Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Kwang-Kyu Kong

'Cheongyang Market' is a gentle book beautifully illustrated and written by Korean poet and illustrator Kwang-Kyu Kong observing the similarities between man and animal and the characters of village markets, published by Grassandwind Publishing.
The illustrations have a wonderful printed scumble effect and feel quite retro and charming.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Lee Haery

It is always very difficult to share Korean illustration, often you cannot find an English translation of the name so that you cannot even search for them. This year translations were provided at Bologna but the publishers are super protective and secretive and hate you documenting their books in any way. This book by Jeong-Sun Choy is called 'Guess Who' and is illustrated by Lee Haery using simple but very effective ink drawings combined with real foliage. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Gek Tessaro III

Gek Tessaro's work is always strikingly inventive in this book Cavalcavia he has collaged cut coloured paper to create intricate patterns on the horses and knights charging across the pages.  


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Géraldine Alibeu

'The rock that wanted to travel' written by Spanish author Nono Granero and it is illustrated by Géraldine Alibeu made me gasp out loud when I first read its images. Unable to read French I immediately fell in love with this boulder with its gentle expressions and tiny arms, speaking its strange language of red dashes.

It is not a sad story at all, but if you just read the pictures it is possible to interpret a very different story to that of the text. The main character is a large rock, isolated in a mountain landscape who dreams of traveling. An encounter with a passing geologist enables this dream to become a reality.
 I fell in love with the boulder and had to have the book. The story resonates for me  as I have wondered about reincarnation and fossils and how you would be trapped in a fossil for so long without chance of being a living creature for many millennia.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Performance Costume

I'm am away performing as part of the Performance Costume Show at ECA. I will share some of the amazing creations on my Thread, Fashion and Costume blog soon.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Michaela Kukovičová

These are some pages from a wonderful book illustrated using paper cuts by Michaela Kukovičová and published by Baobab. Michaela  uses many techniques and is a master of collage. This book is full of primitive charm and brings all the wonder of the mythical Hans Christian Andersen's paper-cuts and storytelling.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Chrudoš Valoušek

Illustrations from a set of three books published by Baobab, called 'Chrudoš's Menagerie' by Chrudoš Valoušek using techniques of mono and lino printing.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Juraj Horváth

Juraj Horváth's illustrations form a collection of short stories published by the publishing house Baobab which he established with his wife Tereza in 2000 . Since 2003 he has been leading the studio for illustration and graphic art at Prague’s Art College VŠUP.  
Baobab's stall as part of a collective supported by the Sasek Foundation at the Bologna Children's Book Fair is always such a treat, rich, varied and unique, I really admire the work which they produce. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Reinis Pētersons

"Dad" Illustrated poetry book by Kārlis Vērdiņš innovatively illustrated by Reinis Pētersons using shards of pencil and pencil sharpenings.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

ずぼんぼ Shizenbo

I have been playing with these Japanese toys since seeing them on social media. They are a traditionally a paper toy that looks like a tiger or a lion dancing. They can be very simple or complex in design but are fun to bring to life. I wanted to make mini beasts but also had a go at making a rabbit.
You make an upside down box that can catch the air attach legs with weighted feet and then you fan it so that it rises or moves. I tried a rabbit and a fly and spider and have made ladybird instructions for you.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Adventures of Madalene and Louisa

I was teaching last week in a new town and popped into a charity shop and found an odd treasure. It is rare for me to find interesting children's books in charity shops now. Most charity shops here in Scotland have stopped even stocking children's books and the ones that do, usually only keep new ones, I dread to think what they are doing with all of the older books.
This book was published in 1980 but has been created by Tim Jeal using the teenage drawings of his great, great, Aunts; Madalene (1848- 1939) and Louisa Pasley(1847-1929) the youngest of the nine children of Admiral Sir Thomas Pasley, Bart. and Jane Matilda Lily Wynyard.

These girls the youngest siblings of seven older brothers seem to have been left to their own devices and certainly escaped the charge of various governesses. Their world was one of entomology and this book has been created from their own incredible drawings of the adventures they had capturing and studying the rich diversity of insect life that existed in the British countryside of the mid-1800's.They have drawn themselves as older spinsters wrestling with gigantic insects and the pictures and stories are both funny and alarming (those poor insects). I love books like this that would most probably never get published now, this is a gem of unique history and a fascinating insight into the enquiring minds of these two young ladies and the flora and fauna of their childhood.