(aus: Charakter ist nur Eigensinn)
As probably many of you already know: Armin Abmeier has died on Tuesday. This news made me speechless at first, and deeply sad. I knew about his severe illness, but at our last meeting in May he seemed calm, and very happy about the successful vernissage. I am very thankful to him for taking so much time for our interview shortly before the planned exhibition. I sent him the interview questions via eMail, and he answered them one after another from the hospital using his iPad, always adding affectionate regards to our neighborhood. For my visit of his gallery (which is near my place), he had a book by Anke Feuchtenberger ready for me, because he read in this blog that I had only borrowed my copy of this book and had to return it soon.
There are only a few people who do in their jobs what they really love to do. Armin Abmeier created the Tolle Hefte and Tolle Bücher out of his love for book illustrations and his passion for beautiful books, and he did so with an uncompromisingness regarding his high standards of quality and design which is very rare in the world of publishing which is mainly concerned with things such as number of copies, target groups and marketing channels. When I asked him about his favourite book illustrators, he responded: “They can be found quickly by looking into the ‘Tolle Hefte’”. It’s as simple as that! I thank him wholeheartedly for making exactly those books he wanted to make.