Biography of Mahlon F. Craft

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I was born in Cincinnati Ohio in December 1941. I lived with my parents in Hamlet, Ohio until 1951 when we moved to Cincinnati, where I lived till graduating from The Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1963.

Kinuko and I met at School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1964 where she had come to pursue a BFA. We lived in Chicago during our early years, where I worked as an Art Director till 1973 till leaving the business to study Photography as a Fine Art--self taught. In 1976, I spent two years building our first home at 1940 N. Hudson Ave., Chicago, IL, (since demolished) while continuing to pursue photography.

In the spring of 1983, we left Chicago to relocate in Norfolk, Connecticut where we now work and live. Since that time, I have worked closely with Kinuko designing her picture books, maintaining her web site and working on our old home.

At the present, I am a full partner of Craft Partners, which offers a completle list of Graphic Design and Graphic Arts Services.. I am also enjoying a second career as a writer of children's stories. My first published work was the retelling of Sleeping Beauty, SeaStar Books, 2002. Currently I am working on a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, to be published by HarperCollins, which will be illustrated by Kinuko. At the present time I am finding renewed enjoyment with photography which is now output on one of our two large format Epson Stylus Photo printers. I have also been creating complex digital illustration, creating both new art as well as manipulating Kinuko's existing images to create derivative art. In addition, I was recently certified as a master giclée printer, by Giclee Printers Europe and have just added fine arts printing to the list of services Craft Partners/Kinuko Y. Craft Arts offers.


1959: Diploma: Withrow High School, Cincinnati, Ohio

1963: Certificate of Completion, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, , Ohio. Laura M. Ingalls Scholarship, 1960, 1961. 1962; Major: Graphic Design, 120 semester hours,

1965. Student at Large: 1-1/2 years post graduate study in design and painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Employment history:

1965-66 Junior Art Director, Tatham, Laird & Kudner, 64 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL Accounts: Procter & Gamble; Libby's Canned Foods

1967 Art Director, Stern, Walters & Simmons, 155 East Superior St., Chicago, IL Accounts: Colgate-Palmolive, Suzuki Motorcycles

1968 Art Director, Earl Ludgin Co. 400 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL Accounts: Field Enterprises, Transunion Corp., Jewel Foods

1969 Art Director Post, Keyes Gardner, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL Accounts: Florist's Transworld Delivery (FTD) Bagatelle Perfume

1090-71 Art Director N.W. Ayer & Son, Inc. 111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL Accounts: Illinois Bell Telephone, Container Corporation of America

1973 Head Art Director, Albert Nader Advertising, 919 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL Accounts: Kaufmann Homes, Baird & Warner Real Estate

1973 to present: Fine Arts Photography: Exhibitions:

"Ojii-chan's House, a Summer Diary." Chicago Public Library, Cultural Arts Center March - May, 1980

Illinois Photographer's 80, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL work in permanent collection

Norfolk Public Library, 1984

Second Annual Alumni Juried Exhibition, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1992

Graphic Design:

Children's Books (Illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft)*: Titles by Morrow Junior Books, NY, NY: The Twelve Dancing Princesses; Baba Yaga & Vasilisa the Brave; Cupid & Psyche; Pegasus; King Midas and the Golden Touch.

Titles by SeaStar Books, NY, NY : Cinderella; Tom Thumb

*Many of these products include a significant amount of my digital illustration in addition to the complete book design.

Various posters for above books,

The Franklin Mint, 2000; Collector plate border design for Cinderella Collector plate

Ronnie Sellers Productions, 2002: Calendar cover design and image digital enhancements for "Women of Enchantment," Kinuko Y. Craft calendar for 2003 and 2004

Simon & Schuster, NY, NY: Book jacket design and digital illustration for Simon Pulse Young Adult Reader series.

Author: "Sleeping Beauty," Illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft as reteller, Sea Star Books, NY NY, Fall 2002;

Computer skills: Self taught on Mac OS: QuarkXpress, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe GoLive; webmaster:

Managing Partner: Craft Partners, 83 Litchfield Road, Norfolk, CT 06058: Design, Large Format Photography, Illustration (by Kinuko Y. Craft.) and Fine Arts Giclee Printing.