Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Isla Rustrick

Inspired by Iris Apfel, Isla Rustrick has created some beautiful illustrations of this fashion icon and a fabulous concertina book. Isla has graduated from Dundee's Duncan in textile design.
"In response to our excessive consumer culture, my collection focuses on emotionally durable knitwear, targeting women over the age of 40. Fashion icon, Iris Apfel, was quoted saying “I enjoy the thrill of the chase, the discovery and the endless search”. After considering how our elders once purchased clothing, I discovered a distinction between style and fashion. Aged 78, Lynn Dell, declares “My philosophy of fashion says ‘me too’ while style says ‘only me’” when featuring in “Advanced Style”, a documentation of flamboyant seniors. My research revealed that ‘exuberance’ is essential in choosing a timeless garment." Isla Rustrick

Monday, 29 May 2017

Hazel Terry: Sweet Printed Lions

Gums, Midget Gems and Liquorice used with red and black ink to make lions. It is wonderful sometimes to create for the fun of creating, no deadlines, no agenda just play.

Hazel Terry: Sweet Printed Owls

On Tuesday last week, I took a print workshop where we used sweets. Here are some owls that I created using liquorice allsorts and midget gems. I have a similar workshop today with a different group of people and I hope it is as much fun.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Ausra Kiudulaite

Ausra Kiudulaite is a Lithuanian illustrator whose work was exhibited at this years Illustration Exhibition Bologna with spreads from her book: 'Laimė yra lapė' which is created from a combination of mixed media , collage and digital compositions.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Gwen Millward II

These are some of the illustrations that Gwen Millward is currently working on for her new book about a tiger. Again featuring her wonderful techniques of layering different qualities of line and colour.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Gwen Millward I

Welsh illustrator, Gwen Millward's untitled pieces from the Illustration exhibition at Bologna. Gwen used pencil, chinagraph pencil, brush-pen and pen to build layers of line and build the story. Gwen has illustrated some of my favorite books so more of her work to follow.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Fero Lipták

Fero Lipták is a sculptor, artist and illustrator from Slovakia.
If there was a reoccurring theme to this years Bologna Children's Book Fair I would say it was the use of this technique, which I call knitting with line, where you build images by layering scribbled lines. Fero has used this technique in the book; 'Dierozrut', written by his wife Slavka Liptákova, the main character is hungry and journeys far into the universe and back looking for fulfillment.

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.