Master's Showcase: Mary Blair



We are starting a brand new series on our blog, called Master's Showcase! There is a list of illustrators who have paved the way for artists today that we wanted to honor with a special place on our blog and in our hearts. From children's books to animations, these artists influenced and inspired us with our own work! First up in the series, the late, great Mary Blair.

Mary Blair is best known for her work with Disney--she worked on a huge amount of concept and animation art on early Disney films like Dumbo, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Lady and the Tramp. Afterward, she had a successful career as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, working in advertising with companies like Nabisco and Maxwell House and illustrating many children's books. She even designed a few attractions at Disneyland, such as the It's a Small World ride. Her work is colorful and fanciful and absolutely inspirational. We love her work and gathered a few fun pieces below:

Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


Masters Showcase - Mary Blair by @redcapcards Red Cap Cards


And don't forget this weekend we have our big show happening at Gallery Nucleus! Come see Greetings and Salutations: A Collaboration with Red Cap Cards, opening on April 25th from 7-10. Check out the Facebook invite here.

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Greeting & Salutations



Have you heard about our upcoming collaboration with Gallery Nucleus? We are so proud to present our showcase entitled, GREETINGS & SALUTATIONS: An Exhibition in collaboration with Red Cap Cards.

Greetings and Salutations: An Exhibition in collaboration with Gallery Nucleus and Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

On display (and for sale too!) from April 25 through May 17 will be original works of both previously released and never before seen designs for Red Cap Cards as well as showcase some personal work from each of the artists + new cards. Featured artists include:

Anna Emilia Laitinen
Becca Stadtlander
Chris Sasaki
Christian Robinson
Jon Klassen
Yelena Bryksenkova

Come see us at the opening reception, April 25th from 7-10pm at Gallery Nucleus: 210 East Main Street, Alhambra, California 91801. Fabulous artwork, a photobooth, cocktails, treats and us! We'd love to see you. Be there or be square--and if you can't be there, just follow along with us on Instagram @redcapcards.

Bonus treat! Teagan White's original, hand-painted illustrations from the upcoming children's book Bunny Roo, I Love You will also be debuting at the same time in the adjacent Atrium Gallery!

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Shop We Love: Clementine



We are so grateful for all of the wonderful shops that carry Red Cap Cards and spread creativity and art to the masses! Today, we wanted to feature a favorite in one of our Shops We Love posts!

Shops We Love: Clementine by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

If you're ever in Vermont, be sure to swing by Clementine, a jewel of a shop that carries everything from baby clothes to stationery to bath products and home decor. Exquisitely curated (if we don't say so ourselves!) you can shop online at Clementine or pop in the shop if you're in the Northeast. Plus, owner and operator, Emily Blistein, is currently a Contributing Editor on one of our favorite stationery blogs, Oh So Beautiful Paper. Check out her Instagram if you're ever in the mood for some eye candy--it's better than Pinterest!

Shops We Love: Clementine by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Go visit Clementine:
Clementine
56 Main Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753

clementinestore.com
Or, follow Clementine on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram

Photos courtesy of Clementine

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The Perfect Easter Basket



It's Easter again! This year feels like it is already zipping by, but we didn't want to miss out on Sunday's fun, so we've whipped up an ideal Easter basket for the kiddos. The Easter Bunny is bringing a good haul this year, that's for sure, and making stops at Bergdorf Goodman and the Gap along the way (and don't forget our favorite--books!). All we need now is a giant, chocolate bunny...we'll take the ears first, please.

Happy Easter from Red Cap Cards @redcapcards -- the perfect Easter Basket

1. Make your own Ernest! You can make your own bunny using this Jennifer Murphy Bunny: Ernest the Rabbit Pattern

2. These pajamas from the GAP are awesome! Bunny print for your kiddo.

3. The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous. This book was the 1951Caldecott Medal Winner and is a story about two children who discover an Easter tradition buried in their grandma's attic.

4. Get those Easter eggs dyed! Or illustrated on, or calligraphed--whatever you like. This should be the ONLY nutritious thing in an Easter basket.

5. Now comes the yummy stuff! Overdo it on these 4-Ingredient Easter Egg Oreo Truffles from Gimme Some Oven.

6. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson, 1922 A beautiful existential story about little boy and his toy bunny who wants to be made "real." This one always brings tears to our eyes.

7. Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda. A funny tale about a Harley-riding kitty who wants to know why the Easter Bunny gets to have all the fun.

8. Jacks! Fun for hours, especially on a sugar high.

9. Reese's Peanut Butter Egg--because, of course!

10. We love this snuggly bunny! Bashful Plush Chime Bunny from Bergdorf Goodman.

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Life in "Kee Lox" by Lizzy Stewart



Life in Kee Lox, a greeting card by Lizzy Stewart for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Do you have any vintage collections? We love this little still life illustration by Red Cap artist, Lizzy Stewart, called Kee Lox, named after the pictured typewriter ribbon. A little collection of vintage odds and ends--so delightful, and just perfect to be featured as our latest Life In... collage, imagining some of our card designs as real-life scenes.

To see this card on our website, click here and check out our Artist Spotlight interview with Lizzy, here.

Okay, guys--which card should we do next?

Life in Kee Lox, a greeting card by Lizzy Stewart for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
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Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung!



Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

There's no place we'd rather than be than at home, snuggled up and reading one of these great books with the kid boss. Arlo has picked out her favorites once again for this edition of Arlo's Book Club. So grab a seat and nuzzle in close!

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

1. First up, is Home by Carson Ellis. Brought to life with fantastic, detailed illustration, Carson Ellis's book about different types of homes around the world is one of our new favorites. Curious to know what a Slovakian duchess's home looks like? Or a Kenyan blacksmith? This is a sweet and interactive look at the world around you.

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

2. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña, with illustrations by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson. This one is an absolute joy. CJ and his Nany make their way from church on a bus through the bustling city, where CJ learns about the beauty in the city around them...and the little things in life.

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

3A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School by Davide Cali, with illustrations by Benjamin Chaud. This is a funny little book full of tall tales and zany illustrations. "First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? Or is there another explanation that is even more outrageous than the rest?"

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

4. How To by Julie Morstad. This is a gorgeously written and illustrated book with lively lessons on how to do just about anything a kid might need to do. Such as "how to be brave" or "how to take things slow." This book's aesthetic is colorful and lovely, and provokes lots of discussions with the little ones on how they might feel in the illustrated "how to" situations.

Arlo's Book Club: Spring has Sprung for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

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Artist Spotlight: Lizzy Stewart



We're wrapping up our mini-series of three consecutive Artist Spotlight interviews with illustrator, Lizzy Stewart! Hailing from London, Lizzy is the author of Minnows, and is the illustrator for various products and editorials. Her work is sharp and colorful, with an inquisitive twist! We loved chatting with her about her inspirations, favorite artists and how to use watercolor "wrong." Thanks for chatting with us, Lizzy!

Artist Spotlight on Lizzy Stewart by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

You live in London--have you always lived there? Where else have your travels taken you?
I’ve lived in London for just over three years. Before that I was in Edinburgh, in Scotland where I studied, and I grew up in Plymouth, in South-West England, by the sea!

What inspires you most?
I don't know....I get asked this a lot and there's no answer really. I think, as a rule, creative people are greedy, we consume books and music and film in high volumes and that contributes to our work, of course it does. But its hard to pinpoint, at any given moment, where an influence has come from as its merged with all the other stuff going on in your head. So a drawing might come from a song I've heard, something by Withered Hand or Karen Dalton perhaps, but it also comes from the mood I was in when I woke up that morning, the weather, who I've been speaking to. Rarely do my 'favourite things' crop up in my work. I have plenty of favourite books and films (Annie Hall, Days of Heaven, The Golden Notebook, The Secret History, for example) but they don't really have much bearing on work looks in the end. Its just a feeling you get when you see something that 'gets to you.' That irrepressible urge to make things. Its important not to disregard anything you encounter, its all good stuff. The greedier you are with things the more you'll have to go on.

Did you always want to be an illustrator when you were growing up?
I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was small, I liked dinosaurs and digging, it made sense. The minute it became apparent that drawing was my thing I switched my allegiance to artist (I guess when I was nine or ten). I wanted to be a painter, originally. I moved to Edinburgh to study Fine Art when I was eighteen but somewhere along the way I realised that I was, probably, an illustrator instead. Illustrator isn’t really one of those jobs they suggest to you at school, I hadn’t even realised it was an option until I got to college.

Artist Spotlight on Lizzy Stewart by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

If you could be anything in the world (besides what you are doing now) what would you be?
I think my back-up was always writer. Which is ridiculous! I’m not sure you can ‘fall back’ on being a novelist! There are so many things that would be fascinating to do. I love the theatre and set design has always intrigued me. Similarly textile design.

Artist Spotlight on Lizzy Stewart by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with us?
I have quite a lot on the go at the moment but nothing that I can directly share I don’t think. Mostly I don’t want to jinx anything! There’s at least one book on the way...hopefully. Unless I really balls it up!

We noticed your website is named after a song by The National--do you find inspiration in music? What other bands or songs do you relate to?
Urrrgh, thats sort of an annoying bi-product of naming your website during your second year at college! I thought it sounded nice to say but now I just wish I’d used my own name. Oh well. Music is, of course, really important to me. What you listen to when working can totally steer how you work.

Artist Spotlight on Lizzy Stewart by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Do you have any spare time hobbies?
I swim three times a week. That's really important to me. Its good to do something that uses your whole body when you spend most of your time hunched over a desk. I always feel so much better after a swim and that first moment, when you dunk your head under and push off into the water, that's a great feeling. Every single time.

Artist Spotlight on Lizzy Stewart by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Who are your favorite artists or designers?
Carson Ellis is a long-term favourite. I used to pour over Decemberists artwork as a teenager, it was sort of a revelation to me. It was so beautiful and it fit the records so well and that was the first time I’d really noticed illustration beyond children’s books. Jillian Tamaki is constantly astounding. She seems to have the ability to pull an expressive portrait out of thin air with just two or three deft strokes of a brush. Laura Carlin makes beautiful books and seems to be one of the few artists doing less figurative things in UK children’s publishing. Leanne Shapton does drawing and pictures with equally preposterous levels of skill and subtlety. I like paintings by Agnes Martin, Richard Deibenkorn, Eric Ravilious. All sorts. There’s so much good stuff, fill your boots!

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
I loved Copenhagen, I feel like I know how to live there, not that I could afford it! I don’t know, I like London a lot, sometimes. Its a shame that its such an expensive city and its slowly driving everyone who isn’t obscenely rich away.

Artist Spotlight on Lizzy Stewart by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

What is your favorite medium to work in?
I love watercolour, I love using it wrong; painting with scrubby, dried out brushes, loading on too much paint, making textural work out of a medium meant for washes. I’m also very very fond of a straightforward pencil. The simplicity of it is so satisfying.

Artist Spotlight on Lizzy Stewart by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

What is your favorite piece you have ever created?
I wish I could answer this. It feels like such a cop-out to say that I don’t have one. Favourites grow tired quickly for me. Equally things I hated when I made them don’t look so terrible a few years down the line. There are projects I have been proud of (the book Minnows for example) and that's a good feeling...but there are very few things that I would say I fully ‘liked’. That's terrible isn’t it?

Artist Spotlight on Lizzy Stewart by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


To view Lizzy's designs for Red Cap, click here and view her website, here.

Images courtesy of Lizzy Stewart.
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Artist Spotlight: Blanca Gómez



Next in our quick series of Artist Spotlights: illustrator, Blanca Gómez! Blanca has been a part of the Red Cap family for quite a while, and we love her happy, minimalist, colorful illustrations. Hailing from Madrid, Spain, Blanca uses bright shapes and clean lines. We loved being able to have a little chat with her about what inspires her work, where she would like to travel and her plans for future projects. View her new(!) and old designs for Red Cap here or check out her website, here.

An artist spotlight interview with illustrator, Blanca Gómez by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Did you always want to be an illustrator?
Hello! My name is Blanca, I'm from Madrid and I'm an Illustrator. When I was a child I didn't know one could be a professional illustrator, so when I was asked I used to say I wanted to be a painter. Just to say something, to be true. When I grew up and after a lot of drifting I ended up being a graphic designer. Some more drifting and I reinvented myself as illustrator, and I hope to stay as one.

An artist spotlight interview with illustrator, Blanca Gómez by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

What is it like living and working in Spain?
I have been living here all my life, except for some breaks, so I guess it isn't that bad. Here in Madrid almost everyone of us has a love/hate relationship with the city, but in my case I think love is finally winning. It may be a cliché but what I like about Madrid is that being a big city, it still feels like a small town; I'm a city rat, but yet I enjoy that simpler, slower life, so to speak. While I physically work here, I don't consider I work in Spain, given that the 99% of my workload is for clients abroad (luckily!) There's always exceptions, but by my limited experience and what my friends and fellow Illustrators say, we still have a long road ahead.

An artist spotlight interview with illustrator, Blanca Gómez by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Do you gather inspiration from your environment? What else inspires you?
I'm not really conscious, but inevitably my environment inspires me, I'm sure; everything I like sticks in my head one way or another, and reflects when it is time to work. Because (I always say this but is true nonetheless) there is no inspiration without work. I'm a great believer in randomness during the creative process. I have started with pottery a short while ago, and I'm really enjoying it, so I think it will reflect in my work somehow.

An artist spotlight interview with illustrator, Blanca Gómez by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

What is your favorite medium to work with?
I'm not an expert in any medium, so I guess I don't have a favorite one. I like mixing and discovering new ways to make things, without an elaborate technique. Lately I like working with collage, inks and pencils.

What is your favorite piece you have ever created?
It's yet to come (or I really hope so! ;) I'm very happy with the kids book I just finished, Dear Bunny, but I'm still learning, step by step.

An artist spotlight interview with illustrator, Blanca Gómez by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

What about your favorite Red Cap Card?
Hmm, this is a tough one. I think one of the first or one of the last. Ok, I'll choose one of the last I made. I like the Present Truck, I don't know why, but a truck full of presents is always a win, I think.

If you could work in your dream job (other than what you are doing now) what would it be?
Children book author ;)

An artist spotlight interview with illustrator, Blanca Gómez by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
An artist spotlight interview with illustrator, Blanca Gómez by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Any artists or designers you really look up to and why?
Lowry, he is a painter that reminds of an illustrator. I think I've been inspired lately by his landscapes full of little people. A short while ago I discovered a Japanese artist, Aoki Tetsuo, who works with woodblock. I'm also fascinated lately by the work of Roman Muradov, mostly his inks. I must be in a somewhat dark period. I could keep going forever... so to finish, I will say I like many of the artists from Red Cap Cards, like Christian Robinson (he is pure joy!) or Jon Klassen, or a thousand more.

Favorite meal or drink?
I could never say no to a good pasta, a steak tartare or my mother's meatballs and croquettes, accompanied with red wine.

An artist spotlight interview with illustrator, Blanca Gómez by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
Argh! I'm not really answering any question :D! I don't know, there's still a big world for me to discover. I worked abroad once, I went to Berlin for a month and a half, but I came back. I would like to live for a while in Lisbon... which is also close by. I have this fantasy about traveling around the world, working and living in different places. My mother decided to go to London for a very long time when she was sixty, so there's still hope for me!

An artist spotlight interview with illustrator, Blanca Gómez by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Are there any new/current/upcoming projects you would like to share with us?
Lately I've been illustrating children books mostly. I've been illustrating one for the US, one for the UK and I have collaborated in a third, and they will all be out in the next months. Right now I'm illustrating another book for the UK, but this time is a completely different thing, it is not a book for children. When I find some time and energy, I want to start illustrating my own story. It's already written, and patiently waiting in the desk drawer. It's a hard step for me. And spring is almost here, so I project to plant a new vegetable garden in my terrace, and watch the flowers blossom.

Images courtesy Blanca Gómez
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Artist Spotlight: Anna Emilia Laitinen



With the brand new designs by Blanca Gómez, Anna Emilia Laitinen, and Lizzy Stewart, we thought we would do a few more Artist Spotlight posts to introduce you to the artists behind the beautiful designs.

First up: Finnish illustrator of the whimsical and wonderful, Anna Emilia Laitinen. We mentioned her a while back in Part 1 of our Scandinavian Dreams post. She spends her time creating fantastical watercolor worlds and we are proud to have her as part of the Red Cap family! See below:

Artist Spotlight on Anna Emilia Laitinen by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

You live in Finland--have you always lived there? Where else have your travels taken you?
In Iceland I have been living many times since 2003. I was working there with children and older people and when I started to study graphic design, I also did exchange studies in the Art University of Iceland. Now I have been living back in Finland many years, but still my dreams are to live in Iceland or another Northern island one day soon again. Lately I have been traveling in the continental Europe: Portugal, The Netherlands, Scotland, Bulgaria, Estonia and also Scandinavia. I also have been travelling a little bit in Russia. Another place that I dream to go back to is Svalbard, where I visited two years ago. It was so beautiful with glaciers, motor boat trips on the Arctic Ocean and walking in the mountains. And a little bit scary too with the 3000 polar bears.

Artist Spotlight on Anna Emilia Laitinen by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

What inspires you most?
Nature and people. We as human beings are very small next to the powerful nature. That is what I think most of the times when I paint. Even though we are very clever and all the time learning and discovering new things, we will never be as powerful as the nature is. The beauty of the nature is also how everything there interacts somehow together.

Artist Spotlight on Anna Emilia Laitinen by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Did you always want to be an illustrator when you were growing up?
Maybe I was thinking of some more traditional occupation when I was small. I used to be a teacher many times when playing on my own, my favourite part was to teach my (imagination) pupils things in the nature. But all my childhood was about making things by hands: drawing, painting, knitting, sewing, baking. When my teacher told me to apply to study graphic design, I was not sure what it meant, but I think it was a good choice, as you cannot really study only illustrating in Finland. Only after studying some time I understood that I could illustrate.

Artist Spotlight on Anna Emilia Laitinen by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

What other dream jobs would you love to pursue?
Still I think that teaching might be fun. Also working in the nature or baking.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with us?
At the moment I am working with a Japanese tableware company and the first cups, plates, glasses and bowls will be released soon. I wish to have more time this year also for a few own projects. One lovely secret I have, but I am not able to tell about it before the end of April!

Artist Spotlight on Anna Emilia Laitinen by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Your work is very tied to nature--do you feel a kinship with the environment in Finland?
Yes, very much. I think we always carry our surroundings with us, at least the ones from our childhood. I believe also to carry the landscapes of Iceland in me as I think so much about them. It is such a huge difference in a way: East of Finland where I grew up is filled with thick forests of fir trees and birches. In Iceland there are not that many trees, you can see so far that you don’t reach it in one day. The glaciers and volcanoes are so beautiful with the North Atlantic framing them. It is very interesting to think of the contrasts, though as people I think Finnish and Icelandic are pretty the same.

Artist Spotlight on Anna Emilia Laitinen by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

What other things do you like to do in your spare time?
During winter I like to go cross-country skiing and skating. I walk a lot, and run too. I also started to do some simple yoga. During summers I like to bicycle. It is good to be outside in the nature as much as possible. With friends and my god-son we are searching new things in the city. I also sing in a choir, we sing mostly traditional Finnish songs with some jazz and more entertaining ones. Whenever it is possible, I travel abroad or inside Finland. When I am painting, I cook and bake quite a lot too, it is good change to working and silent but practical time to think about the next ideas. During evenings I read a lot.

Artist Spotlight on Anna Emilia Laitinen by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

Any artists or designers that you look up to and why?
Mostly I am following musicians, I enjoy to go to concerts a lot. Last time I saw an Icelandic singer-songwriter, Ólöf Arnalds, and before that a Finnish jazz musician Verneri Pohjola. One artist that I really enjoy is Andy Goldsworthy, he works with nature in such a special and respectful way. What I love to do on my travels, is to go to see lighthouses: they tell so much about the history and how life has been. The architects that designed the lighthouses, the people who built them and the lighthouse keepers who worked in them in harsh conditions are huge heroes!

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
I love Finland, but partly I could live in Iceland, Faroe Islands or Svalbard. Anywhere by the sea would be perfect. Every place can surely become a home.

Artist Spotlight on Anna Emilia Laitinen by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Most of my works are done by watercolours. I enjoy them the most, though I also draw a little with ink and do collages.

Artist Spotlight on Anna Emilia Laitinen by Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


To view our card designs by Anna Emilia, click here.

Images courtesy Anna Emilia Laitinen

Bur Ware



We are always excited to hear about our artists' other creative ventures. Especially when it involves ceramics--one of our favorite mediums!

Red Cap artist,
Sarah Burwash, is also a talented ceramicist. Her ceramics site, Bur Ware, hosts photos of her beautiful work which are displayed around Canada. Check out some of our other favorite ceramics on Pinterest, and see a few snippets of her work below!

Bur Ware by Sarah Burwash

Bur Ware by Sarah Burwash

Bur Ware by Sarah Burwash

Bur Ware by Sarah Burwash

For more about Sarah, view our Artist Spotlight post with her, here.

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