began to illustrate for The New York Times op ed page based on a kind recommendation from the graphic artist Seymour Chwast and for other publications based in the city. During this time, I studied with Milton Glaser, a brilliant artist and an inspiring teacher.